Puerto Vallarta’s majestic Sierra Madre, blue Bay of Banderas and iconic Malecon will provide the perfect background of mountain-meets-sea for the first edition of the urban bicycle race, Down Puerto Vallarta 2017, taking place from April 30 to May 1st. Announced this Friday by Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board Director, Agustín Álvarez Valdivia, the race has three categories: Downhill, Slopestyle y Freestyle and will bring participants from the Sierra Madre’s La Cruz to the Malecon in a panoramic 900 meter long speedway.

“Although Puerto Vallarta is well known for its beaches, gastronomy and hotels, we are also a contemporary destination that attracts top productions that attract all of our niche markets with outdoor sports being a natural segment for us,” Said Alvarez Valdivia. “Downhill Puerto Vallarta will combine the spectacular scenery of the destination with one of the most innovative activities in the urban sports market resulting in a unique event in the international scene.”

Puerto Vallarta is expecting over 20 thousand visitors to arrive the weekend of May 1 when the race will take place, this will include more than 40 downhill participants, trainers, family members and officials.

In addition to an increase in hotel occupancy, the destination is also expected to increase its coverage and presence in sports-focused media such as Fox Sports and ESPN which have already confirmed coverage of the race.

Additional information on Puerto Vallarta is available at www.visitpuertovallarta.com

Lucky is the visitor who is in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, the city’s biggest and most colourful festival! From 22 January to 12 February it will be impossible not to be caught up in the excitement … festive markets brim with auspicious foods and exquisite flowers, temples are crowded as prayers for good fortune are offered, the city is adorned with shock-red banners and lanterns, there are traditional performances and images of the New Year’s symbol – this year the rooster – will be everywhere. And then, on the big night itself there’s the much-anticipated Night Parade followed by one of the world’s most spectacular fireworks displays.




In spite of its modern world-city status, Hong Kong is deeply traditional, so it comes as no surprise that the city’s New Year celebrations are like no other. Preparing for and celebrating Chinese New Year is especially rich with ancient rituals and customs. During Chinese New Year, locals gather in temples to give thanks for the past year and pray for good fortune for the new one. And of course visitors are most welcome to join them. Food is an essential part of any celebration in Hong Kong, and Chinese New Year is no exception. Traditional foods carry special meanings and are believed to bring ‘prosperity’, ‘good business’, ‘luck’ and ‘reunion’. And of course visitors are most welcome to share and sample these foods with the locals … restaurants and hotels will soon be busy preparing their special offerings.

The new year season also brings heart-pounding horse races, which are so popular with Hong Kong residents. Again visitors are more than welcome at the track. Who knows, some of that prayed-for good fortune may be realised!

To encourage visitors to explore Hong Kong and its unique culture in depth, the HKTB has shortlisted 20 auspicious attractions around the city to help them spend Chinese New Year like a local and experience the characteristics of different districts. http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/chinese-new-year-celebrations.jsp

The excitement all over town is palpable during the New Year period, but there’s no denying the highlight is the ‘big night’ itself … this year falling on 28 January. That is when the 2017 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade, now in its 22nd year, will take place, marking the official beginning of the Year of the Rooster. This year’s theme will be “Best Fortune. World Party” and those four little words sum the event up perfectly … fortunate are those who are there (with, it is hoped, good fortune in the coming year) at a world-class party.

The parade will feature spectacular floats and world-class performers. For almost two hours from 8 p.m. there will be music, singing and dancing to entertain both Hong Kong residents and tourists from all over the world. Starting from the Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui the parade will move along Canton Road, Haiphong Road, Nathan Road and Salisbury Road, to end outside the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel and Towers.  Along the way there will be fun-filled street parties.

Performers will include local and international talents, including stirring marching bands, dextrous cheerleaders, beautiful dance troupes and roving costumed characters to greet the crowds.  New to the parade will be the amazing “Wheelartistics Wuppertal” from Germany, the world-class marching band “Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps” from the USA and the extraordinary dance group known as “Giant Flowers and Butterflies” from France.

Then, when it seems as though it’s all over, it’s not all over at all.  Folks will be gathering all around Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbour to witness a most spectacular firework display. What location could be finer … with The Peak and Hong Kong’s glittering sky-scrapers as back drop and the dark waters of the harbour to reflect the dazzling fireworks all spectators are sure to agree: Hong Kong really is Asia’s World City, especially at Chinese New Year. Welcome to the Year of the Rooster! Check out more on http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/chinese-new-year-celebrations.jsp.

Switzerland just knows how to do winter right!

Whether or not you ski, you’ll love the ski resorts and the beauty of the snow-covered mountains with all the “apres-ski” activities to keep you warm and happy. One of the areas that’s fantastic for skiing or snow-shoe hiking is the area of Jungfrau.

Approached by rail from Grindelwald, Jungfraujoch is a UNESCO world heritage destination offered by the cogwheel trains of Jungfrau Railway. Much of the 12 kilometer journey to the Top of Europe goes through mountains, where there are two stops to view the scenery. At the top, a lookout station provides amazing mountain vistas.

Amenities at Jungfraujoch include restaurants and an Ice Palace, surrounded by skiing & hiking opportunities.

A world class city, Toronto brims with things to do, and novel things to see. Here is a list, with a link at the end to discover more.

Throughout 2016.

One of Toronto’s most beloved installations is staying for 2016. The illuminated 3D TORONTO sign, originally installed as part of the Pan American Games in 2015, was such a hit with residents and visitors that it’s remaining for 2016. See it in Nathan Phillips Square in front of City Hall in all its multicolour splendour during the day, or lit up in various dramatic ways when night falls.

June 2016.

Launching June 1, Pride Month in Toronto will feature extended programming and provocative events throughout the city, culminating in the 10-day Pride Toronto festival, June 24 to July 3, 2016. The annual celebration of LGBT pride includes events tailored to all types – parades, seminars and parties – and is bigger and more fabulous than ever this year.


June 2016.

A Toronto landmark and engineering wonder when it opened in 1976, the CN Tower has since made its way into the hearts and photos of the 1.5 million people who visit each year. On June 26, look up, look way up and expect a spectacular show.


June 15 to 19, 2016.

An essential gathering spot for artists, industry professionals and fans, North by Northeast has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners, for music filmmakers and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts.


July 2 to September 11, 2016.

Curated by the popular comedian, musician and actor Steve Martin, The Idea of North is being mounted in Los Angeles and Boston before coming to Toronto. At the core of this show are more than 30 of Harris’s most significant and stunning northern landscapes drawn from major public and private collections across Canada.


July 2016.

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical – winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards – starts its highly-anticipated run in Toronto this summer.
July 8 to 24, 2016.

Savour Summerlicious, the two-week long gastronomic romp through more than 200 of the Toronto region’s finest restaurants, with cuisine as diverse as the people that populate the city.
September 8 to 18, 2016.

The biggest and brightest public film festival on the planet, TIFF energizes Toronto every year with world premieres, galas, shmoozes and parties. Whether you’re a cinephile or just love to see the celebs, TIFF is the place to be.


September 2016.

Over 150 of the top players in the NHL are coming to Toronto September 17 to October 1 to face off in what promises to be one of the most competitive, highly skilled hockey tournaments in the history of the sport. Air Canada Centre will see players from eight teams competing in this best-on-best international hockey championship.


November 2016.

Canada’s largest single day sporting event comes to Toronto as the championship game of the Canadian Football League will be played at the renovated BMO Field on November 27. The multi-day festival that precedes the event is the country’s best known celebration.


December 2016 to January 2017.

Join Torontonians as they cheer on Canada’s National Junior Team or root for one of the 9 other national teams from around the world. Co-hosted by Toronto (at Air Canada Centre) and Montreal, the 2017 Championship is a chance to see the sport played at the highest calibre.


Visit our annual events page or calendar of events for all the exciting goings on.

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