Travel Trade eNewsletter Winter 2015
Tourism Victoria Welcomes Angelina Pappone
Tourism Victoria is pleased to announce that a great new talent has joined our travel trade team to support our ongoing modernization of our approach to this channel. Effective May 16th, Angelina Pappone joined our travel trade team in the role of Sales & Market Development Manager for USA and Europe. Angelina started her sales career with Hilton Hotels in London, England before moving back to Canada to join Expedia in revenue and market management based in Toronto. Progressing up through the Expedia ranks, as Account Manager, Angelina was ultimately responsible for 250+ accounts and over $40 million in revenues generated through hotel partners in BC and Victoria.Her proven success in new acquisitions and contract negotiations combined with digital savvy and strong content marketing ability will undoubtedly be an asset to our organization and our customers as we continue to transform the way we do business in the digital age. We look forward to welcoming Angelina to the team and working with her to help reinvigorate an important channel with a clear focus on the important USA market; all in an effort to build success and opportunities for our members and grow the business for our destination.
Please join us in welcoming Angelina to the Tourism Victoria team!
Afternoon Tea: A Victoria Tradition
When the British immigrated to Victoria, BC, they brought the practice of afternoon tea with them and it has been an honoured tradition in Victoria ever since. The Fairmont Empress is renowned as the iconic afternoon tea experience in Victoria, however there are a number of other tea rooms and experiences available around the city. The West Coast Afternoon Tea at the Hotel Grand Pacific combines flavours found in Pacific Pan Asia and the clean, savoury elements of the wild west coast. Their tea program is heavily influenced by Asian culture, consisting of a custom mix of single-estate teas and blends, all presented in a culturally appropriate way. Their teas are curated in the same way that a sommelier chooses a wine list, and they work very closely with Silk Road Tea Company's resident Tea master Daniela Cubelic on both the selection and the presentation. At Venus Sophia Tea Room and Vegetarian Eatery, indulge in an entirely vegetarian Afternoon Tea menu paired with a hand blended leaf tea. Stop by for one of their seasonal Afternoon Teas including their Valentine's, Fall and Christmas teas. If you are looking for a truly British Tea experience stop by the London Tube for their Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea. Guests are invited to "tumble down the rabbit hole" and enjoy a wonderful world of tea. The Huntingdon Manor also offers a fresh take on the classic Afternoon Tea in their elegant Pendray Restaurant located in the historic Gatsby Mansion. They offer a selection of fine teas and beautiful tea plates filled with assorted sweets and breads. Afternoon Tea is an experience not to miss out on while you are in Victoria. Finally, The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden offers four-star guest service and exceptional food in a beautiful setting, giving guests an Afternoon Tea memory to cherish. Seasonal menus showcase regional or Abkhazi Garden-grown produce, complementing the garden's appearance when it is in bloom.
Sea to Sky Victoria
We're closer than you think in Victoria, BC! Flying from Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) to Victoria (YYJ) only takes 40 minutes, and Delta Airlines has made it easy for you by adding three new daily flights. Combined with Alaska Air's daily service you now have up to seven daily flights to choose from, and the handy YYJ Airport Shuttle will transfer you downtown in under an hour from the airport. Victoria Clipper, the catamaran passenger ferry connecting Seattle and Victoria, has up to three daily sailings, while Kenmore Air, the speedy seaplane route between Sea-Tac and Victoria, takes just 45 minutes from Lake Union or one hour and 25 minutes from Lake Washington. Unwind and enjoy the incredible views of the Puget Sound, snow-capped Olympic Mountains and rugged San Juan Islands either from the sea or sky; both of these routes arrive directly in to Victoria's Inner Harbour.
Victoria Distillers: Get in the Spirit
For the past 10 years Victoria Distillers have been producing some of BC's finest handmade cocktail spirits in their copper pot still under the name Victoria Spirits. To accommodate their growing business, in 2016, the distillery has moved to a unique waterfront location in Sidney, BC. This larger facility, along with another larger copper still locally made by Specific Mechanical, opened its doors in May of 2016, welcoming the public for animated tours, informed tastings, and very soon innovative drinks and bites in the on-site lounge and outside patio area aimed to open early summer of 2016.
Victoria Hippo Tours Return
Victoria is thrilled to welcome back Victoria Hippo Tours this summer. The Hippo Tour is conducted on a unique forty passenger amphibious vessel that offers a combined land and sea tour of downtown Victoria and the Inner Harbour. Views of the Olympic Mountains and the Salish Sea follow you everywhere on this tour of Canada's most picturesque city. The Hippo experience is an uninterrupted, 90 minute narrated tour. Your hippo guide will provide a fun and informative commentary throughout the tour. Some of the highlights along the route include Historical Chinatown, Bastion Square, The Fairmont Empress Hotel, Beacon Hill Park and Fisherman's Wharf. The most exciting aspect of the tour is the Splash! Followed by a tour of Victoria's beautiful Inner Harbour and surrounding waterways.
Discover the rich Aboriginal culture in Victoria through engaging festivals, eco-tours and exhibitions. Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Festival from June 17 to 19, 2016 and enjoy more than 30 live music and dance performances, interact with artists, and try traditional food from vendors including the Songhees Seafood and Steam food truck. Take a tour on the water with Eagle Wing Tours and learn about the traditional territory of the Songhees First Nation with a Songhees Nation guide while looking for local marine life. Find out about B.C.'s Aboriginal communities through the Royal B.C. Museum's Our Living Languages exhibit and admire incredible Aboriginal art works from serigraph prints and carvings to photo exhibits and installations at the Legacy Art Gallery. For more information, visit www.aboriginalbc.com/victoria-aboriginal-festival.
Spectacular Summer Evenings at The Butchart Gardens Begins June 15th
Spectacular Summer Evenings at The Butchart Gardens begin June 15th. The perfect family experience! Come in late afternoon and enjoy the breathtaking floral splendor that greets you at every turn. Take time to relax and experience the culinary delights in the Dining Room Restaurant or enjoy lighter fare in the Blue Poppy Restaurant. As dusk settles, thousands of lights, of varying intensity and colour, transform The Gardens into an enchanting wonderland of light and shadow known as Night Illumination (June 15 to September 15). The Concert Lawn on Summer evenings in July and August comes alive with a variety of performing artists. Sit on benches provided, or bring your own lawnchair or blanket and enjoy live performances in the open air. A full 64 nights of entertainment! Firework Saturdays begin July 2nd and continue for 10 consecutive Saturdays, rain or shine. Sure to dazzle, the half hour pyrotechnic show is choreographed to music. Show times vary so please visit the website. During the summer months, enjoy a 45-minute natural adventure,exploring the history and wildlife of Todd Inlet and the local waters of Brentwood Bay on one of four eco-friendly boats. Wildlife you may see include seals, herons, eagles, and otters in their natural habitat on the waters of Brentwood Bay and Todd Inlet. You will also learn of The Gardens beginnings as a limestone quarry and its adjoining cement plant. Make it your Spectacular Summer at The Butchart Gardens.
Going Local Blog
Stay informed on everything Victoria by visiting our "Going Local Blog." Find out about upcoming Tourism Victoria campaigns, learn about Greater Victoria and the surrounding areas through our Regional Spotlights, and get great tips on where the locals dine, visit and play. http://www.tourismvictoria.com/blog/