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.” 

Northwest planners looking to take advantage of the experiential travel trend need look no further than Victoria, British Columbia, for their next meeting or event. Located on Vancouver Island, the provincial capital is a natural playground with boundless beauty, upscale comforts and casual elegance. “We know that organizations are looking for meetings and incentive travel options that can’t be replicated,” says Miranda Ji, vice president of sales for the Victoria Conference Centre and Business Events Victoria.

 

Located in Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn and Spa is offering some new team-building options for meeting planners. Experiences include:

» Smith Teas Tasting: Claire Boyer, Smith Teamaker’s head of education, offers a hands-on class uncovering the exotic world of tea.

» Lotion Blending: Awaken the senses and heighten creativity with a hands-on lotion and essential oil-blending workshop.

 

The International Floral Distributors each year teams up with Produce Marketing Association and a designer to create the “Flower Trends Forecast.” For 2020, the organization enlisted Helen Miller, AIFD, CAFA, CF, and Derek Woodruff, AIFD, CFD, CF, PFCI, AAF. Miller owns Flowers & Such in Adrian, Michigan. Her work has been showcased in publications such as Floral Management, Florists Review, and The Knot.