Birds on the brain these days? Head to the Columbia Valley, located between the towering Rocky and Purcell mountains in southeast British Columbia. The newest addition to the BC Bird Trail is marked by friendly communities surrounded by wetlands, featuring a burgeoning avian population. In spring, watch for the striking plumage of horned grebes, as well as songbirds and Lewis’s woodpecker.
Traveling from Golden and Radium Hot Springs to Kimberly and Cranbrook, discover some of the best birding in the province thanks to a landscape of marshland, rivers, lakes and forests. Paired with charming towns and plenty of roadside sights, the Columbia River Trail is ideal for individual birders, couples and families seeking a spring outdoors adventure.
Surrey, British Columbia, is part of Metro Vancouver and lies between the Fraser River and the U.S. border. The city’s new Spice Trail offers a buffet of ethnic dishes, with 40 new restaurants added just in time for spring and early summer. An initiative of Discover Surrey to celebrate the region’s rich array of South Asian and multicultural cuisine, the self-guided Spice Trail spotlights restaurants, cafés and retail stores highlighting their spiciest specialties.
Featured Surrey businesses include Clove (Southern India), Syrian Gourmet (Middle East), Union Latinos and lots more. There is also a “chaat trail” that identifies the best spots to sample the savory East Indian snack, which consists of fried dough served with chickpeas, boiled potatoes, yogurt sauce, tamarind and coriander chutneys.
Food fans also won’t want to miss the Fraser Valley Circle Farm Tour, a self-guided jaunt through the diverse agritourism experiences found in this fertile area of British Columbia. Visitors can download the Circle Farm Tour road map and spend a leisurely day or weekend driving to specialty farm-gate vendors, open-air markets, eateries and heritage sites, all with ties to Fraser Valley’s agriculture and farming heritage. Along the way, do not miss a yoga class with goats, fields of bright purple lavender or mead tasting at a honey farm.
While the 372-passenger Viking Polaris expedition ship, launched in September 2022, falls midway in size between Viking Cruises’ intimate river cruise ships and large-scale ocean ships, it is operated with the same attention to detail and personalized service.
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts partners with Cisneros Real Estate to construct a new Four Seasons property in the Dominican Republic. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia is slated to open in 2026.
In mid-September, Banyan Tree Group and Ennismore sealed the deal with Dubai Holding to bring a new Banyan Tree property to Bluewaters, Dubai. This multi-staged project will welcome new brands to Dubai, beginning with the opening of Banyan Tree Dubai this November.
Many small- and medium-sized businesses face time and budget constraints when organizing corporate hotel travel for employees. To address this problem, IHG® Business Edge emerged as a cost-free business travel solution for small- to medium-sized enterprises, offering travel managers exclusive access to enticing perks, handpicked educational resources and comprehensive company travel metrics. IHG Business Edge connects our loyal customers to our portfolio of 5,800 hotels and resorts across 18 brands in more than 100 countries.
In a dramatic plot twist that seems to have emerged from one of Shakespeare’s own plays, Vicenza, Italy, recently informally accused fair Verona, Italy, of stealing the claim to the famed Romeo and Juliet. For centuries, visitors have made the trip to Verona’s Juliet House to see the famous balcony.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Medellín, Colombia, with us.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) believes business travel is a fundamental force for good and brings the industry together to connect, innovate and set new standards. With members from across the globe, GBTA engages the many voices of business travel to build a collective future, providing a platform for buyers and suppliers to come together, connect with peers, grow their network and shape the future of the industry.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.