Tourism Partnership Will “Invite the World” to Vancouver in Lead Up to 2010

Invite the WorldThe City of Vancouver and Tourism Vancouver today announced their plans to initiate an “Invite the World” multilingual campaign in the lead up to 2010. Mayor Sam Sullivan and Tourism Vancouver President & CEO Rick Antonson introduced the new initiative today at City Hall.

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“This tourism campaign provides Vancouver residents with a direct opportunity to be part of the excitement associated with hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said Mayor Sullivan. “I want to thank Tourism Vancouver for their partnership and all they are doing to help us maximize the opportunities associated with 2010.”

Invite the World encourages Vancouver residents to send email postcards to friends and relatives in countries around the world and across Canada – inviting them to visit Vancouver in the lead up to 2010.

The postcards are available at They showcase Vancouver attractions, arts and culture and events with multilingual video messages from Mayor Sullivan (English, Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese & French).

“This community participation and innovation will help promote Vancouver as one of the best tourism destinations in the world,” said Tourism Vancouver President & CEO Rick Antonson. “Using technology, we can profile various cultural, community, sports and arts events as a timely motivation to visit.”

“This campaign provides a creative way to build international awareness of Vancouver as Host City for the 2010 Winter Games,” said John Furlong, VANOC CEO. “The Games will bring many lasting economic and social benefits to the city and this initiative is a wonderful way to stimulate visitation and tourism to the area. It also offers residents a way to personally ‘invite the world’ to come celebrate with us leading up to 2010.”

Monthly 2010 merchandise prize packages can be won by participating residents.