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Accommodation Offers, Cultural Experiences And Fresh Snow Make Now The Time To Visit Vancouver & Whistler
Vancouver and  Whistler are offering compelling accommodation packages to entice visitors to experience both host destinations. Tourism Vancouver and Tourism Whistler want to dispel myths that Vancouver and Whistler are "sold out", "too busy", "under construction", or "too expensive" in the wake of the 2010 Winter Games. These mis-perceptions are part of the Olympic aversion phenomenon which has been known to impact host destinations before and after the Games, leading visitors to stay away during what are actually great times to visit. Tourism Vancouver and Tourism Whistler want to be among the first to avoid this phenomenon. In fact, there has never been a better time to visit Vancouver and Whistler. Here’s why:

  • Great accommodation offers. Get breakfast included with your hotel stay in Vancouver, and a four-day lift pass included with your five-day stay in Whistler. Full details below.
  • Transportation has never been easier or more enjoyable. The $600 million upgrade to the Sea-to-Sky Highway linking Vancouver and Whistler is recently completed. And you can now get to downtown Vancouver from Vancouver International Airport by SkyTrain. The new Canada Line train is clean, fast (about 25 minutes into downtown Vancouver), and great value (just $3.75 CAD per person).
  • Ski or ride the Olympic and Paralympic runs! The snow is falling in Whistler and on Vancouver’s surrounding mountains. Whistler Mountain (venue for alpine skiing) and Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain (venue for freestyle skiing and snowboarding) have both opened weeks ahead of schedule, with great snow and short lift lines.
"Vancouver is just a wonderful place to be right now," said Tourism Vancouver’s Stephen Pearce, vice president of Leisure Travel and Digital Marketing. "Visit us now and you can be one of the first to see what the Olympic Host City has to offer." According to Tourism Whistler’s Arlene Schieven, vice president of Marketing, "Whistler is currently offering some of the best value for accommodation and lift ticket packages in its history, and the atmosphere here is more inviting and exciting than ever. With all the early snow, we are off to a great start this winter season." Tourism Vancouver’s focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The organization’s brand essence is about "exceeding expectations". www.tourismvancouver.com. Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club, the Whistler Visitor Centre and tourismwhistler.com, as well as (800) WHISTLER and whistler.com – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. www.whistler.com
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