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Tourism & Culture

May 20, 2016
Growing international interest in Canadian art fuels sales records for Heffel
Marcie Good

Heffel Fine Art Auction House's 2015 fall auction in Toronto was the highest-grossing art auction ever held in the country, raking in $23.4 million in revenues. That was thanks to a growing international interest in Canadian art, says president David Heffel, and he has high expectations for next week's annual...

Apr 6, 2016
Whistler plans roller coaster, water park in new development plan
Felicity Stone

Whistler Blackcomb has plans to increase its non-skiing attractions as part of a $345-million development plan with a focus on year-round activities to be built out in three phases, starting with $90-100 million for new features that include an indoor water park, roller coaster and two new high-speed lifts. While the...

Apr 4, 2016
A sneak peek into Expedia's new nautical-themed Vancouver office
Felicity Stone

At Expedia’s new office in Vancouver, employees are encouraged to write on the walls. “If it’s shiny, you can write on it,” says Matthew Eichhorst, president of Expedia CruiseShipCenters. “We try to really think about the tools that everybody needs in the organization.” All employees have desks that can be...

Mar 23, 2016
Poor ferry service hampers tourist visits to B.C.’s northern coast
Marcie Good

Tourism opportunities along B.C.'s northern coast are currently hampered by inconsistent and inconvenient ferry service, according to a group of tourism associations, First Nations and businesses. “We as a tourism industry want to make sure we can capitalize on the interest right now in the Great Bear Rainforest,” says Keith Henry...

Mar 17, 2016
Supreme Court to hear First Nations claim against Jumbo Glacier Resort
Felicity Stone

The Jumbo Glacier Resort has hit another bump in the road. The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a claim from the Ktunaxa First Nation that the proposed development would interfere with their religious practices because the resort would be located in an area of spiritual significance and would irreparably harm their...

Mar 11, 2016
Tournament puts Vancouver on the global rugby map
Marcie Good

Lucky seven This weekend’s HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament, held for the first time in front of a Canadian audience at BC Place, exceeded organizers’ targets for both ticket sales and sponsorship support. “The enthusiasm with which Vancouver and frankly Canada has embraced this event is beyond what we expected, but...

Mar 2, 2016
Visiting Dallas? Think contemporary art, not BBQ
Matt O'Grady

While stereotypes may be shorthand for the lazy, in each stereotype lies a grain of truth. Take Texas, for example. America’s second-largest and second-most-populous state is an increasingly cosmopolitan and diverse place, with big cities that rival Chicago, L.A. and New York for culinary and cultural excellence. And yet, in...

Feb 18, 2016
Vancouver smashes record for film activity in 2015
Marcie Good

Hit film Last weekend, the Vancouver-shot Hollywood feature Deadpool opened in theatres like a superhero, demolishing box office records for R-rated films. It seemed to lend its bionic strength to the city, which released a new report on Friday boasting its own new figures: film activity increased 40 per cent in...

Feb 16, 2016
5 things you need to know about the budget
Marcie Good

Finance Minister Mike de Jong unveiled a balanced budget on Tuesday, with a three-year plan to stay in the black. Here are a few of the big takeaways: 1. Some, but not much, action on housing affordability Yes, your provincial government realizes that Vancouver housing is expensive! Measures to address the...

Feb 15, 2016
TED returns to Vancouver, with a twist
Jacob Parry

Technology, education, design outTED is back. The annual ideas fest has landed in Vancouver for its third year, with this year's five-day conference headlined by Al Gore, show runner Shonda Rhimes and singer songwriter John Legend, among others. Event organizers expect 1,400 attendees who paid at least $8,000 for tickets. What is not back, however, is...

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