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Tourism & Culture

Nov 1, 2006
Victoria Tourism: No Tea Party
Peter Mitham

When the organizer of a major U.S. medical convention visited Victoria in February, the blooming crocuses and other signs of spring that characterize the city in the imaginations of winter-gripped Eastern Canadians were hardly in evidence. Instead, panhandlers and low-end...

Nov 1, 2006
Aussie Rules: Melbourne
John Lee

Behind dozens of two-inch-thick doors, along a narrow passageway that’s likely cited in dictionaries under the word “dank,” stare the faces of villains such as crinolined Martha Needle. She finished her crocheting early one day, went suddenly off her middle-class rocker and poisoned most of her family. Luckily, these nutbar miscreants...

Oct 3, 2006
China-Canada Tourism: Slow Boat
Don Whiteley

Thousands of Chinese tourists would flock to our shores, they said. We'd be drowning in visitors, they said. One small question: where the hell are they? For decades, U.S. tourists have been the mainstay of B.C.'s tourism sector. But a...

Oct 2, 2006
Gateway Casinos: Winner Takes All
Jean Sorensen

For Gadhia, president of Gateway Casinos, B.C.'s second-largest casino company, the trip was also a homecoming; he left Tanzania as a 10-year-old boy and moved to Canada. "I wanted to give a sense of meaning to my return as well as contribute to my adopted country," he says. Not a conventional...

Oct 2, 2006
Los Angeles Travel: La-La Land
John Lee

I'm sitting outside a beachside café in Los Angeles in the middle of an unexpected storm, yawning uncontrollably as I wait for a hangover-busting greasy breakfast. Luckily, I'm enclosed in one of those see-through plastic shelters cautious restaurateurs attach to their patios when they don't trust the local weather forecast.

Sep 1, 2006
Asian Travel: Malaysian Malaise
John Lee

But as I prepare to throw myself at the door, the pilot’s clipped tones crackle overhead, announcing our descent into Kuala Lumpur. Triggering a scramble of activity from sleep-deprived passengers who’ve been in stasis too long – it’s like watching a cave full of uncoordinated grizzlies blundering out of hibernation...

Sep 1, 2006
Vancouver's Olympic Budget Challenge
Alan Forsythe

It was meant to be just another Olympic-hyping press conference, complete with photo ops of the visiting Torino Games CEO Cesare Vaciago chumming it up with VANOC CEO John Furlong. But reporters who showed up at the mid-July event expecting...

Sep 1, 2006
False Creek, Dubai
Trevor Brody

In a globalized world, goods move, capital flows, people travel, but cities stay put. Streets and buildings and seawalls are the ultimate fixed assets, each set on the map, locked into its own particular site. Or so I thought. Now...

Sep 1, 2006
B.C. Corporate Tours: Big Incentive
Peter Mitham

With its skiing in the morning and golfing in the afternoon, B.C. has lots of big incentives for corporate tour groups. But is the industry willing to ante up the marketing dollars needed to capture a piece of the growing international incentive-travel market?

Aug 1, 2006
Quebec Travel: Je me Souviens
John Lee

I’m zig-zagging between the grassy knolls on the Plains of Abraham with a heavy heart. Now a swath of tranquil parkland, this historic Quebec City locale is where hundreds lost their lives in the 1759 battle between French and British...

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