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> Travel deals in Vancouver this year, Wall Street Journal writer says go now, before it costs too much!
starlagurl
post Nov 21 2008, 03:59 PM
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With the leadup to the Olympics, the travel industry in Vancouver is cutting prices now. They may never be the same again.

Do you think this happens to every Olympics site?

Hmmm...something to think about.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122722721488246207.html

It goes without saying that a $200-a-night first-class hotel room this February will cost more than that in February 2010. But the spotlight of the Games could give a lasting boost to winter tourism -- and winter prices -- even if the Opening and Closing ceremonies here fail to match the choreographic wizardry of last summer's Games in Beijing; the staged theatrics there drew attention away from the city's polluted air and dingy neighborhoods, and from China's political oppression.

For Vancouver, the more apt comparison is Sydney, Australia. Little about the Opening Ceremonies for the 2000 Summer Games there is remembered. But unforgettable are the panoramic shots of Sydney's pristine beaches, blue-green waters and gorgeous urban skyline. Vancouver can hope for a similar effect. Rankings of international cities in terms of natural beauty, architectural diversity, cultural richness and quality of life routinely place Vancouver first in North America and within the top five globally.


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starlagurl
post Jan 7 2009, 11:03 AM
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Hi Gomez, welcome. Are you planning on taking a trip to Vancouver soon?


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