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Student-led podcast contributes knowledge to world tourism day

VANCOUVER, September 24, 2018 – PATA Canada Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter is celebrating World Tourism Day on 27 September by launching PATA Cap U Podcast, a free audio show that discusses innovative topics in the tourism industry.

Each episode will feature an interview with a tourism professional to learn more about different sectors of travel, including new developments and how the industry can be expected to change in the next few years. In the inaugural episode of PATA Cap U Podcast, student hosts, Shaun McGrath, Jennifer Vaughan, and Carma Chan, speak with Bjorn Harvold, Co-Founder of Travelkoin and Traveliko, and discuss how he plans to revolutionize the travel industry with disruptive technologies, such as blockchain.

Podcast episodes of approximately 30 minutes will be released onto the student chapter’s new website,, on a regular schedule. Local and international tourism professionals are invited to participate in this ongoing project by sharing their wisdoms and insights on future podcast episodes.

PATA Cananda Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter was established in March 2017 and is honoured to receive the PATA Student Chapter Award of Excellence 2018 for achievements from its first year. This initiative is made possible through the technical support of fellow classmates at the campus’ Capilano Radio Club.

For more information, please contact Chairman Shaun McGrath at

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First year of PATA Canada Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter finishes with tremendous success!

VANCOUVER, July 16, 2018 – First year of PATA Canada Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter finishes with tremendous success!

Members organized several events throughout the year, including a sustainability themed World Tourism Day with guest speaker Gwendal Castellan, Sustainable Destination Development Specialist for Tourism Vancouver. Later this year, international youth volunteers from around the world arrived in Vancouver, through Lattitude Global Volunteering. They were welcomed and guided around Vancouver by the PATA Student Chapter. Through partnerships with Shoreline Cleanup Program of Vancouver Aquarium and Keep Vancouver Spectacular, over half a dozen bags of garbage was removed from the grass and beach shorelines of Crab Park.

The highlight of the year was inviting local high school students, studying tourism, from across Metro Vancouver to the Capilano University campus. They participated in the first PATA Student Chapter High School Case Competition, which focused on creative ways to mitigate overtourism through visitor dispersal. Prizes were sponsored by Westcoast Sightseeing, Landsea Tours, Harbour Air, and Capilano Suspension Bridge. Judges from local tourism organizations, including TIABC, go2HR, Connect 7 Group, and Capilano University Tourism Management department provided experience-based mentorship to the competition’s young participants.

PATA Canada Vancouver Capilano University Student Chapter will strive to maintain a high standard throughout its second year by continuously learning, collaborating, and innovating.

For more information about the PATA Student Chapter’s activities, please contact Chairman Shaun McGrath at