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An Honest Take on the Travel Industry
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    A seemingly harmless franchise fight between the owners of the Quality Inn Vancouver Hotel and Quality Inn (the brand) has spiralled out of control into a giant consumer mess for travelers who booked rooms for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and got left high and dry. On October 16, the 100 room airport hotel – formerly known as [...]

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    Hosting the Olympics isn’t exactly all that its made out to be, in terms of visitors and tourism. Turns out that Vancouver and Whistler are suffering from something known as the ‘Olympic Avoidance Effect.’ Hotel occupancy rates have tanked in Whistler and Vancouver in advance of the games, with year on year rates down by as [...]

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    On Feb 16, 2010, faculty members of Vancouver Island University’s tourism dept. will engage in an interesting debate - Are the Olympic Games worth the high price tag to British Columbians? The answer can easily be found in the fact that it’s only been hours since the 2010 Winter Olympics got underway in Vancouver, but Canada has already kicked [...]

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    The town of Vancouver in Washington state has long been overshadowed by its more famous namesake in British Columbia, Canada. The recently concluded Olympics in Vancouver, BC brought this matter to a head, with Vancouver, Wa. getting many mistaken queries from visitors looking for the Olympic town.  As a result, Vancouver Wa. has finally decided to do [...]

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    On June 15, 2011, riots broke out in downtown Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins. At least 140 people and nine police officers were injured in the riots, and 117 people were arrested during and afterward. It’s kind of a big deal because Canadians are [...]