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5 Road Trip Tips To Keep Your Kids Happy (And You, Sane)

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If you’re a family that loves to get behind the wheels and explore, you probably know that the greatest challenge to that can be entertaining the kids. While most adults are content to just stare out the window and admire natural beauty, children have a certain limitation when it comes to that ability. These road trip tips will help keep your kids happy and preserve your own sanity, whether you’re driving from Surrey to Calgary or California.

Pack Small, Individual Activities Tailored To Each Child

Involve your child in filling a backpack with activities they can do solo. From colouring books to word searches to novels, you and your child can build your excitement together by packing as a team. What about electronics? There’s definitely room for that on a road trip (particularly when you’re on the go over multiple days), but this backpack should be tech-free. An exception to this might be a music device with ear buds. This actually could encourage some of that window-gazing and it’s one answer to differing musical preferences. This backpack is the first response to boredom as outlined in the next tip.

Don’t Intervene Unless You Have To

It’s important to let your kids figure out a way to entertain themselves without you throwing a game at them or putting a movie on right away. I mean, this is a vacation for you, too, right? Let them doodle in their notebook, read or play with their toy figurines in their laps. Just as at home, children should be encouraged to figure out how to beat boredom, it’s possible for them to be creative in the car. With a backpack of activities at their disposal that they helped pack, they should feel empowered to make choices.

Plan A Variety Of Stops Each Day

While you don’t always have the luxury of taking several days to get to a destination, it really does help to break up each day of driving with a variety of stops. Just a quick stretch of the legs, bathroom break and snack in the fresh air does wonders. However, if there is the opportunity to spend a couple hours exploring something interesting in a town – a particular attraction, a natural wonder, a local hike – this adds to the experience of the road trip and creates enjoyable memories. And best of all, getting back in the car for another stretch of driving is more bearable for everyone.

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Pull Out The Family Car Games

You knew these were coming! There are so many classic car games that they could have an article unto themselves. And in fact, there already are plenty of people out there reminding the rest of us how we dealt with drives before tablets and cell phones. To jumpstart your memory, check out Fun-Attic’s Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Games and Geek Dad’s 5 Old School Car Games for Retro Road Tripping!

A Movie A Day Keeps The Frustration Away

I’m not above letting my kids watch a movie when the GPS says we’ve got 8 hours of driving ahead of us. For me and my husband, that’s a guaranteed couple hours of happy driving. But we find that when we’ve put the other tips into play, the movie really can be the last resort for that stretch of long drive in between breaks.

In the end, you have to do what works for you and your family. Hopefully some of these tips make your adventure memorable and fun! Have any tips to share with us? Leave a comment below!

Taslim combines her love of writing and social change by telling the stories that build bridges among people. Her motivating forces are her 3 children and her INFJ personality. Taslim is a regular contributor to Huffington Post Canada and Yummy Mummy Club, and a columnist for Peace Arch News. She has romantic notions of travel writing across European countrysides and historic African towns but her heart belongs to Surrey, B.C. You can connect with Taslim on Twitter and Instagram @taslimjaffer.

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Tourism & Hospitality sector seeks $680 million recovery stimulus package from B.C. Government

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Immediate financial assistance vital for sector hardest hit by
COVID-19 and travel restrictions

VANCOUVER, B.C. (July 21, 2020) – A coalition representing British Columbia’s more than 19,000 tourism and hospitality businesses has presented the Provincial government with a recovery stimulus proposal that would see the government allocate $680 million from its $1.5 billion recovery package as an initial investment to help mitigate the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 on the B.C. visitor economy and its workforce.

In 2018 (latest statistics available), the tourism and hospitality industry included over 19,300 businesses, generated more than $8.3 billion in provincial GDP and $4.5 billion in direct tax revenues from $20.4 billion in direct visitor spending, and created employment in tourism-related businesses for more than 300,000 workers, half of whom service visitors in every community of the province.

Unfortunately, as the only industry almost entirely based on the discretionary movement of people, the tourism and hospitality sector has been the most severely impacted by far by COVID-19 due to business closure orders and restrictions on personal travel, as well as the closure of international borders.

Virtually the entire sector was shut down resulting in extensive layoffs, with many businesses having closed without the cash flow to re-open, and thousands more desperately trying to maintain solvency. Despite the commencement of Phase 3 on June 24th, most sector businesses have only partially re-opened, with eviscerated source markets and severely damaged supply chains.

The long-term economic outlook for the sector is the bleakest for any industry. Best-case projections would still see a $14.8 billion (69%) decline in tourism revenue from $20.4 billion in 2018 to $6.7 billion in 2020. This severe loss in revenue, which could be significantly greater, will have reverberating impacts on jobs, government revenues through taxes, and the ability to re-invest in the sector for a more resilient, sustainable future.

“The existing suite of packages aimed at the overall economy are appreciated and helpful, but not sufficient to sustain the B.C. tourism and hospitality sector for the foreseeable future from this unexpected pandemic,” said Vivek Sharma, Chair of the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC).

“The only way we can prevent generations of lost economic activity, jobs, and tax revenues is by acting decisively now with innovative and creative solutions that recognize the importance of this sector, which is the face and brand of British Columbia to the world and one of the strongest drivers of BC’s economy.”

The proposed recovery stimulus package proposed by the tourism and hospitality sector has three components:

  • A Working Capital Recovery Grant ($475 million) to help sustain and maintain solvency for businesses that have prospects to return to profitability in the medium term (i.e. 18 months). This could include the provision of low or no-interest loans with an extended payback period. As the timing and magnitude of out-of-province visitors is uncertain, the immediate priority would be to sustain businesses that normally rely on these visitors and generate significant revenues for the visitor economy, as well as businesses that play central roles in attracting visitors to a community or a region.
  • Support for Adaptation Costs ($190 million) that would provide funds to: help businesses adapt their operations to the health and safety requirements of COVID-19 and protect their workforce, visitors, residents and local communities; and develop innovative ways of delivering tourism experiences to augment and accelerate recovery.
  • Support for Developing Resilient, B.C.-focused Supply Chains ($15 million). The goal would be to support industry subsectors (accommodation, attractions, transportation, food services, and retail) refocus their supply chains and forge new relationships with B.C. suppliers, to create supply chains that will not only promote recovery over the next 18 months, but also contribute to the industry’s resilience going forward.

The proposal also recommends a joint industry-government task force to work alongside existing industry organizations and networks to finalize funding parameters, application processes, and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. The task force would include participation by the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness, and the Ministry of Finance.

“For decades, tourism has been a strong and consistent economic engine for the province and significant source of employment in every BC community,” said Sharma. “What we are asking for is a return on the contributions the tourism and hospitality sector has made to the provincial and national economy over those decades.

Essentially, we need an initial investment of $680 million to save an industry that is worth more than $20 billion per year. Without this support, our sector could see upwards of 100,000 jobs lost in 2020 and thousands of businesses permanently shuttered.”

To view the proposed tourism and hospitality sector recovery stimulus proposal, please visit please visit tiabc.ca.

About Tourism Industry Association of BC

The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) advocates for the interests of British Columbia’s $20.4 billion visitor economy. As a not-for-profit tourism industry association, TIABC works collaboratively with its members – private sector tourism businesses, industry associations and destination marketing organizations – to ensure the best working environment for a competitive tourism industry.

Tourism and Hospitality in BC

Sector value (2018):
  • Industry Revenue: $20.4 billion
  • Number of businesses: 19,300 (90% are small or medium sized businesses)
  • Provincial GDP: $8.3 billion
  • Tax revenue for government: $4.5 billion in direct tax revenues ($1.7 billion provincial)
  • Direct employment: 160,000 people (3rd largest private sector employer in B.C.)
Sector uniqueness:
  • Tourism is the only industry almost entirely based on the discretionary movement of people.
  • Tourism is the sector that has been most severely impacted by COVID-19 because of business closure orders and travel restrictions, including border closures.
  • Tourism is the face and brand of British Columbia to the world, attracting revenue and talent to B.C.
  • Tourism is the only sector generating revenue and employing British Columbians in every community throughout the province.
  • Most tourism businesses cannot survive without revenue from out-of-province visitors.
Impact of COVID-19 to date (July 21):
  • Business closures: 10% of independent restaurants have closed permanently and 50% expect to close permanently by the end of the year without assistance; hotel occupancy was down 62% June over June and many hotels are not yet open; one-quarter of businesses in all regions are closed at present and more than half are experiencing reduced operations.
  • Employment: More than 100,000 full and part-time tourism and hospitality jobs have been temporarily or permanently lost due to the pandemic and related travel and physical distancing restrictions. Without this rescue package, BC can expect to lose up to 120,000 tourism jobs in 2020.
  • Revenue: Destination B.C.’s projection for 2020 (best-case scenario) is a 69% decline in tourism revenue from $20.4 billion in 2018 to $6.7 billion in 2020. This $14.8 billion loss in revenue, which could be significantly greater, will have reverberating impacts on jobs, government revenues and the ability to re-invest in the sector for a more resilient, sustainable future.
  • Virtually the entire sector has endured closures and extensive employee lay-offs, with many businesses having closed without the cash flow to re-open, and thousands more desperately trying to maintain solvency.
  • With no ability to generate revenue, many seasonal tourism operators have depleted their cash reserves to pay fixed costs such as rent, mortgages and utilities.
  • Many major attractions are seeing less than 10% of normal revenues at this time of the year.
  • Most lodges up and down the coast will not open this year at all, and many guest ranches in the Interior do not have any visitors and cannot operate.
  • Major tour bus companies have been idle for months and some are only operating again with very limited capacity and not seeing sufficient volumes to survive.
  • The cruise sector has been docked for the foreseeable future. It represents over $1 billion to the economies of both Vancouver and Victoria.
  • Major tour operators like the Rocky Mountaineer are not operating. Rocky Mountaineer usually only employs hundreds of people each year, generating significant economic benefits for the province.
  • Angling guides and hunting guides have no customers (i.e. international clients) and many are not operating.
  • 80% of commercial bear viewing operators will not open this year.
  • The entire meetings, festivals and events sector has ground to a halt with all of its support networks also sidelined (e.g. conference coordinators, producers).
  • Some major hotels remain closed. Those that are open in major centres like Vancouver, Richmond and Victoria, are experiencing very limited occupancy…in many instances less than 20%.
  • In Victoria, accommodation revenue numbers declined 86% in June after declines of 90% in both April and May.
Additional background:
  • Although many businesses have re-opened and are trying to recover, they are not making money and losses are growing; without help, we are likely to see documented permanent closures in the fall and winter months.
  • Addressing health and safety issues will result in higher operating costs and reduced capacity (fewer customers) due to physical distancing.
  • Many small operators do not qualify for some of the loan programs, the wage subsidy, rent relief, and other measures introduced by government.
  • Even with the return of local, provincial and potentially national visitors, the majority of tourism businesses won’t survive 2020 without significant and timely financial support.
  • Assistance that is required now, while little to no revenue is being generated includes: Funding to pay rent; and waiving/deferring/decreasing property taxes, utilities, city fees, tenure fees, park fees, rod day fees, and corporate income tax.
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Best Thing About Canadian Tourism

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Tourism generates around $36 billion in revenue in Canada each year. For most people, visiting Canada is something they have on their bucket list. Not only is tourism good for the Canadian economy, it is also beneficial for the residents of popular cities like Toronto and Montreal.

With a constant influx of tourists, these local economies are able to generate a lot of money in a relatively short amount of time. With good infrastructure that Canada offers, tourists can use car rental, such as the one that Globe Car & Truck Rental of Montreal offers, and visit different tourist attractions easily.

If you are looking to get out of the rat race of life for a while, then planning a trip to Canada is a great idea. While this trip will be costly, it is worth the investment considering the memories it will allow you to make. The following are some of the reasons why planning a trip to Canada is a good idea.

View the Beauty of the Northern Lights

One of the main reasons why people choose to vacation in Canada is due to the breathtaking scenery this area is known for. While there are a number of natural attractions in Canada, many of them pale in comparison to the Northern Lights. This spectacular all-natural light show has been hypnotizing and delighting audiences for years.

There are a number of places in Canada you can view the Northern Lights. Traveling to areas like Whitehorse, Yukon or Fort McMurray, Alberta will provide you with a front row seat for the Northern Lights. Instead of relying on public transportation to get to these areas, you need to think about renting a vehicle for one part of the journey at least.

Try Canada’s National Dish on Your Visit

Going to Canada on vacation also allows you to sample some delicious cuisine. Ask any Canadian what their favorite dish is and they are sure to tell you it is poutine. If you love fries, cheese and gravy, then poutine is something you definitely have to try.

The place you choose to get your poutine from matters, so be sure to do your homework. As you start to plan your trip to Canada, you will need to do some research to ensure you make the right hotel bookings and dinner reservations. While this may feel like a lot of work, it is worth the effort considering the great trip this information allows you to plan.

Canada Has Very Friendly Locals

When traveling to larger cities, most people are afraid of what type of people they will run into. New Yorkers are notorious for being a bit rude and abrasive. If you are looking for a vacation destination that has tons of friendly and accommodating locals, then Canada is a must.

What are You Waiting For?

Now that you know about the benefits that come with visiting Canada, it is time to start planning your trip. In most cases, you can find all of the information you need to plan and book your vacation online. Doing things like renting a car and selecting a hotel near local attractions can help to make your trip much better.

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5 Cozy Fall Staycations Just Outside Metro Vancouver

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The colours of leaves are changing, the air is crisp and the days are getting shorter. Summer may be over, but it’s not too late to take off on a weekend getaway. One of the best remedies to cure the autumn blues is to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a relaxing staycation.

Soak up all the serene sights the season has to offer at one of these accommodations, all less than three hours away from Metro Vancouver.

Brookside Inn Boutique Hotel - Abbotsford

A quick jaunt away in the Fraser Valley, this hidden gem is nestled in Abbotsford. The quaint B&B offers a cozy place to stay, in your own backyard. What makes this place so unique is that each of its six rooms is based on a classic film.

Movie buffs will especially love staying in one of the themed suites, which also come equipped with the DVD it’s decorated after. Choose from: Under The Tuscan Sun, Midnight In Paris, The Secret Garden, A Good Year, Thomas Crown Affair and Roman Holiday.

From the moment you step inside, it’s brimming with charm and it’s probably unlike any other place you’ve stayed at before.

Take in stunning views of the Pepin Brook Vineyard and Mount Baker, right from your window.On those rainy fall days, this is the perfect place to unwind and watch a flick. In the morning, head to the elegant Breakfast at Tiffany’s room for a hearty farm-to-table style breakfast.

Rowena's Inn - Harrison Mills

Visit Harrison Mills, where riverside cabins and luxury suites await. Rowena’s Inn features a handful of rustic cottages and an English-style boutique hotel, all situated on a sprawling 160-acres. The cabins have a wood-burning fireplace, a deep-soak tub for two and a patio offering unsurpassed views of the area. If you prefer to stay in the hotel, there are lots of elegant pieces to discover, that are filled with history.

For instance, the dining room table was once used by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The property is home to the picturesque Sandpiper Golf Course and an outdoor pool overlooking the Harrison River. There’s also a restaurant located just steps away from the accommodations, with some of the best eats in the region. You may never want to leave here. But if you do, it’s just a short 20-minute drive to the bustling village of Harrison Hot Springs.

Sunset Pines Cottage - Harrison Hot Springs

Stumble upon a little piece of paradise that overlooks Harrison Lake, at this one-of-a-kind spot just a few minutes away from the village. The a-frame cottage features a wrap-around deck, a BBQ for entertaining and your very own cedar barrel sauna. The pet-friendly accommodation is tucked away amongst the trees but offers amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

With lots of windows, it gets a lot of natural light and is an inviting space to enjoy a romantic getaway or to hang out with a group of close friends. The cottage has you covered as far as your entertainment needs go, with a variety of board games and some vintage video games for the NES Classic Edition. It’s within walking distance to beach access, but you’ll probably be just as content sipping your morning coffee on the patio while taking in all your surroundings.

Micro Cabin - Robert's Creek

Become a minimalist on your staycation (even if it’s just for a day or two) with an unforgettable tiny house experience on the Sunshine Coast. This adorable micro cabin is located on a private property in the tiny town of Robert’s Creek. What it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in personality. The 125-square-foot space is for those who want to explore the great outdoors on the island and then come ‘home’ to a cozy hideaway to play cards or other games the cabin has to offer.

There’s a ladder leading up to two lofts, one with a bed and the other intended to practice yoga. The Wi-Fi connection here is pretty weak but with good company, or even a good book, you’re all set to disconnect from the outside world. Robert’s Creek is just past Gibsons and it’s close to Sechelt and Halfmoon Bay, with lots of trails and parks nearby to go exploring. For the art lovers, the Sunshine Coast has lots of unique shops and galleries to find inspiration at.

Cob House - Mayne Island

One of the province’s most magical getaways is just a short ferry ride away, on the quaint Mayne Island. This cob house is on a farm, where sheep and other critters roam around freely. You can even pick apples from the nearby orchard to feed to the sheep, right outside your front door. Cob is a natural building material made from subsoil, water and sometimes lime. This material makes the building fireproof and earthquake-proof, while also giving it a whole lot of character and a more whimsical look.

Often referred to as hobbit houses, these unique accommodations are highly-sought after worldwide. But not a lot of people know there’s one right here in BC. The interior is just as charming as the outside, and it just might be the definition of cozy—with a reading nook by the window, a wood-burning fireplace and string lights hanging throughout.

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Famous Casinos in England

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Casinos are often thought of as places for big spenders to throw their cash around or for pro’s to get their hands on some more cash around a poker table, but most of the time they include regular people looking to make some quick money. Although the word ‘casino’ is quickly related to Las Vegas, there are some other great casinos across the globe that are possibly overlooked. Not just online casino UK, we’re talking about heading into the hearts of the cities to find these treasures. Across England, you will find some pretty lavish casinos that will entertain you and your friends for hours.

The Hippodrome Casino – London

Of course, England’s capital was going to be on the list, and in the heart of the West End, the Hippodrome is one of the most popular in the country. The establishment is one of the largest in the UK and boasts more than just its three gaming floors. It contains an underground casino, steak house, seven bars with 24-hour food and drink service, and for the ladies, it hosts Magic Mike live shows.

There are themed events such as Arabian nights, Boozy Tea Rooms and a luxury sports lounge to host all the big fixtures of the year. It’s positioned adjacent to one of the city’s largest attractions, Leicester Square which typically sees 250,000 tourists a day – it’s no wonder that the Hippodrome is not only the largest but the busiest casino in the UK with its ‘free to enter’ policy.

Genting Casino International – Birmingham

A popular destination in England, Birmingham, where people flock from many surrounding areas to play in the Midlands casino. The casino itself lies within the Resorts World Birmingham, enabling them to bring in money from all sorts of people – not just gamblers. Immediately surrounding the casino, there is the Genting Hotel, Santai Spa, retail shops and an IMAX Cinema.

The casino hosts even more attractions to explore including restaurants, bars, a state-of-the-art gaming floor filled with table games and slot machines. A separate card room regularly hosts tournaments and if you’re lucky enough, you might be invited to the ‘higher limits high stakes’ area away from the main casino floor.

Grosvenor Casino Leo – Liverpool

Further north you will discover Liverpool, known for its iconic docks and The Beatles, Liverpool receives a lot of attention from tourists from all over the world. The Grosvenor Casino Leo is one of the places that enjoy the heavy influx of tourism and is a top choice when deciding on places to visit. Its atmosphere is just as you’d expect when up north – lively and loud.

Situated on the River Mersey, just a stone’s throw away from the Royal Albert Dock, not only does this casino have great entertainment, but it also has some stunning views. Watch the city lights bounce across the water whilst you relax in their late-night bar and restaurant. The casino floor is filled with state of the art slot machines and multiple tables to enjoy. There’s a sports area for you to watch all your Sportsbook betting events or to catch up on The Reds’ Premier League campaign.

There are, of course, more casinos across England to enjoy, and the UK as a whole hosts hundreds of lavish casinos. The ones on this list are open to the public, but some require you to be a member in order to enter so be sure to check before you arrive at the front door, otherwise you might have to head to the bingo hall for the night instead!

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Ebrahim Jadwet’s brand ENROUTE ANDAMANS enters the travel industry to promote Andaman Islands in the international stage..

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From a very young boy who left for Canada a decade ago for a better life for himself, to returning to Andamans in 2019 for a better life for doing justice to the ancestors and the future generations of this part of India and the betterment of the people of the islands, Ebrahim Jadwet’s life is an inspiration to the young and old.

In late 20s when the majority of the young men think of stability and a great life for himself and settling down and that too when born with a silver spoon, Ebrahim, the young Jadwet lad, made a choice to not just continue his family legacy but also to grind to add his own unique touch to that legacy by starting Enroute Andamans which came naturally to him because of his love and passion for his home, the Andaman islands.

While in Canada during his study and work, he was always involved in the activities of promoting Andamans, he had pride and wanted to spread awareness about his home islands with the world so that more opportunities open up for the young generations back home. After years of doing it “as much as he could,” it seemed like his efforts and intentions just got aligned and something potentially life changing and transformational happened.

He returned to India, to his home, the Islands and started the new venture of Enroute Andamans with the guidance and support of his well respected grandfather, Mr. Yusoof Jadwet who has dedicated over 50 years of his life to the people of Nicobar Islands and is the former CEO of EHL and of his respected father, Mr. Nasir Jadwet.

Ebrahim loves reflecting in nature, socialising and connecting with people. He has a great interest in history- of the family, of the islands and India. He admires beauty and art- in nature, in human beings and in man-made things as they inspire him to delve deeper into understanding the world, balancing the good and evil perspective to lead a life of legacy for his family and India.

He is striving hard to promote tourism in a responsible way with a purpose, to create opportunities for the present and future generations of the Andaman islands, to bring the best of India and the world to this part of India so that the ancestors dreams are fulfilled and the future generations are able to lead a successful life and contribute to the progress of this part of India.

Note: Enroute Andamans is a full fledged travel agency selling customized tour packages for Andaman Nicobar Islands

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