Bachelorette Episode Spurs Interest in Vancouver

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Within hours of the show finishing, interest for our fair city went to new levels. This just after one episode of The Bachelorette that features the lovely Vancouverite Jillian Harris. Here is the full article at The Vancouver Sun.Here are some of the notable quotes:

Aritzia, the Vancouver fashion store that supplied Harris with many of her outfits – including the officially-licensed Olympic hoodie – is under seige. It won’t have the hoodie in stock until fall, but it’s already getting calls from women wanting to know when, where and how much.

Parts of the episode were shot at Granville Island, on Grouse Mountain, in Vancouver harbour, at the Hotel Vancouver and at the curling club. Throughout, there were nearly a dozen references to the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

“We’re just amazed at the response so far,” said Amber Sessions, a spokeswoman with Tourism Vancouver, which arranged the local services. She doesn’t yet know how much the show will help the city’s struggling tourism providers.

With tourism still suffering from the recession, the owners of the Pacific Yellowfin, a 115-foot vintage wooden vessel that toured Harris and her 13 suitors around the harbour, and Exposure Travel, which organized a dinner, couldn’t be happier with the show.

“You know, in the last day we’ve gotten inquiries from as far away as Miami, Kansas, Omaha and Seattle,” said Colin Griffinson, one of two owners of the Yellowfin. “I got an email from a major broker on the east coast who said he had no idea Vancouver was so beautiful and that he had to come out and see us. You can’t buy that kind of interest.”

Nick Gudewill, the founding partner of Exposure, an adventure travel company, said he’s received lots of email looking for information, and expects to do better business this summer despite the soft economy.

This is what I’ve been saying all along, if people only knew the true beauty of this city, they will fall in love with it. Oh and yes I know we have a homelessness issue, but guess what we are not alone on that department.

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