Happiness, noted cartoonist Charles Schulz, is a warm puppy. To bring a little of that wetnosed joy to its travelers—and relieve much of the stress associated with airport travel— Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has launched its Less Airport Stress Initiative (LASI). The innovative program places YVR Ambassador Dogs throughout the terminal to interact with visitors and make their airport experience a little brighter.

YVR partnered with St. John Ambulance and their therapy dog program to provide seven dogs for LASI. The YVR Ambassador Dogs are accompanied by a dog handler and YVR Green Coat Volunteer, and are easily identifiable with their YVR-branded leashes and St. John Ambulance bandanas. So next time you’re dreading traffic, airport security checks and delays, just think about how you’ll also be able to spend a little quality puppy petting time, preboarding. If that doesn’t get you to the airport on time, nothing will. 

A Planner’s Muse

 

Sample this recipe from the 2018 home of TED: the Vancouver Convention Centre.

 

The industry came together at The Foundry by Herban Feast on Oct. 19, 2017, for our Best of 2017 readers’ choice awards. In addition to great music and food, beer tastings, and candid photo booth snapshots, Northwest Meetings + Events raised approximately $900 for the SEARCH Foundation through a silent auction. The evening was capped off with our awards ceremony presided over by emcee Ron Hippe.