In the wake of its busiest snow season in more than a decade, Panorama Mountain Resort in BC is again spending lots to enhance the guest experience. The resort continues to expand its steep and deep terrain, adding four more trails and more unnamed tree skiing lines after extensive glading. The area is accessible by the Monster X, a 13-seat passenger snowcat that provides a paid shuttle ride to the top of the area. More has been invested in the village, too, with close to $2 million spent on new culinary establishments, said Steve Paccagnan, Panorama’s president.
The Vancouver Airport Authority has announced that Vancouver Inter-national Airport (YVR) will be increasing its Airport Improvement Fee (AIF) to meet forecast growth and ensure the airport’s long-term financial health. The AIF will increase from $20 to $25 effective Jan. 1, 2020 for passengers travelling to destinations outside of BC.
YVR’s AIF will continue to be one of the cheapest amongst the eight major Canadian airports. Additionally, YVR is the only major airport to offer a highly discounted rate for regional travel at $5 for flights within BC and to the Yukon.
The Four Seasons Resort Whistler has debuted its updated take on the classic mountain lodge, after renovations that started in the spring 2019. The resort has introduced its revised 273 rooms and suites in time for the 2019-2020 ski season. The updates include all new furnishings, fixtures and bespoke additions in the rooms. Mid-century-inspired furnishings are featured prominently, including iron frame leather chairs and ashwood credenzas. Modern granite fireplaces in every room mean guests stay cosy. The resort is offering a Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free package, available for booking now.
Majestic Las Vegas, the latest mega resort in Sin City, is now set to break ground following the project’s approval by Clark County Commissioners. The 60-metre tall contemporary tower is scheduled to start construction in May 2020, and is slated for completion in early 2023. The five-star, non-gaming, 720-room all-suite ultra-luxury branded property will sit on the six-plus acre site formerly occupied by the Clarion Hotel, This location is directly across from the site of the new Las Vegas Convention Center opening in 2021, and just two blocks from the Las Vegas Strip.
Construction has started on The Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley in Arizona, and the eight-hectare luxury property is expected to open summer 2020. The lobby, situated above the rest of the hotel and overlooking Camel-back Mountain, will display a water feature that cascades down through the property to a spa. The resort’s 215 guest rooms consist of regular suites, oversized suites, detached casitas and bungalows.
At the recent Indonesia Fest 2019 in Burnaby, BC, Mahmood Poonja, the president of Bestway Tours & Safaris in Burnaby (l) met with the consul general of Indonesia in Vancouver – Tuti Wahyuningsih Irman. Poonja awarded the grand prize of a trip during the Fest.