Put yourself in the middle of the action next time you visit British Columbia. All three of the movies in the “Descendants” global franchise were filmed in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Fans can snap selfies with popular characters, unlock clips from “Descendants 3” played against the back-drop of where they were actually filmed, and complete exciting missions.

The first-of-its-kind self-guided adventure was built by Vancouver-based AR/VR company QuestUpon and created by Tourism Vancouver and Disney Channel. Visit the App Store and Google Play and download the free QuestUpon app. Then, select Disney “Descendants 3” in Vancouver.

The AR adventure encourages fans to visit key filming sites, such as Britannia Mine Museum and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Hatley Castle and the BC Parliament Buildings on Vancouver Island. You can use your phone to unlock site-specific film clips, movie- and tourism-inspired trivia, scavenger hunt-style missions, and AR animations, such as a formidable dragon and avatars of fan favorites, including Mal, Evie, Audrey and Uma.

Vancouver, B.C., is a Hollywood favorite. The city has become a sci-fi and fantasy hub. Small-screen fan favorites shot in Vancouver include “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Supernatural,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Arrow” and “The Flash,” as well as old-school series spanning the range of “21 Jump Street” to “MacGyver.” 

Washington’s Vancouver Waterfront development project will be getting a big boost this summer with the opening of two long-awaited hotels. The 138-room Hotel Indigo is scheduled to open in late June or early July while the 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott is looking to make its debut on June 15 at the Port of Vancouver’s adjacent Terminal 1. A 10-story condominium building, Residences at Kirkland Tower, is planning an October opening and will be attached to Hotel Indigo.

 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers.