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#2821 Nparker

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:32 AM

Eeek! That's a picture of a city; with buildings and roads and people! Is that really the image we want to project to the world?



#2822 aastra

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:37 AM

 

Is that really the image we want to project to the world?

 

I think you always want to project your uniqueness. Victoria doesn't look like Tofino or Nanaimo or Campbell River or Prince George or Kelowna. If you've got the goods, show them off.



#2823 aastra

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 11:38 AM

 

Tourism Victoria's mandate extends to Port Renfrew...

 

I think they've forgotten that their mandate also extends into downtown Victoria.


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Posted 05 July 2018 - 12:00 PM

There is a pretty nice 'billboard' ad for Bayview that you see when arriving at YYJ and coming down the escalator.  It is a pic of of the inner harbor and Bayview buildings and would also work for a tourism guide.  Victoria Buzz on facebook also frequently posts fantastic city pictures of Victoria that would look very cool



#2825 aastra

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 12:18 PM

If you ever see anything resembling an establishing/context shot it will typically be in a condo ad, airline ad, hotel ad, etc. But for any other place it would typically be front and center in the tourism board's promotional materials.

 

Consider: if Bayview wasn't a thing and those ads weren't there, then recent tourism publications might contain zero such images.


Edited by aastra, 05 July 2018 - 12:20 PM.


#2826 laconic

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 06:18 PM

We sat outside of Chocolats Favoris on Government tonight having ice cream cones. The Odgen Point Shuttle bus was stopped across the street with motor and the air conditioning unit running. The noise was very loud and audible on the entire street. It surprised me because the bus was very new and I've never heard a tour bus that loud before.

 

Another shuttle bus pulled up so the first one left. The second was also loud and left its motor running too. It wasn't a very pleasant experience for the 10 or 15 minutes we were there.

 

If I was the owner of any business on that block I'd be complaining.



#2827 AllseeingEye

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 07:14 PM

Come on aastra you know better than this: show a picture of Victoria with one semi-modern building (defined  as anything built after 1969) of even modest height - "height" of course referring to anything beyond three whole entire floors - and you might be tempted to then publish a shot of a picture with two such buildings! And then *three*....!!!

 

My god man don't you realize that from there its merely another image or two from that point and you've got.........you know......<gasp>....Vancouver!!!!


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#2828 Bingo

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Posted 06 July 2018 - 07:35 PM

On this board we've seen numerous pics that show off the city's uniqueness. Why not try putting a picture like this on the cover of the city's guide? Or somewhere inside the guide, if not on the cover? Imagery of this nature has generally been suppressed by the authorities (it sounds like I'm talking about a top secret jet fighter or something, that's how silly this whole thing is), so if you put it out there now it would probably blow people away. In terms of themes, try selling the fact that there's much more there than you (the tourist) ever knew.

That photo is 5 years old.

We need to get more Americans outta there and they should feel more welcome now that we are building a sewage treatment plant so use a picture of that being built.



#2829 Rob Randall

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:07 PM

Victoria reviewed in the Texarkana Gazette:
 

Getting around Victoria is simple, with many modes of transportation available: Hop-on Hop-off buses, regular city buses (one goes to Butchart Gardens every half-hour at designated stops), pedi-cabs, people-powered cabs, horse-drawn carriages and rented bicycles.
Many visitors choose to walk throughout the city, with the aid of an all-day bus pass. The city, like many West Coast cities, is pedestrian-friendly, with vehicles stopping for walkers at intersections that do not have stop signs or signals.

 

 

Aren't we nice!

 

There are many micro breweries, starting with the first of many brew houses, the Horseshoe Bay Brewing Company, started in 1982. Eight of these breweries are within a mile of the wharf area.

 

 

Say what?!


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#2830 Benezet

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Posted 10 July 2018 - 09:49 PM

Say what?!


The geography here is askew, but the story of Horseshoe Bay Brewing is notable:

https://bcaletrail.c...frank-appleton/

#2831 lanforod

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 07:31 AM

What is the difference between a pedi-cab and a people-powered cab?



#2832 Nparker

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 07:33 AM

What is the difference between a pedi-cab and a people-powered cab?

The latter is a cheap version of the former where you have to supply your own power - sort of like a Flintstones' car.  :P



#2833 DustMagnet

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:22 AM

The latter is a cheap version of the former where you have to supply your own power - sort of like a Flintstones' car.  :P

But there's usually beer in the latter?  ;)



#2834 aastra

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:39 AM

 

Getting to the city is half the fun.
Visitors can fly into Seattle and take a regular ferry through the San Juan Islands (four-plus hours with several island stops),
sign up for an exciting ride on a fast ferry (two-plus hours),
ride a train or bus from Seattle to Vancouver and take a ferry to the island,
fly directly to Vancouver and hook up with the V2V ferry or fly directly from Seattle to Victoria via pontoon-bearing sea plane, taking off and landing on the water.

 

Can anyone identify the missing option?



#2835 Nparker

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:46 AM

Can anyone identify the missing option?

  • Fly SEA-YYJ
  • Drive Seattle to Port-Angeles, then catch the Coho.

I am sure there are others.


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#2836 lanforod

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:08 AM

Swim



#2837 Rob Randall

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 09:18 AM

If you take a sailboat and take the long way around, you could even have the voyage pay you a handsome profit. Also you could be murdered and then eaten by bears.


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#2838 aastra

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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:41 AM

It just seems crazy that more people would choose that option over simply flying to the airport.



#2839 Bingo

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 07:08 PM

Remember these...

The 40-passenger amphibious yellow buses decorated with purple hippos first made a splash in Victoria in 2012. The company offered 90-minute tours, starting on land and then heading into the water at the James Bay boat launch.But the Victoria tourist season isn’t long enough to make the business viable, said Geoff Lind, a major shareholder in Victoria Hippo Tours. Last year, the hippos operated from May 1 to Oct. 1.

That’s why they will be heading for a more tropical destination, where they can operate 12 months of the year, Lind said Monday.

http://www.timescolo...imate-1.1822578

...and now this.

 

The 17 people who died in the duck boat tragedy last week in southwestern Missouri were not wearing life jackets when found, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN Sunday. The Ride the Ducks Branson amphibious vessel had 31 people on board when it set sail Thursday on Table Rock Lake near the Missouri tourist mecca of Branson as a severe thunderstorm whipped up intense winds and waves. A treacherous squall sank the boat. There were life jackets on the boat, but passengers weren't required to wear them, according to Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader. 

Are they safe?
 


#2840 AllseeingEye

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 07:25 PM

Victoria reviewed in the Texarkana Gazette:
 

 

Aren't we nice!

 

 

Say what?!

Ah yes, and the inevitable reference at the end to "Victoria Island".........



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