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Ecuador Campaign Spotlights Tourism as Critical Driver To Post-Earthquake Recovery

May 5, 2016
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Ecuador takes tip from Nepal about post-earthquake messaging  EcuadorNOW, a tourism recovery campaign modeled after a program in Nepal, is a brand-new crowd sourced, social media campaign to advise friends and visitors that Ecuador is open for business as usual and that places they want to enjoy were physically unaffected by the recent earthquake. The campaign showcases Ecuador as it is now, with reliable, up-to-the minute information, facts, photos and stories. The EcuadorNOW campaign is a collaboration between tourism experts,…

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Oak Bay Beach Hotel appoints Catrina Santa Lucia as Manager of Boathouse Spa & Baths

May 4, 2016
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Catrina Santa Lucia is the new spa manager for the Boathouse Spa & Baths at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. Santa Lucia joins the property from the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, AB, where she was spa and fitness manager. At the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Santa Lucia will oversee a team of 20 staff members, including a registered massage therapist, spa therapists, a spa coordinator and spa attendants. Santa Lucia joins the Boathouse Spa & Baths as the team…

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TOURISM IRELAND VOTED NUMBER 2 TOURIST BOARD IN GERMANY

April 28, 2016
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Tourism Ireland has been voted the number two tourist board in Germany, by a jury of some 139 influential journalists – including editors of national and local newspapers, travel and special interest magazines, as well as freelance and online journalists. For the 12th year in a row, the Tourism Ireland publicity team was named in the Top 10 among all tourist boards represented in Germany, in the annual ‘Verkehrsbüro des Jahres’ awards. The criteria under which the tourist boards were…

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Meet Ariane Colenbrander, Travel & Lifestyle Writer and Photographer

April 25, 2016
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“Graphic design is a creative position much like writing.” What do you hope to get out of the new relaunched Media Kitty? Easier contact with tourism boards, outlets looking for contributors and new travel friends alike. What is involved in your job day to day? Blogging, editing content, attending events, press trips and reviewing products like urban-minded tech, travel, and fashion items. What challenges do you face in your role? Including return flights for some of the FAM trips I…

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Eau Claire Distillery Wins Three International Awards Including San Francisco World Spirits Silver Medal

April 20, 2016
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Canada Gin Distillery of the Year Win at Berlin International Spirits Competition Alberta’s original craft distillery, Eau Claire Distillery has won at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, considered to be the most influential spirits competition in the world. From more than 1,850 spirits, the largest number in the competition’s 16-year history, Parlour Gin received the Silver Medal in the gin category. The distillery has also won Canada Gin Distillery of the Year at the Berlin International Spirits Competition,…

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New Drinkable Sunscreen: UVO

April 15, 2016
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Have you ever been so thirsty while sunbathing at the beach that you thought of opening your bottle of sunscreen and taking a swig? Yeah, probably not. (In fact, doing so would be highly toxic and is something you should never attempt.) But for those of you who have always wanted a sunscreen that can both protect your skin and quench your thirst, there’s now a product for that. It’s called UVO, a sunscreen that you can drink. Hold the…

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Top Ten Off-the-Radar Trails to Ride in the Rockies from Chasing Epic Mountain Bike Company

April 11, 2016
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Owner Steve Mokan offers his personal list of favorites in the US Rockies. The best known trails to mountain bike in the West are also likely to be the most crowded. Serious riders are always on the lookout for the more obscure routes that one day may become legends as well. So what are the top ten off-the-radar mountain biking trails in the Rockies? Chasing Epic, a new mountain bike adventure travel company, is refiguring the way people experience the…

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Keeping an Eye on Earth Day: Member News Spotlight

April 7, 2016
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The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. More than 1 billion people in 194 nations now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. Media Kitty members far and wide are among participants in Earth Day and…

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Western River Expeditions Launches Enhanced Website Featuring 360-Degree Photography & Virtual Reality Video

April 4, 2016
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Compelling visitors to stick around, be awed by content and inspired to act is the raison d’etre of any travel website.  That’s why veteran whitewater rafting outfitter Western River Expeditions recently engaged the expertise of Resmark Interactive, to create a new, mobile and tablet-integrated website with 360 degree imagery and VR video capabilities that went live this week at www.westernriver.com. “Our goal with Western River Expeditions was to provide a rich environment for visitors to plan their next adventure,” says Chad…

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