Richmond , BC, Canada (August 17, 2009) - There's more to Richmond by aua56698


									August 14, 2009

For Immediate Release

          ~ Tourism Richmond expects an increase in visitors to the city ~

Richmond, BC, Canada (August 17, 2009) – There’s more to Richmond than most people realize, and
the opening of the new Canada Line on August 17 will provide that vital link between downtown
Vancouver, the Vancouver International Airport, and a growing destination that offers an abundance of
hotels, shops, restaurants, attractions and festivals. Tourism Richmond expects to see an increase in the
number of day trippers, staycations and overnight stays in Richmond area hotels as the city becomes much
more accessible to locals and visitors. The new rapid transit service to Richmond is a key infrastructure
component to support tourism in general as well as large-scale events such as the upcoming 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games and future meetings and events.

“This is a great day for tourism in Richmond as the Canada Line opening has far reaching positive impacts
and presents many new opportunities. The increased accessibility will invite more locals and visitors to the
city resulting in economic stimulus to every sector of the tourism industry from hotels and restaurants, to
shops and attractions,” said Tracy Lakeman, Executive Director for Tourism Richmond. “The new Canada
Line also supports the strategy to further position Richmond as a tourism destination. With a changing
skyline and evolving product offering, we are looking forward to the future and showcasing Richmond to the

As a Venue City for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Richmond will be doing just that as a hub of Olympic
activity with the O Zone celebration site in the city centre and all long track speed skating events taking
place in the iconic venue, the Richmond Olympic Oval. The Canada Line will be a key service connecting
everyone between Olympic events happening in Vancouver and Richmond. Beyond that, the potential
surrounding the legacy of the Games comes during a critical time in Richmond’s history and Tourism
Richmond has launched key destination sales and marketing initiatives to leverage the opportunity
including “It’s All Here – See it, Taste it, Get it” at

The growing metropolitan city of Richmond offers a diverse range of cultural, heritage, culinary and leisure
experiences not to mention a plethora of festivals and the largest collection of heritage sites in the Lower
Mainland. The Golden Village, a bustling commercial district in the heart of Richmond, allows visitors to
experience modern China without leaving North America. Heralded as a Mecca for all things Asian, the
village beckons with its Hong-Kong inspired malls, five Buddhist Temples and over 350 Asian Restaurants
which offer authentic Far East cuisine. With over 90 parks and green spaces, 80 km of interconnecting
hiking and biking trails, two local fruit wineries to visit and 26 international brand-name hotels to choose
from, it really is all here.

"We are delighted that the Aberdeen Canada Line Station is situated across from our hotel. It will provide
our guests quick and easy access to all that Richmond has to offer and another convenient way to get to
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and from Vancouver International Airport,” said Kathryn Warren, General Manager Radisson Vancouver
Airport Hotel.

While in Richmond, the charming historic fishing village of Steveston, which is not to be missed, is
accessible by bus from the Canada Line. Established in the early 1800s during the fishing cannery boom,
the now picturesque village is a lively family-friendly West Coast attraction. Today, Steveston is a thriving
home to the largest commercial fishing fleet in Canada and two National Historic Sites, the Gulf of Georgia
Cannery and Britannia Shipyard. Must do’s include strolling fisherman’s wharf, whale watching, shopping
the unique boutiques, browsing the Farmer’s and Artisan’s Market or savouring the temptations at dock
side restaurants.

About Tourism Richmond
Tourism Richmond is a non-profit, membership driven destination marketing organization (DMO). The
primary mandate of Tourism Richmond is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and
marketing initiatives and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, Tourism
Richmond’s goal is to increase economic activity related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all
stakeholders. As BC’s 4 largest DMO and Venue City for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Tourism
Richmond is also one of the host tourism destinations that make up the 2010 Tourism Consortium
partnership created to coordinate the overall Games plan for the BC and Canadian tourism industry.

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Media contact:
Michelle Dunn
Director of Communications
Tourism Richmond
#205 South Tower, 5811 Cooney Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3M1 CANADA
Direct: 604-821-5481 Fax: 604-821-5475

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