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HOLIDAY INN® HOTELS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF FIRSTS

Launches Memorable “Firsts” Consumer Campaign to Giveaway

Up to 60 Free Room Nights a Day in August

ATLANTA (August 1, 2012) – The Holiday Inn brand family, the world’s largest midscale hotel brand by number of rooms, is globally celebrating 60 years of innovative firsts today by launching an extensive campaign to mark the brand’s anniversary. The vision by founder Kemmons Wilson to build a chain of hotels with a brand name guests could trust was the driving force behind developing the first Holiday Inn hotel in 1952. Holiday Inn has always applied this pioneering spirit and as a result prides itself in having a rich heritage of ‘firsts’. From the first hotel brand to offer ‘Kids Stay Free’, to the first brand to offer a pool, restaurant, lounge and free ice – Holiday Inn has transformed the hospitality industry with its innovative and modern approach to guest services.

“The 60th Anniversary of Holiday Inn is a global celebration of firsts. From being the first hotel brand to take online bookings to being the first international midscale hotel brand in China, Holiday Inn has continued to demonstrate its leadership position in the industry,” said Verchele Wiggins, vice president, Global Brand Management, Holiday Inn Family of Brands.“Like Holiday Inn, our guests have celebrated many firsts over the years, but most importantly they’ll never forget them – which is why we’re inviting guests to share their memorable firsts with us.”

Now through August 31, 2012, consumers in participating countries who share a story, photo, or video of their memorable firsts on Holiday Inn’s Facebook page or via Twitter using the hashtag #celebratefirsts will be entered to win one of 60 free room nights* being given away every day in the month of August to any Holiday Inn hotel in the world.

Holiday Inn is a global icon with 3,375 hotels on six continents across its family of brands, which include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Club Vacations. From the first roadside motel in 1952 to the recent completion of a $1 billion global refresh, Holiday Inn continues to evolve to meet the needs of its guests. The Holiday Inn global refresh was the largest brand relaunch ever in the history of the hospitality industry. The reinvigoration embraced the brand’s traditional values yet made them relevant for many years to come. This is further demonstrated by Holiday Inn receiving the highly acclaimed J.D. Power and Associates Award for “Highest in Guest Satisfaction among Midscale Full Service Hotel Chains” both in 2011 and 2012.

To celebrate the brand’s evolution from its beginnings to its modern day offerings, also beginning today through September 30, 2012, Holiday Inn invites guests from around the world to recreate and share their “Then & Now” photos – whether it’s a memorable moment, a memorable first or a memorable Holiday Inn experience – on Holiday Inn’s Facebook page. “Then & Now” is based on a popular internet meme where old photographs are recreated in present day, capturing every detail as precisely as possible. The brand will select 4 winning entries from participating countries to win a week-long family vacation at the Holiday Inn hotel of their choice, anywhere in the world.†

To further commemorate the occasion, the children of Holiday Inn founder Kemmons Wilson will come together in Memphis, Tennessee today at the Holiday Inn Memphis – Wolfchase Galleria to re-create one of their memorable firsts – the photo of their original ribbon cutting from the opening of the very first Holiday Inn hotel. Consumers will be able to view this and other “Then & Now” photo submissions from guests around the world on the Holiday Inn Facebook and Tumblr pages.

*Free nights will be given as Priority Club Rewards points; Open to residents in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Void in Quebec and where prohibited; For Rules and complete details, visit the Holiday Inn Facebook page.

†Open to residents in the U.S., Canada, Mexico. Void in Quebec and where prohibited; For Rules and complete details, visit the Holiday Inn Facebook page.

don’t forget….

Hot buffet breakfast included and parking and internet plus the 24 hr Airport shuttle (call for pick up) all free.

 Indoor pool, hot tub, fitness plus ALL rooms have microwave, fridge & Coffee/Tea, All rooms are large and spacious with 32-inch flat-panel TVs.

Special SPA King rooms and Full Kitchen Suites, 1-2 bedrooms & 2 great meeting rooms too!

Fantastic convenient location, great reviews, and a nice quiet area, with plenty to do; 19 Movies, IMAX, Bowling, 6 Ice Rinks, Watermania, Gold’s Gym, Go Bananas and more. Dining choices galore; Stanley’s Bar & Grill, Big River Pub & Grille, Subway, Old Spaghetti Factory, and more.

Newest Holiday Inn Express in Richmond & Vancouver, BC – super great staff.  www.tourismRichmond.com www.tourismvancouver.com http://www.hellobc.com/  the perfect getaway http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g181716-d676262-Reviews-Holiday_Inn_Express_Hotel_Suites_Riverport-Richmond_British_Columbia.html  great reviews

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Popular question…at our hidden gem


What is this flower at our hotel entrance?

“California Lilac or Ceanothus“.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=urXwmKWrwE0 = California Lilac

http://www2.canada.com/vancouversun/features/whysall/story.html?id=25a612df-a384-4780-9063-7f94d3715c2a  California lilac

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http://www.richmond.ca/busdev/devzoning/landscaping/wildflowers.htm

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don’t forget….

Hot buffet breakfast included and parking and internet plus the 24 hr Airport shuttle (call for pick up) all free.

 Indoor pool, hot tub, fitness plus ALL rooms have microwave, fridge & Coffee/Tea, All rooms are large and spacious with 32-inch flat-panel TVs.

Special SPA King rooms and Full Kitchen Suites, 1-2 bedrooms & 2 great meeting rooms too!

Fantastic convenient location, great reviews, and a nice quiet area, with plenty to do; 19 Movies, IMAX, Bowling, 6 Ice Rinks, Watermania, Gold’s Gym, Go Bananas and more. Dining choices galore; Stanley’s Bar & Grill, Big River Pub & Grille, Subway, Old Spaghetti Factory, and more.

Newest Holiday Inn Express in Richmond & Vancouver, BC – super great staff.  www.tourismRichmond.com www.tourismvancouver.com http://www.hellobc.com/  the perfect getaway http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g181716-d676262-Reviews-Holiday_Inn_Express_Hotel_Suites_Riverport-Richmond_British_Columbia.html  great reviews

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Top 10th in Canada Tripadvisor award winner – Cheers!


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TCH_winnericon (Photo credit: Ashlie Dove)

NEWS FLASH..

You’ve won a 2012 Travelers’ Choice Award Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport
Top 25 Hotels for Families in Canada  you’ve placed 10th in Canada

 Ta da…..

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport is HONORED IN THE

2012 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

Richmond, BC, Canada. – April 4, 2012 – TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, today reveals Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport was chosen as 10th overall winner in Canada by TripAdvisor in its 2012 Travelers’ Choice® awards.

The annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

“With the help of millions of travelers around the globe, TripAdvisor is thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the Travelers’ Choice Awards,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “Recognizing the best of the best based on traveler feedback and reviews, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

For reviews on the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport, go to Trip Advisor Rating

 www.hieRichmond.com  @hierichmond

For the complete 2012 Travelers’ Choice list, go to www.tripadvisor.com/travelerschoice.

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Amazing guest photos in our area, a must see, who knew?


Photo Credit – Calvin You

Bird watchers from around the world come to stay with us and here are a few of their photos from their last trip to our area.  We didn’t even know some of these incredible  birds were so close. Hover over the photos to see what type of bird it is….

Send me the names if you know the missing ones.

 Contact to participate in one of these adventures: tour@birdingvancouver.com

www.birdingvancouver.com  …FYI this site is under construction

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Richmond to Celebrate Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada


Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada (Photo credit: John Biehler)

Richmond to Celebrate Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada

 Richmond Olympic Oval Corporation Notice

12 January 2012

All Things Hockey Under One Roof will be the theme as the iconic Richmond Olympic Oval joins in the celebration of the annual Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada.

Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
(early 10:00 a.m. entry for Oval Members and their friends and family upon showing their Oval membership card)
Location: Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Road
Admission: Free

Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will be a free, family-focused, day-long celebration of Canada’s greatest passion, all under the Richmond Olympic Oval’s massive 6.5-acre wood roof.

From special appearances by hockey legends to big screen broadcasts of all seven of Canada’s NHL teams in action to the chance for fans to test out their hockey skills with hours of ice hockey, ball hockey, street hockey and more, it will be one of the largest celebrations of hockey ever held in Richmond.

“Richmond has a rich hockey tradition and we share all Canadians’ passion for the sport, so we’re delighted to be part of this year’s celebrations of Hockey Day in Canada” says Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “This February marks the second anniversary of the thrilling Gold Medal victories of our men’s and women’s hockey teams in the 2010 Games. What better place to celebrate those anniversaries and Canada’s love of hockey than in the premier venue of the 2010 Olympics.”

Richmond Celebrates Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada is hosted by the Richmond Olympic Oval, the City of Richmond and presented by Scotiabank.

All attendees will be able to enter to win a trip for two to Japan, courtesy of Westjet and Japan Air Lines. Other highlights include:

  • Appearances by NHL legends, including Trevor Linden, other Vancouver Canucks alumni, and Canucks mascot Fin.
  • The Hockey Hall of Fame’s “Legends” exhibit featuring memorabilia, interactive experiences and a number of NHL trophies, including the Hart Memorial Trophy awarded to the NHL’s most valuable player.
  • A giant screen with CBC TV broadcasts of games featuring all seven Canadian NHL teams.
  • An interactive fun zone where fans can test their shooting and other hockey skills.
  • A day-long hockey jamboree on twin Olympic-sized ice sheets.
  • Sony PlayStation video games section, plus table hockey and air hockey challenges.
  • A public entry road hockey tournament on the Oval plaza organized by Urban Rec.
  • Numerous merchandise giveaways, prize draws and fun contests.

“We are counting down to Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada on February 11, where we’ll join hockey fans across our country in celebrating the game we love,” said David Poole, Senior Vice President, BC & Yukon Region, Scotiabank. “It’s going to be an unforgettable day in Richmond, where hockey fans of all ages can take part in this rich experience, whether they join us in person or watch the action unfold from home.”

Doors will open to the public at 10:30 a.m. and the celebration will last until 10:00 p.m.; early entrance at 10:00 a.m. for Richmond Olympic Oval members and their friends and family by showing membership card.

Additional event partners include Boston Pizza, Coca-Cola, Van Houtte Coffee, Fortis BC, Stuart Olson Dominion, Bossa Productions, Concord Pacific, Aberdeen Centre and the Vancouver Airport Authority. ”

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Rick Hansen Global Accessibility Map


ImageTo commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour, the Rick Hansen Foundation has introduced the Global Accessibility Map; an easy-to-use online ratings tool that offers the opportunity to submit and search reviews from a mobility, sight or hearing perspective on the accessibility of buildings, public spaces and tourist attractions in communities around the world.

Through these consumer reviews, the Global Accessibility Map is part of the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to improving accessibility and quality of life for all people – including people with disabilities, seniors and parents with strollers; allowing them to make informed decisions on everyday activities such as where to eat, shop, work and play.

Join Rick’s journey towards creating a more accessible and inclusive world, by visiting globalaccessibilitymap.com to submit your reviews.

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Corporate Team Building – this is it


Wineries  

TripAdvisor

 Golf  

Go Karting, INDOOR KART RACING @ TBC

or outdoor http://www.richmondgokarts.com/ Richmond Go Karts

Corporate Team Building   this is the place to connect!
www.riverport.ca is the place to be, www.hieRichmond.com the place to stay

When Corporations choose the Holiday Inn Express Richmond for team building it is a perfect match. So many choices out our door and in the area.
Keep them together with experiential events.

Our meeting rooms accommodate the prequel and bowling, movies, pubs the fun venues.  http://rombizco.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/tips-for-effective-team-building/ 

New hotel in Richmond, BC YVR

Vancouver Airport Hotel, YVR's quaint, quiet choice

Whale Watching in Richmond, BC
 

Steveston Village has Whale Watching adventures.

Richmond, BC

Delta Chamber of Commerce

Richmond Chamber of Commerce
http://www.tourismrichmond.com/ 
Tourism Richmond

Anna Smith,  Sales & Marketing Manager

NEW Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Riverport, Richmond-Vancouver Airport area

10688 No. 6 Road,   Richmond  BC  V6W 1E7
www.HIERichmond.com

Tel:  604-241-1830   Hotel & 24 hr Airport Shuttle pick-up

Fax: 604-241-1840  Anna:  Direct:   604-248-8200 

asmith@HIERichmond.com

Hop aboard our 24hr ‘Airport Shuttle’ free

Ask about our Stay Park & Go program free

https://hierichmond.wordpress.com

Trip Advisor Rating    #2 out of 25 hotels in Richmond for business travel

 Guest Reviews  Trip Advisor Rating 

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http://twitter.com/#!/hierichmond

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Holiday Inn Express Youtube


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=JInG3WAGI3A

24 hour shuttle - call for pick up, no stops

Airport Shuttle, 24 hour, call for pick up

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Grey Cup November 25-27, 2011


Need rooms, no problem, watch the game in our great room and take the elevator home.

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Tourism Richmond newsletter


Front view the Richmond Olympic Oval, Richmond...

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TOURISM RICHMOND Member E-Newsletter ________________________________________

A bimonthly e-newsletter highlighting successes, announcements and news from our members, partners and our industry. October 2011 – Edition 1 Tourism Richmond Website Did you know that our Website is pulling in Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews? Take a look at your business’s profile at http://www.tourismrichmond.com and see what reviewers are saying about you. Not only do we pull Yelp and TripAdvisor reviews, but we also connect to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Please make sure to send you URLs to Roberta Mercer. Faces of Richmond Our Marketing Department is putting together a video series called ‘The Faces of Richmond’. Do you have a unique story about your time in Richmond or do you know of someone with interesting origins here? Well, we want to hear from you. If you or someone that you know is interested in being included in ‘The Faces of Richmond’ please let Roberta Mercer know now. We are taking nominations for inclusion until Monday October 17th. Luxury Vacation Contest Make sure to check out our Luxury Vacation Contest running until October 21st, 2011. More – View and Enter the Contest Travel Classics Writers Conference The communications team is attending the Travel Classics media conference coming to Vancouver October 6-9 and will host 60 of North America’s top travel editors and writers. Media outlets represented include National Geographic Magazine, O Oprah Magazine, The New York Times and Globe and Mail. More – Conference | Media Hosting At the end of September, the communications team hosted York Membery, an award-winning travel journalist from the UK whose outlets include the Sunday Mirror, BBC History Magazine, the Independent and the Financial Times. York’s visit included a stop at the Richmond Olympic Oval, a dim sum breakfast at Fisherman’s Terrace, a tasting at Lulu Island Winery and a tour of the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. More – Richmond Olympic Oval | More – Fisherman’s Terrace | More – LuLu Island Winery | Gulf of Georgia Cannery | FAMTripTV.com is now live This online Richmond ‘webisode’ explores and showcases our city’s viability for meetings and conferences. Our city has been highlighted to include hotels/venues/meeting facilities, local cultural activities/excursions, transportation to/from and within and opportunities to help prospective meeting and event planners plan their next event. More – view it here | The Richmond Reel Video Chris has been busy. Make sure you check out these wonderful features. More – The West Richmond Pitch and Putt | More – Lulu Island Winery | More – Iona Beach Stargazing | More – Biking Tour of Richmond’s Dykes > ________________________________________ Luxury Vacation Contest Travel Classics Writers Conference FAMTripTV.com  The Richmond Reel – The West Richmond Pitch and Putt The Richmond Reel – LuLu Island Winery The Richmond Reel – Iona Beach Stargazing The Richmond Reel – Biking tour of Richmond’s Dykes Vancouver Aquarium Rescue Stories New RCMP Detachment Members need to know Your visit to The Vancouver Aquarium saves lives Did you know that the Vancouver Aquarium typically rescues over 150 animals every year? More – Rescue Stories | Congratulations CMYK CMYK is named by Business in Vancouver “Top 25 Promotional Products Companies in BC” for the second consecutive year. More – view it here | More – Business in Vancouver | New RCMP Detachment in Richmond More – view it here | > ________________________________________

Welcome to Tourism Richmond For more information on Tourism Richmond’s newest members please click the business name. China Travel Service Ltd. Butaya Restaurant Sportstown BC Do you know anyone who will benefit from Tourism Richmond’s membership and services? Please refer them to Stacey Chyau, Tourism Richmond’s Membership Sales Associate. > ________________________________________ Want to be a member too ?

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New BC Place Stadium opening Friday September 30, 2011 Vancouver, BC Canada


New BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, BC Canada

Home to the BC Lions Football Team

New BC Place

Beautiful BC

The team at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport-Richmond is excited for the big opening tomorrow:

WE’RE GOING OPEN-AIR.
(BUT HOLD THE RAIN.)

Revealing over 7500 square metres of clear blue sky, the new retractable roof will turn BC Place into a year-round, open-air facility and a new architectural signature for our province.

This cable-supported roof is the biggest of its kind in the world, and lets us tailor the atmosphere for any event — from summer festivals in the sun, to football games under the stars, to indoor exhibitions comfortably protected from the rain. The transformation takes just 20 minutes.

For a closer look at the roof, download the BC Place Google Earth model.

Roof Facts

  • The blue-sky opening is 100 metres by 85 metres — the same size as the field below.
  • The fabric roof section retracts into the centre of the opening, where it’s hidden inside of a pod above the videoboard.
  • Each of the support masts is 47 metres tall. All together, the structure is like 18 suspension bridges, each around 200 metres long.
  • The new roof is much more energy efficient than the original roof, saving 25 percent on energy costs (or about $350,000 per year).

City of Richmond YVR to find the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport Richmond, BC if you need a place to stay on this memorable day.

www.youtube.com/hierichmondbc

Birds eye view of BC Place Stadium

New BC Place

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Best Hotel features guests like…


Hot buffet breakfast included and parking and internet plus the 24 hr Airport shuttle (call for pick up) all free.

Indoor pool, hot tub, fitness plus ALL rooms have microwave, fridge & Coffee/Tea, All rooms are large and spacious with 32-inch flat-panel TVs.

Special SPA King rooms and Full Kitchen Suites, 1-2 bedrooms & 2 great meeting rooms too!

Fantastic convenient location, great reviews, and a nice quiet area, with plenty to do; 19 Movies, IMAX, Bowling, 6 Ice Rinks, Watermania, Gold’s Gym, Go Bananas and more. Dining choices galore; Stanley’s Bar & Grill, Big River Pub & Grille, Subway, Old Spaghetti Factory, and more.

Newest Holiday Inn Express in Richmond & Vancouver, BC – super great staff.

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Whale Watching in Richmond, BC amazing


Whale Watching Steveston Village

Whale Watching in Richmond, BC

Steveston Village has Whale Watching adventures.

 Vancouver Whale Watch 

 

Vancouver Whale Watch. Whale Watching Season – April 1 to October 31. In The Blogosphere. Vancouver Whale Watch in the Blogoshere… Richmond Reel 10 percent off for BC Day 10 percent off Just Because Buy a Gift Certificate for a

 
12240 2 Ave  Richmond, BC V7E 3A3
(604) 274-9565 Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
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Holiday Inn Express #Facebook #Cruiseship Shuttle


Cruiseship transfers to and from our Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Richmond, BC

Transfers to and from our hotel to the cruiseship terminal

Fishing boats at the Steveston docks. Richmond...
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 http://www.seaandskishuttle.com/ now provides service from our New  Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Richmond, BC to the Cruise Ship terminals downtown Vancouver see for yourself  http://www.seaandskishuttle.com/

 great service at a super great price.  YVR  $14.00 per person to or from the terminal at Canada Place Cruiseship

Secure your seat on our shuttle  Contact us to make your reservation  Sea & Ski Shuttle and Transfers Ltd ∙ Vancouver, BC

 Phone (778) 724-1128

 Email  

seaandskishuttle@novuscom.net

 

Check out our Follow seaskishuttle on Twitterfeed

Visit us on acebook

 

Ask about our free parking too!  Free Breakfast Buffet, Free Internet, Free local calls, “Free Airport shuttle 24 hrs on demand, call for pick-up 604-241-1830″.

Facebook lovers now get your fill of us and  the great ideas posted by our fans!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Holiday-Inn-Express-Suites-Riverport-Richmond/145996362141048?sk=page_getting_started#!/pages/Holiday-Inn-Express-Suites-Riverport-Richmond/145996362141048 

see for yourself lots of fun

Richmond Night Market now on Friday Saturday Sunday – Tourism Richmond tells all !

New  Facebook and New Shuttle to Cruiseships news up to the minute!

Holiday Inn Express Smartphone App.   get it  IGH app get it PCR app get it

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Pancakes now at Holiday Inn Express & Suites


New addition to our breakfast buffet, freshly made pancakes, add one to your breakfast today.

Videos for holiday Inn Express+Pancakes

 

 
 

Holiday Inn Express Pancake Machine
4 min – 23 Feb 2011
Uploaded by vasseghy
youtube.com

 
 

Breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express: Pancakes
2 min – 30 Mar 2011
Uploaded by KnMProductionsNY
youtube.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites… includes pancake machines

by Laurel Miller (RSS feed)

Move over, Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity. There’s a new hotcake in town. InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), parent company of the Holiday Inn family of brands, have unveiled pancakes as the secret weapon for the newly revamped Holiday Inn Express hotels.

All of the business traveler-oriented Express properties will introduce a 24-hour market center with grab-and-go options, and an industry-first: a pancake machine, by March 31, 2011. Thirty test hotels already offer the machine, which uses commercial bags of pre-made mix (just add water!). Dollops of batter drop onto a Teflon-coated cooking belt, yielding a perfectly cooked, great-tasting product, every time. The machines produce one pancake every 45 seconds, ensuring even the hungriest executives will get their fill.

IHG is nearing completion on its three-year Holiday Inn brand relaunch campaign. One of the biggest changes has been the implementation of the “social hub” concept, which, according to HotelNewsNow.com, takes “what has traditionally been separate parts of the lobby–the bar, the food and beverage area, [and] the lounge area–and bring[s] them together in one space.” The thinking is that such enforced coziness will provide an “environment to relax, eat, have fun, work, spend time with family, friends or colleagues,” says Verchele Wiggins, VP of global brand management for Holiday Inn.

[Photo credit: Flickr user d.loop]

The mini details: Our hotel bonuses

Hot buffet breakfast included and parking and internet plus the Airport shuttle & more!

Indoor Pool, hot tub, fitness plus SPA King rooms and Full Kitchen Suites, 1-2 bedrooms & 2 great meeting rooms!

Fantastic convenient location, great reviews, and a nice quiet area, with plenty to do.

Stanley’s Bar & Grill, Big River Pub & Grille, Subway, Old Spag Factory, Movies, IMAX, Bowling etc etc

Big News…

Our new Pancake machine is here, now added to our amazing buffet breakfast! Add a wonderful homemade pancake to yours today.

45 seconds to paradise, oh I mean fresh Pancakes J

FYI:

Open HOUSE, May 11 Wednesday cheers with our NEW Asst General Manager, Rachelle Ernst is now here from Kelowna to rock our world – she is a ‘must meet’ kinda team member.  Canucks party again hmmm well the last one was an awful lot of fun – let’s hope so. Chips wings pretzels n nuts with beers & cheers

Coming up in June is the Famous ‘Priority Club’ private receptions – members only event! stay tuned! Monday events….

Thanks & Cheers,

Anna

 

Anna Smith, Sales & Marketing Manager
NEW Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Riverport, Richmond-Vancouver Airport area
10688 No. 6 Road,  Richmond  BC  V6W 1E7
 
www.HIERichmond.com
Direct:   604-248-8200       Tel:  604-241-1830
     Fax:   604-241-1840
asmith@HIERichmond.com

Hop aboard our 24hr ‘Airport Shuttle’ free
Ask about our Stay Park & Go program free

   

https://hierichmond.wordpress.com

Trip Advisor Rating    #1 out of 25 hotels in Richmond for business  #2 overall !

https://hierichmond.wordpress.com ….twitter, youtube, tripadvisor, blog and more !

Anna Smith, Sales & Marketing ManagerHoliday Inn Express® & Suites Riverport

10688 No. 6 Road

Richmond, BC  V6W 1E7  Canada (YVR)

P: 604-241-1830 Direct: 604-248-8200

F: 604-241-1840

www.hieRichmond.com   

asmith@hieRichmond.com   

*24 hr airport shuttle  YVR

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24hr Airport Shuttle, Bkft Buffet, Parking, WIFI all included Free

 

 

Driving Directions….

From BC Ferries or US Border:

HWY 99 NORTHBOUND FROM USA BORDER. COME THROUGH TUNNEL. TAKE STEVESTON HWY EXIT (Exit 32)east, (first exit after the tunnel) TURN EAST (RIGHT) ON STEVESTON HWY for 1 mile. TURN NORTH (LEFT) ON NO. 6 ROAD, (when you see the Movies sign) DRIVE 1 BLOCK. HOTEL IS ON RIGHT.

From Airport: FOLLOW SIGNS TO HWY 99 SOUTHBOUND TO USA BORDER. FOLLOW SIGNS TO RIVERPORT. LAST EXIT BEFORE TUNNEL (STEVESTON HWY EXIT) (exit 32 east) TURN EAST (LEFT) ON STEVESTON HWY. TURN NORTH (LEFT) ON NO. 6 ROAD, DRIVE 1 BLOCK. HOTEL IS ON RIGHT.

24 hr free Airport shuttle is on-demand.  Call us and we will pick you up from the airport.  Tel:  604-241-1830 … then wait at the shuttle pick-up area on the lower level. (Courtesy Airport Phones as well at Domestic & International arrivals) dial 258 on the domestic board to get our front desk. International courtesy phones direct to hotel as well.

When you call ask for the drivers name, that is how we confirm it is our shuttle (there are 3 Holiday Inns in Richmond, BC) ours is the NEW one.

Pictures of our shuttle below or on our flickr or our website hieRichmond.com or hierichmond.wordpress.com

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Earth Day April 22


Celebrated every year on April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event in the world. More than 6 million Canadians are expected to again join 1 billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every student in Canada will take part in an Earth Day activity and we’re going to follow their lead.

Environmental challenges continue to grow as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that we all depend on. This is why the Earth Day movement is so important in evoking grassroots change and reducing our carbon footprint.

The team at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport-Richmond has prepared a list of things you can do to get involved in Earth Day tomorrow:

Smart Shopping

  • “Buy what you need, not what you want”
  • Consider renting and borrowing things that are seldom needed
  • Buy used items from garage sales and second-hand stores

Simple Savers

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Use aerators on faucets and shower heads
  • Weatherstrip windows and doors

Transportation Alternatives

  • Walk, cycle, car pool and use public transportation
  • When driving, reduce idling and maintain correct tire pressure
  • Consider car sharing programs or renting

Food Choices

  • Choose local and organic foods that are in season, and support local food producers
  • Eat less meat

Washing and Drying

  • Wash full loads of clothes in cold water and hang to air dry

Heating and cooling

  • For summer air conditioning, set your thermostat to 24°C or 25°C
  • For winter heating, set your thermostat to 19°C or 20°C
  • Install ceiling fans and programmable thermostats

Bathroom Basics

  • Take short showers instead of baths
  • Close water taps while brushing your teeth

Careful Cleaning

  • Choose natural, non-toxic cleaning products
  • Make simple, natural cleaners with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda and water

Don’t Discard

  • Donate, reuse and recycle items before throwing them into the trash
  • Harmful materials like chemicals, batteries, electronics, etc. should be taken to local hazardous waste depots or recyclers

Follow Earth Day Canada on Twitter…and while you’re there, follow us too!

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Now from the City of Richmond:

Richmond Earth Day Celebrations Emphasize Sustainable Living

Earth Day approaches its 41st anniversary on April 22. This year, over one billion people around the world are expected to participate, truly embodying the theme, A Billion Acts of Green®. The City of Richmond will be officially celebrating Earth Day on Thursday, April 21 at the Garden City Community Park (corner of Alberta Road and Garden City Road).

“In this day and age, it is important that every individual does their part to ensure the continued health and sustainability of our environment for generations to come,” explains Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “On Earth Day, we will be teaching community members, especially our youth, how they can contribute to making our planet a greener place to live.”

The event will commence at 1 p.m. with a number of community groups and neighbourhood schools volunteering their time and energy to help with invasive plant removal and tree planting. Various tree species will be planted including: cottonwood, shore pine, Douglas fir, vine maple and pacific crab apple.

The official celebration will kick off at 5 p.m. with drumming circles, organic food displays, and sustainable art activities. Everyone is welcome.

Other Earth Day celebrations in the City are offered by the Hamilton and East Richmond Community Associations on Saturday, April 16, and by the Thompson Community Association on Wednesday, April 20. Please pre-register for these events.

Keeping sustainable living in mind, residents are encouraged to walk, bike or carpool to all activities. All celebrations will take place rain or shine. For more information or registration of Earth Day events, please contact the City of Richmond.

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Invite to an Amazing Catered Affair


‘Catering Visions’ is showing off their delicious fares March 29th 5-7 Great Room, Lobby level of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Riverport.

If you use a catering company for any events, please come see what Catering Visions has to offer you at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites on Tuesday March 29th 5-7 in the Great Room, Lobby level of the hotel.

Catering Visions will be showing off! It will be worth it, please join us and hotel tours will also be available with Anna if you have not had one.
Look forward to seeing you Tuesday March 29th 5-7 Richmond Riverport
10688 No. 6 Road, Richmond, BC V6W 1E7 604-241-1830

Anna Smith, Sales & Marketing Manager
NEW Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Riverport, Richmond-Vancouver Airport area
10688 No. 6 Road, Richmond BC V6W 1E7

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Direct: 604-248-8200 Tel: 604-241-1830
Cell: 604-505-1647 Fax: 604-241-1840
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Anna Smith, Sales & Marketing Manager
Holiday Inn Express® & Suites Riverport
10688 No. 6 Road Richmond, BC V6W 1E7 Canada (YVR)
P: 604-241-1830 Direct: 604-248-8200
F: 604-241-1840
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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Updates


• Last chance to see the delightful Academy Award winning Canadian animation, The Man Who Planted Trees by Frédéric Back, this Monday March 7th 7pm at VanDusen’s Floral Hall (37th & Oak Street, Vancouver) Douglas Justice will give a pre-film talk. Reservations: info@vcbf.ca and pay at the door ($6 each with Kernels popcorn!)
• Celebrate Metro Vancouver’s cherry blossom legacy, one haiku at a time. The Festival invites your fresh submissions to the 2011 Haiku Invitational presented by Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd. In honor of Vancouver’s 125th anniversary the theme this year should celebrate community through the blossoming of the cherry trees. Submit your poem with the submission form at http://www.vcbf.ca/haiku/haiku-invitational-2010
• Mark your calendar to pick up your Birthday Blossoms cherry tree at your chosen location for Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd, 2011. As this is a special event this is the only weekend to bring your cherry tree home and they’ve grown beautifully tall! Thanks for supporting our green and pink initiative.

Linda Poole
Festival Director
E: linda.poole@telus.net
O : 604.257.8120 C: 604.767.9044

Visit our website at vcbf.ca
“Celebrate Vancouver’s 125th birthday and order your Birthday Blossom Cherry Tree at: http://www.vcbf.ca/birthdayblossom/birthday-blossoms.

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Holiday Inn Express Smartphone App


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Chamber of Commerce update


Whale Watching in Richmond, BChttp://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1104087935638-42/Quarterly+Newsletter.pdf

We hope you will enjoy reading our magazine and look forward to our next ‘Catch up’ at the end of April, 2011. [Click Here]

 

Steveston Village has Whale Watching adventures.

Richmond, BC

Delta Chamber of Commerce

Coming Events
Tsawwassen First Nation — Economic Development Latest Plan: Business networking luncheon February 16, 2011; 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The aim of the Tsawwassen First Nation Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) is to create a sustainable economy so that the TFN can become an environmentally sustainable, self-sufficient and culturally proud First Nation community and an ideal location to raise a family. Please join the Delta Chamber of Commerce to hear TEDC Chief Executive Officer Chris Hartman.

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 closer to reality in Delta as global trade continues to expand

To meet the demand of shipping container traffic, which is expected to double in just 10 to 15 years through Canada’s Pacific Gateway and nearly triple by 2030, Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) announced a program to expand and improve port facilities.Capacity of port facilities will be expected to meet the demands of an additional four […]
 
Luncheon with Premier Gordon Campbell
Join the Richmond Chamber of Commerce at member rates to hear a final address by Premier Gordon Campbell, Tuesday, February 08, 2011:
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel
7551 Westminster Hwy.
Richmond, BC
11:30 am Registration; 12:00 pm Luncheon
Tickets: $40.00 + hst
To Register please call the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Office (604) 278-2822 and, if you are a member of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, mention that for the member rate.
No Cancellations After February 4, 2011

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NEW Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Riverport, Richmond-Vancouver Airport area
10688 No. 6 Road,
Richmond  BC  V6W 1E7
 
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Direct:   604-248-8200       Tel:  604-241-1830
Cell:       604-505-1647        Fax: 604-241-1840
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How do you make people feel?


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou

Beautiful BC

 

Whale Watching in Richmond, BC
Steveston Village has Whale Watching adventures.

 New hotel in Richmond, BC YVR

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Winterfest Weekend Returns


City of Richmond

Winterfest Weekend Returns to the Richmond Olympic Oval

10 December 2010

Winterfest Weekend is returning to the Richmond Olympic Oval on February 12 and 13, 2011. 

This year’s festival will feature main stage entertainment throughout the day, free public skating and ice sport demonstrations, interactive sport activities, special cultural presentations, art displays and sales, children’s activities and more. It will also give the community a chance to check out the new post-Games Richmond Olympic Oval and see all the amazing services that fit into one great venue.

Winterfest Weekend will also include a tribute to the first anniversary of the opening of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Appearances by Olympic athletes and notables, Olympic-themed displays and activities and a special Torch Bearer’s Parade will all be part of the fun.

Admission to Winterfest Weekend is free. More details will be announced soon. Watch our website and Richmond community newspapers for upcoming programming announcements.

Rekindle the spirit of the 2010 Games by volunteering to help make Winterfest Weekend a success. For more details go to https://icanhelp.richmond.ca.

Winterfest Weekend is also a featured event for the Richmond Winter Festival of the Arts, a six-week showcase of arts and cultural events throughout Richmond. The third annual Richmond Winter Festival of the Arts runs from February 1 to March 15, 2011.

Winterfest Weekend Returns to the Richmond Olympic Oval
 

Winterfest Weekend is returning to the Richmond Olympic Oval on February 12 and 13, 2011. 
This year’s festival will feature main stage entertainment throughout the day, free public skating and ice sport demonstrations, interactive sport activities, special cultural presentations, art displays and sales, children’s activities and more. It will also give the community a chance to check out the new post-Games Richmond Olympic Oval and see all the amazing services that fit into one great venue.
Winterfest Weekend will also include a tribute to the first anniversary of the opening of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Appearances by Olympic athletes and notables, Olympic-themed displays and activities and a special Torch Bearer’s Parade will all be part of the fun. [More Info

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Website: www.richmondchamber.ca

Email: rcc@richmondchamber.ca

Phone: (604) 278-2822

Fax:     (604) 278-2972

Anna Smith, Sales & Marketing ManagerHoliday Inn Express® & Suites Riverport

10688 No. 6 Road

Richmond, BC  V6W 1E7  Canada

P: 604-241-1830 Direct: 604-248-8200

F: 604-241-1840 Mobile 604-505-1647

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Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise


Mission Impossible

Tom Cruise

Justin Bieber and Usher
Usher Justin Bieber
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Justin Bieber and Tom Cruise in Richmond, BC Canada -what ?

Justin Bieber played laser tag and Tom Cruise is filming Mission Impossible in Richmond, BC Canada – Richmond Rocks!

Our popular city location has many fun things to do like; go-carts (Justin Bieber can do this), wineries (hmm maybe Tom Cruise will do this) and Movies, IMAX, Steveston Village, Buddhist Temple, Shopping mecca, Apple Store, StarbucksBowling, Ice Rinks, walk or run or bike the dike, casinos, parks, farms, Olympic Oval, whale watching, watermania, several golf courses and so much more. 

Check out Tourism Richmond and the City of Richmond and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Richmond, Riverport Entertainment Center in Richmond. 

So much to do – so little time.  Take it all in one great city, the Vancouver Airport city, and people think it is Vancouver, BC

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2010 Blog review


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,000 times in 2010. That’s about 10 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 59 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 128 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 12mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 23rd with 58 views. The most popular post that day was And the award goes to….

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were marqueehotels.com, bestwwwoffers.com, refzip.com, twitter.com, and alphainventions.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rick hansen, team canada, holiday inn express riverport, jet pet resort yvr, and pavac industries.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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And the award goes to… June 2010

2

Jet Pet Resort – Grand Opening at YVR September 2010
2 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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About January 2010
5 comments

4

YouTube January 2010
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Testimonials January 2010
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Tall Ships


Special Events  Tall Ships   June 3 to 7, 2011

Richmond is a Port of Call for the World’s Classic Tall Ships

 Maritime Heritage
A century ago, the biggest and fastest sailing ships from all over the world came to Steveston’s bustling Cannery Row in Richmond to load much desired cargos of Pacific salmon for international markets. Today, Richmond’s Steveston Harbour remains Western Canada’s largest commercial fishing port. It is also home to several significant maritime heritage sites, including two national historic sites, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, and the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Park.

The City of Richmond celebrates its maritime heritage, through a number of special events, including visits by some of the world’s great tall ships, festivals and maritime heritage restoration and preservation projects and programs.

Tall Ships Richmond 2011
TallShip_Colour150Experience the majesty of the sails as the tall ships return to Richmond from June 3 to 7, 2011.

Along a three kilometre riverfront of the historic Steveston Harbour, this four-day land and sea festival will celebrate Richmond’s rich maritime history and multiculturally-diverse community.

Highlights of event include:

  • triumphant parade of sails as the mighty ships arrive
  • ship boarding and viewing
  • waterside tours
  • live music and entertainment
  • artisans and farmers markets
  • fireworks
  • cultural displays and activities
  • youth sail training

Tall Ships Festival 2002
Crowd Gathering at the Tall Ships FestivalIn 2002, the Tall Ships from around the world returned to historic Steveston for Richmond Tall Ships 2002, a five-day celebration of maritime history and culture. An estimated 400,000 people turned out to greet a majestic fleet of Tall Ships from Europe, Asia and the Americas visiting Richmond from August 8 to 12, 2002. The Tall Ships were the centrepiece of a major, maritime-themed festival featuring fun and affordable activities for the entire family.

The City’s success in staging the festival was recognized through a number of awards including the Port of the Year Award from the American Sail Training Association, Tourism BC’s 2003 award for Best Tourism Marketing Campaign and the 2002 Gateway Award from Tourism Richmond.

Kaiwo Maru Visits Richmond in 2004
The tall ships returned to the shores of Richmond again in the summer of 2004 . Japans Kaiwo Maru, translated as the King of the Ocean, one of the world’s largest tall ships at a length of 110.9 metres (361-feet), made a four-day visit to Richmond in July, 2004. The Kaiwa Maru’s visit thrilled enthusiastic crowds who lined up for free public tours and an awe-inspiring demonstration of the crew’s sail rigging skills.

SV Concordia Visits Britannia Shipyard
July and August, 2004 also featured a visit to Richmond by the SV Concordia, a well-loved tall ship, that spends 10 months of the year sailing the seven seas, while offering sail training to high school students. The 57-metre (188-foot) Concordia spent three weeks based at Richmond’s Britannia Heritage Shipyard. Hundreds of youths and other sailing fans were able to take part in hand-on day sails, for a once in a lifetime experience of helping to sail a magnificent tall ship.

 Maritime Festival
The inaugural Richmond Maritime Festival was launched in August, 2004 at Britannia Heritage Shipyards. A tribute to wooden boats and other classic ships, the event featured displays of unique and historic vessels, entertainment maritime-related displays and activities.  The Festival is planned to be an annual celebration of maritime heritage.

 More to Come
Additional visits by Tall Ships and other special maritime events are currently being planned. For more information contact the Britannia Heritage Shipyard at 604-718-8050 or britannia@richmond.ca

Tall Ships 2011 colour logo Tall Ships Challenge Logo American Sail Training Association Logo

Richmond, British Columbia has two conveniently located Visitor Centres where friendly staff will answer your questions and you can pick up informational brochures, maps and souvenir items.

http://www.richmond.ca/discover/events/tallships.htm  June 3 to 7, 2011 https://hierichmond.wordpress.com/youtube/ www.hierichmond.com http://twitter.com/hierichmond

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and the award goes to….


Business Excellence Awards Nominees

Published: October 26, 2010 5:00 PM  Updated: October 26, 2010 5:14 PM

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce has announced its list of nominees for the 33rd annual Business Excellence Awards.

Among them are Corvus Energy Ltd., Herbaland Naturals Inc. and Nurse Next Door—all nominated in the New Business of the Year category.

Nominees for the business awards will be judged in 11 categories on innovation of product or service, company growth, response to adversity and contribution to the community. 
“The Business Excellence Awards not only provides us with an opportunity to showcase some of the most successful and innovative businesses in Richmond, it also provide a forum for successful business people to network and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in our community,” said Tony Kwan, chair of the chamber.

The winners will be announced during the Business Excellence Awards dinner on Nov. 17 at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, 7311 Westminster Hwy.

Rob Akimow, an advertising consultant with The Richmond Review, will host this year’s event.

Tickets, $110 each, are available from Carol Young: 604-278-2822 or caroly@richmondchamber.ca.

Richmond Chamber of Commerce  Business Excellence Awards  2010 Finalists

Business of the Year 1-25

Dupuis Langen Financial Management (1985) Ltd. www.dupuislangen.com

HyperCube Technologies Corp. www.hypercube.biz

Power-West Industries Ltd.  www.powerwest.com

Richmond Recognition Ltd. www.richmondrecognition.com

Business of the Year 26-75

3 S Printers www.3sprinters.com

Hayden Diamond Bit Industries Ltd. www.haydenbit.com

Shearwater Marine Group www.shearwater.ca

Business of the Year 76+

Kin’s Market            www.kinsfarmmarket.com

Ocean Fisheries Ltd. www.oceanfish.com

Unipharm Wholesale Drugs Ltd.  www.unipharm.com

Urban Impact Recycling Ltd . www.urbanimpact.com

Business Leadership

Fraser Richmond Soil & Fibre Ltd. www.fraserrichmond.ca

Ming Pao Daily News  www.mingpao.com

Nova Express(Novex) www.novex.ca

Organika Health Products Ltd.  www.organika.ca Whale Watching in Richmond, BC

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Innovation Award

Advanced Cyclotron Systems Inc.  www.advancedcyclotron.com

Newspaper Direct.Com www.newspaperdirect.com/

Pavac Industries Inc. www.pavac.com

Sanduz Estate Wines www.sanduzwines.com

Young Entrepreneur

Am-Pri Group  www.ampri.ca

Clevest Solutions Inc. www.clevest.com

Dr. Battery www.drbattery.com

New Business of the Year

Corvus Energy Ltd.  www.corvusenergy.com

Herbaland Naturals Inc.  www.herbalandinc.com

Nurse Next Door  www.nursenextdoor.com/richmond.html

Outstanding Workplace

Dillon Consulting Limited  www.dillon.ca

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport   oh yeah baby !!  you go girl  

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Misty Mountain Industries Ltd. www.mistymt.com

Outstanding Customer Service

Bashir’s Auto Cosmetics www.bashirsauto.com

Nancy (Schick) Skinner Notary Public  http://schickskinnernancy.supersites.ca/contact/ `

OK Bottle Depot www.okbottledepot.com/

More good news

Richmond teacher up for Governor General’s Literary Award

Richmond Review – Friday October 29, 2010

Governor General’s Literary Awards will be announced Nov. 16

Richmond Review also in the news….

Richmond / South Delta

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New Apple Store in Richmond, Microsoft look out


Hundreds lined up Saturday at Richmond Centre mall to be among the first inside B.C.’s newest Apple store.

The lineup of those hungry for iPads and iPhones

iPhone 4 changes everything

iPhone 4 changes everything

stretched outside along the sidewalk of the mall. First in line were Michael Chira and dad Vasile Chira after spending the night outside Richmond Centre to secure their spot.

The Chiras had an eye on the store’s fresh stock of iPhone 4 smart phones.

In keeping with the store’s custom the first 1,000 customers through the doors received a limited-edition Apple T-shirt. It’s B.C.’s third Apple store, and first outside Vancouver.

“We’re really happy to have them here at Richmond Centre,” said mall spokesperson Leslie Matheson.

The new location, one of 17 in Canada and more than 300 worldwide, features the standard Apple repertoire of electronics products like computers, iPods and iPhones. It also boasts a Genius Bar, at which Mac users can set an appointment to get expert advice on their computing issues.

The store opened in a renovated space in Richmond Centre, which is in the process of negotiating with other large retailers. Meanwhile, Sephora will open at the end of October and Forever 21 is expected to open after Christmas.

Published: September 13, 2010 8:00 AM

Apple Apple Apple

iPad changing the way you PLAY

 

iPhone 4 changes everything

iPhone 4 changes everything

Updated: September 16, 2010 10:39 AM
by Matthew Hoekstra

Staff Reporter

Stay & PLAY at the Holiday

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Richmond, BC Canada for fun.

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Best YouTube Holiday Inn Express


 

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Best YouTube


YouTube Piglet at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport, Richmond, BC

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Riverport !!!


Riverport.ca

Whale Watching Steveston Village

Great Food, Great Fun, Great Drinks

Big River Brew Pub Great Food, Great Fun, Great Drinks

 What is it? Where is it? What is so great about it ?

It is fun for all, what’s your pleasure, eating, drinking, laughing, swimming, skating, hockey, ringette, bowling, movies, IMAX, working out, or go Bananas for the little ones !

For him, her, kids, children, adults, teens, couples, singles, families, or business traveler – Riverport has you covered.

What is so great about it? It is next to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites – no driving necessary, walk to your favorite pleasureZone Bowling, super fun

Food Fun; Big River Bar & grille, Old Spaghetti Factory, Subway, Stanley’s Bar & Grille and food outlets in SilverCity Movie Theaters.

Subway Riverport Richmond, BC

Good Fun: Zone Bowling, Cineplex Odeon SilverCity 19 Movie Theaters, IMAX, Watermania, Gold’s Gym, Go Bananas, and Richmond Ice Center (6 Rinks).

Stanley's Bar & Grill in Richmond Ice Center, next to Holiday Inn Express

Riverport Entertainment Complex – No. 6 Road and Steveston Hwy, ext 32 East off Hwy 99, Richmond, BC riverport.ca check it out.Watermania, super fun

What more is there – oh shopping you say ….yes at Exit 32 West, off 99 Hwy Ironwood Shopping Plaza and Farmers Market East of Exit 32 off Hwy 99.

Steveston Village – left off Steveston Hwy at No 1 Road, loads of fun, fish, food and festivities on this waterfront fishing village.

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Jet Pet Resort – Grand Opening at YVR


Jet Pet Resort - Grand Opening at YVR

Dog going to Pet Resort

Jet Pet Resort – Grand Opening at YVR
Attend • Public Event
Time September 25 • 11:00am – 6:00pm
Location 5980 Miller Road – By the Park & Fly at YVR Vancouver International Airport
This new state of the art Pet Resort has 70 private rooms for dogs, a New York style courtyard common space, spa & grooming services and a cat wing. Located right beside the Park & Fly you can drop your pet off and pick it up, by appointment, 24 hrs a day so you don’t have to miss a moment longer than you need to. A perfectly relaxed way to start a vacation and a prrrfect way to end it!
WHY JET PET RESORT? Because your pet deserves a vacation too!
Travel with peace of mind while Jet Pet Resort pampers your pet resort-style in our brand-new, specially designed & fully equipped pet resort and pet spa!
WE LOVE Pets!
24-Hour Convenience – Conveniently located at Vancouver International Airport next to Park’N Fly. Drop off & pick up your pet within minutes of your departure and arrival.
Five-Star Facilities – Unique design for pets: Individual dog & cat suites, lounges with plasma TVs & web cams, kitchen, pet spa, indoor and outdoor lounge areas. 

Professional Pet Care – An experienced team of pet care professionals with decades of training and in-depth knowledge of all animals.
Superb Value – Choose from a full selection of affordable pet resort & spa services and options tailored to your budget and matched to your pet’s age, special needs & preferences.
YVR.ca Arriving Flights YVR.ca Departing Flights YVR.ca Maps of the Airport

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Calling Airport Shuttle 24 hr …easy
Airport Shuttle call for pick-up  604-241-1830  24 hrs
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Compassion is key


We recently had the pleasure of hosting a group of high school music students and their teachers from San Mateo, California who were visiting Vancouver as part of an exchange program.

Tragically, one of the students from this group was involved in an accident while visiting one of Vancouver’s popular tourist attractions and passed away.

Our hotel has since been recognized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Congress of the United States House of Representatives for our compassion and sensitivity during this difficult time. Although our team was deeply saddened by the news, we pulled together to ensure our guests were comfortable and their tragic loss acknowledged.

A little compassion and understanding go a long way. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the student.

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58 Candles


It was on August 1, 1952, that Kemmons Wilson opened the very first Holiday Inn hotel in Memphis, TN. It was a 120 room hotel offering single rooms for $4 per night and doubles for $6 per night. My how things have changed! Now, on August 1, 2010, we will celebrate our 58th birthday. What an amazing history we have!

All Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express brand hotels are celebrating the birthday on or near August 1st. Ask for your free upgrade in celebration of the ‘Holiday Inn Birthday’ at our hotel – the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Riverport-Richmond – subject to availability, any time throughout the month August or September, 2010.

We’d like to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our guests and supporters. Here’s to another half century of providing exceptional service and hospitality, recognized around the world.

Happy 58th Birthday Holiday Inn!

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Sweet Suite Summer


Our hotel is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with local berry producers for our July promotion – fresh berries or a suite upgrade upon check-in. We’re offering a Sweet Suite Summer holiday deal throughout the month of July and here’s how it works: upon checking into our hotel, guests will have the ‘sweet’ choice of receiving a basket full of local blueberries, or upgrading their room to one of our 28 suites, including our luxurious spa suites.

1 KING BED SPA SUITE NONSMOKING

INDULGE IN THIS SPA SUITE WHICH FEATURES A JACUZZI TUB YOU CAN RELAX AND WATCH YOUR 32 INCH FLAT SCREEN TV FROM,  AND ENJOY ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME WITH A REFRIGERATOR A MICROWAVE, COFFEE STATION AND WE HOPE YOU REST WELL ON OUR PLUSH TRIPLE SHEETED BEDDING, AND FREE HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS

1 KING BED JUNIOR SUITE NONSMOKING

UNWIND IN THIS KING SUITE WHICH FEATURES FREE HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS, YOU CAN RELAX IN THE SPACIOUS LIVING AREA WITH A SOFA SLEEPER AND LEISURE CHAIR WHILE YOU WATCH ONE OFTHE TWO 32 INCH FLAT SCREEN TVS, THIS ROOM PROVIDES ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME WITH A FRIDGE A MICROWAVE, COFFEE STATION AND OUR PLUSH TRIPLE SHEETED BEDDING

All guests are required to do is ask for their ‘sweet treat’ or upgrade at check-in and we’ll meet their request. Conveniently, guests can also tell us through e-mail which they would prefer by sending us their name and choice to Sales@hieRichmond.com.

We believe in supporting our local businesses and producers, such as Cal San Farms, Birak, Bakshi Blueberry Farm, Blueberry Lane, Narwal, Fontana, W & A, Fishers Blueberry Farm, Sanduz Winery and Lulu Island Winery. To demonstrate our commitment to the growth and promotion of our community, we’ve partnered with the farms on 6 Rd, 5 Rd, Steveston Hwy and Sidaway in our neighbourhood for this summer holiday deal.

Anna Smith, our Sales & Marketing Manger points out “she loves the berry season in Richmond and wanted the visitors to our area to enjoy them too, or a suite – everybody loves an upgrade! The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport-Richmond chose to do this particular promotion partnering with local producers, to show our support and enjoy the ‘fruits’ of our neighbourhood.  In just 1-3 kilometres you can be at one of the berry farms or two wineries for a tasting. Now isn’t that a great neighbourhood?  Here we love to exceed our guests’ expectations and create some magic moments during their summer holidays.”

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You Always Make Me Smile


In April, Holiday Inn launched a TV campaign featuring a jaunty acoustic love song called “You Always Make Me Smile” by independent Nashville singer/songwriter Kyle Andrews. Holiday Inn has partnered with ad agency McCann Erickson to handle the commercial release of the single, which is available for download on iTunes.

The partnership is referred to as StayU Music, a pseudo label that will market and promote the single. “You Always Make Me Smile” is currently being featured in ads in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, China and other Asian markets. Holiday Inn also plays the song while guests are on hold making reservations, during guest wake-up calls and in the lobbies of Holiday Inn hotels.

Fans are invited to design their own cover art for the digital track. To listen to the song and create your own cover art, click here.

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Holiday Inn Express Smartphone App


Holiday Inn Express hotels now has an easy way to book room nights on the go. This is great news as the next time you want to book a room at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suite Riverport-Richmond, it just got that much easier.

Find and book a hotel at one of over 4,400 hotels and resorts with the new Priority Club® Rewards iPhone® app. No iPhone? No problem. Get your room, check reservations and more by visiting holidayinn.com from your Blackberry® or any other smart phone.

Logging in to your Priority Club Rewards account from your smart phone also has its benefits:

  • Faster booking process with stored log in information
  • View PCR Account Balance and levels

Questions? Call 1.877.660.8550 or click here.

Book a room – whenever, where ever.

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Happy Canada Day!


Happy Canada Day! / Bonne fête du Canada!

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One Free Room


Who knew that ONE FREE room could create such a buzz? Our Sales and Marketing Manager Anna Smith had an inkling that it would.

One free room has created a 30% increase in business for our hotel. Why? Because travel agents from the Okanagan and Vancouver Island got to find out first hand how great our staff and property is and what a terrific location we boast here in Richmond, BC for business and local leisure travelers alike. This was the objective behind having this group stay with us to see for themselves and be true references, offering authentic reviews for their clients. Given these said clients often request Stay Park & Go, our special guests were given added advantages with our free parking services. For example, corporate travelers who frequent the lower mainland find our location ideal and all the complimentary features and local benefits are simply a bonus.

Come see for yourself and discover what the buzz is all about and learn first hand the comforts, convenience and free services you’ll enjoy while staying at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport-Richmond. Complimentary 24 hr airport shuttle, hot buffet breakfast, free parking and internet…the list goes on and the services and comforts truly are tremendous. This group of travel experts won’t mind telling you that this could be the best hotel in Richmond for value, comfort and service, because they have tried it for themselves.

Be sure to call your trusted travel agent in the Okanagan or Vancouver Island between now and December 31, 2010 to receive a special deal when making a reservation for our hotel.

Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, you can always count on the gracious hospitality of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Riverport-Richmond, BC; your favourite – new – YVR property.

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And the award goes to…


..the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport-Richmond! We’re pleased to announce that our team has been awarded 2 more major ‘best hotel’ awards:

The first accolade was awarded by the IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) recognizing our hotel for having the top overall guest satisfaction score for the Province of BC. 4400 hotels belong to the IHG worldwide.

We were also awarded for Most Improved Sales for the Province of BC. Very exciting news for our team and we’re thrilled to share this with you!

To offer our thanks and appreciation for visiting our blog, please use our preferred guest rate by clicking here.

Be sure to follow us on twitter for frequent news and updates: http://twitter.com/hierichmond

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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Cuppa Tea


Looking  for something a little different next time you’re visiting Richmond or Vancouver? Interested in learning more about the rich culture of historical Steveston Village (which just happens to be a short drive away from our hotel)? Then an afternoon at London Heritage Farm is an absolute must!

London Heritage Farm is a 4.06 acre historical site that overlooks the south arm of the Fraser River.   The site offers a 1880’s farmhouse in a park-like setting with lovely heritage and herb gardens, the restored Spragg family barn, old farming equipment, a small hand tool museum, chickens, bees, allotments and large lawns as well as picnic tables and public washrooms. It’s like turning back the clock and taking a glimpse into the days of yester year.

Be sure to visit the tea room for a proper English tea service. Peruse the gift shop for some locally hand-made arts and crafts. Or, take a stroll through the beautifully manicured gardens. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Rock out


Are you visiting Richmond and June and looking for a lively night out? Perhaps you’re after some world-class entertainment to woo your sweetheart? Whichever the case, consider planning an evening at Richmond’s River Rock Casino.

Conveniently located near Bridgeport Station on the Canada Line and only a short ride away from our hotel, the River Rock offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year. Whether you’re looking for live music or a stand-up comedy routine, the Rock has something for everyone. Coming this month…

Tracy Morgan TOMORROW , Friday, June 4

Television audiences first met New York-born actor and comedian, Tracy Morgan in 1994 when he played the recurring role of “Hustleman” on FOX’s hit sitcom, Martin for two seasons. He then joined NBC’s Saturday Night Live for seven seasons creating such memorable characters as “Astronaut Jones,” “Benny the Bengal” and “Brian Fellows.” After leaving SNL…click here to read more and purchase tickets.

Who’s Bad: Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band Saturday, June 5

In glitzy jackets, glittering gloves and 80s regalia, Who’s Bad, The World’s #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Band, is an infectious party production that takes audiences on a musical expedition spanning three decades of Michael Jackson’s chart-cresting music. From ABC to You Rock My World, no song is forgotten in this electrifying revival…click here to read more and purchase tickets.

Dionne Warwick Saturday, June 12

Celebrating close to fifty years in show business, Dionne Warwick’s signature interpretations have made their mark on the landscape of pop music through each decade weaving generations of listeners from every demographic. Her reputation as a hit maker has been firmly implanted into the North American consciousness thanks to nearly sixty charted hit songs since “Don’t Make Me Over” climbed the charts in 1962…click here to read more and purchase tickets.

For more information on upcoming events this summer, visit the website or follow the River Rock Casino on Twitter.

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Fit for a Queen


Given summer hasn’t quite arrived yet in Richmond, now would be the time to talk about all of the fabulous amenities nearby that can entertain us while the weather is drizzly. One of our greatest advantages is our central proximity, to basically everything! Downtown Vancouver, YVR, Steveston Village…we’re even a stone’s throw away from the US border.  On top of that, here’s a couple of top spots we highly recommend when the weather man won’t play ball:

Starlight Casino

Starlight, star bright, will you win the jackpot tonight? Stop by Starlight Casino to try your chance on the slots or play a few rounds of poker. Not a gambler? No problem. Enjoy one of the many fine dining options or stop by the Redbar for a cocktail. Click here to view the entertainment and events calendar.

Website: www.starlightcasino.ca

Queensborough Landing

Is this rain giving you a case of the blues? In need of a little retail therapy? Fret not fair shopper, the fabulous outlets of Queensborough Landing are not far from our hotel. With designer stores like Guess, Mexx, Tommy Hilfiger and Aldo, there’s something to suit every fashionistas pallet. There’s also a Home Outfitters and a Best Buy for the boys.

Address: 805 Boyd Street, New Westminster

T: 604.448.9112

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In Transition: New Art from India


India is experiencing a period of remarkable growth and transformation and its artists (like contemporary artists everywhere) are responding to these changes. With an eye on its past and a view to the future, these artists are examining the social, political, economic and religious implications of becoming a major world economy.

The exhibition will feature installation-based work by six of India’s most recognized contemporary artists: Shilpa Gupta, Reena Kallat, TV Santhosh, Sudarshan Shetty, arist collective Thukral & Tagra, and Hema Upadhyay.

Date: April 26 – June 13, 2010

Location: Richmond Art Gallery
7700 Minoru Gate  Richmond

Website: www.richmondartgallery.org

Phone: 604-271-5220

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Good Vibes at Gudrun


Tucked away between the eclectic shops of Moncton Street in the historic fishing village of Steveston, sits a not-so-well-kept secret that’s been attracting foodies from near and far.

Gudrun Tasting Room offers an alternative to much of the cuisine being served in restaurants today. Choosing only to serve what’s local, in season or unprocessed, Gudrun provides a wholesome, explosively tasty dining experience.

Owner and Steveston native Patrick and his team are a welcoming crew, and the atmosphere is urban and chic. Share a cheese plate featuring Canadian fromage, or go global with something from France. Mix it up and try a charcuterie paired with an Okanagan wine or some bubbles to toast.

Which ever you choose, the good folks at Gudrun will take care of you. They’re open Tuesday to Sunday, 5:30-midnight and are now open for Sunday brunch!

Steveston is only a few minutes away from our hotel. Notify a member of our guest services team to arrange for reservations.

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Let’s Go to Market


As the mercury inches ever so higher, summer is clearly on its way. Whether you’re eating al fresco or enjoying a picnic dinner with friends and family, this time of year tends to draw us outdoors to enjoy these warmer temps. It also signifies the arrival of summer markets, which are currently setting up shop throughout Richmond. Here’s a few of our favorites:

Summer Night Market

Date: May 21 – September 26, 2010

The Summer Night Market in Richmond is back for 2010. There are street snacks from all over Asia and Europe, lots of mini-festivals, tons of shopping and plenty of entertainment on the performance stage.

Hours of operation
Fridays and Saturdays: 7pm to 12am
Sundays: 7pm to 11pm

Holiday long weekends
Sundays: 7pm to 12am
Mondays: 7pm to 11pm

Location: 12631 Vulcan Way Richmond
Website: www.summernightmarket.com
Phone: 604-278-8000

Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market

Date: May 23 – October 10, 2010

The 2010 Steveston Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market is officially open! Come for the amazing artistry, the plentiful produce, the chef in the market and the enchanting entertainers.

The Market will open every other Sunday from 10am to 4pm, rain or shine. It will be open bi-weekly until October 10, 2010.

Location: Corner of 3rd Ave. & Moncton St. Richmond
Website: www.sfam.ca
Phone: 604-729-7326

Bon appetit!

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McHappy Day


General Manager Robert Gillis recently participated in McHappy Day, an annual event sponsored by McDonald’s Restaurants. Rob volunteered his services at a local McDonald’s located at the Ironwood Mall here in Richmond.

As mentioned in a previous post, Rob has been appointed to the role of Chair of the Tourism Richmond Board of Directors and in doing so, lent his support in giving back to the community. From flipping burgers and making fries, to greeting guests and taking orders, Rob really enjoyed working with the McDonald’s team!

Since McHappy Day was first introduced in 1977, the national one-day fundraising event has raisedmore than $28.7 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC) of Canada, the Ronald McDonald House® program and local children’s charities across Canada.  In addition, McDonald’s donates 10 cents from every Happy Meal sold every day in Canada to RMHC which has to date has more than raised $23 million.

During McHappy Day, more than 1,400 McDonald’s restaurants across Canada donated $1.00 from every Big Mac® sandwich, McMuffin® sandwich and Happy Meal® sold to local children’s charities across Canada. In addition, many restaurants held fundraising events leading up to McHappy Day to lend additional support.

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Cinco de Mayo


It’s hard to believe it’s already the month of May, in particular the 5th of May. What does this mean you ask? It’s Cinco de Mayo!

The holiday of Cinco De Mayo commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday celebrated in the Mexican state capital city of Puebla and throughout the state of Puebla, with some limited recognition in other parts of Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with a significant Mexican population. It is not, as many people think, Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually September 16.

Seeing as this is such a festive holiday, we think Cinco de Mayo should be widely celebrated here in Canada too! So to kick things off, we’d like to toast our North American cousins to the south of the U.S. and offer up the traditional, authentic recipe for the classic (and gringo favorite) Margarita:

Ingredients

  • Seven parts tequila
  • Four parts Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • Three parts lemon or lime juice
  • Lime wedge or slice for garnish
  • Salt for rim of glass

Instructions

  • Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, then carefully pour into the glass (taking care not to dislodge any salt).
  • Garnish with lime and serve.

Ole!

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Doors Open Richmond


Visitors and residents of Richmond will enjoy the opportunity to explore over 40 unique culture and heritage sites this weekend…for free!

Doors Open Richmond will offer free access to over 40 sites including heritage landmarks, modern structures, hidden gems, places of worship, artist’s studios, museums and national historic sites. Explore Richmond’s arts, culture and heritage diversity during a two day city-wide free celebration. Many participating partners have organized guided tours, displays and activities to enrich each visitors experience. Whether you live in Richmond or you’re a welcome visitor, don’t miss this fascinating chance to discover the many special parts of Richmond and its rich history. The doors are open for you to see Richmond like you’ve never seen it before.

For a full listing of all participating venues and Doors Open details, click here to download the brochure.

Doors Open: THIS WEEKEND May 1 – 2, 10am – 4pm

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GM Appointed to Chair of Tourism Richmond


The team at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Riverport-Richmond is excited to announce our General Manager, Robert Gillis, has been appointed Chair of the Tourism Richmond Board of Directors.

Internally Rob has been affectionately dubbed ‘Mr. Tourism’, as he takes on this new role with several years of experience in the Tourism sector. Rob’s hotel management background spans over a decade. Before he began working with Marquee Hotels in March, 2008, Rob worked with Sandman Hotels as a Regional Director, and managed properties for Wall Financial & Leisure Lodge Hotels. He’s excited to be working in the Richmond marketplace where his career first began.

Rob served as Vice Chair last year and replaces outgoing Chair, Roman St. Germain, Hotel Manager of the Delta Vancouver Airport. He is joined by 18 other Board members, including three new additions – Dan McGowan of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel, Deb Robson of Britannia Heritage Shipyards National Heritage Society, and Parmjit Randhawa of Garden City Cabs.

Click here to read more about the Tourism Richmond Board of Directors Executive Committee.

The team would like to wish Rob congratulations on his appointment!

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Corporate Team Building – this is it


Corporate Team Building – this is it.

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