|"Paint by Numbers" view of Vancouver|
|The real thing, on the Vancouver waterfront|
BC Tourism, which has a $65 million budget for tourism promotion and an inviting web site, HelloBC.com, brought its road show to Seattle this week for an "interactive" afternoon with travel writers. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Assoiciation, for example, featured chef Dana Ewart of Joy Road Catering to make strawberry-rhubarb tartelettes. (We wrote about Chef Dana last year in a post about the Okanagan wine country.) Tourism Victoria featured its most exciting new product, Victoria Gin, infused with tea from Silk Road Tea. Tourism Richmond had lots of stories about its new food blogger, Lindsay Anderson, who's going to write a post a day for a year about Richmond's vibrant restaurant scene. Tourism Vancouver asked the travel writers to help paint its photogenic harbor. Oops, sorry, harbour. See you soon in Canada!