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YVR Proudly Premieres B.C. Showcase Films That Will Welcome the World in 2010

September 28, 2009

September 28, 2009 - 10:00 AM

For 15 British Columbia film makers and their communities, it's the chance to be seen by millions of viewers. Today, Vancouver Airport Authority premiered 15 films commissioned to showcase the province's diverse regions and help welcome the world to British Columbia in 2010.

In June, 2009, Vancouver Airport Authority presented each community with $10,000, and filmmakers were selected with help from local Spirit of B.C. Community Committees.

The 15 three-minute films were screened for the first time today before a crowd of community dignitaries. The films will play on select video screens throughout YVR and online at www.yvrconnections.com leading up to - and during - the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games period.

"YVR will be the first place visitors experience when they arrive in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Games, so we feel the Airport Authority has a special responsibility to showcase the various regions of our province," said Paul Levy, Vice President, Planning 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Vancouver Airport Authority. "Our goal is to provide a glimpse of what other areas of the province have to offer; we believe that once visitors know more about the beautiful and unique communities in B.C., they'll be tempted to come back and visit."

The 15 B.C. communities that participated in the program all have direct flights to and from YVR: Campbell River, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Penticton, Port Hardy, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Terrace, Tofino, Victoria and Williams Lake.

The productions will provide exceptional exposure for each community participating in the program. YVR expects to welcome more than 17 million passengers in 2010, with an additional 200,000 passengers travelling through YVR in February and March for the 2010 Winter Games. As many as 80,000 passengers will travel through the airport on peak days during that time.

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada¿s second busiest airport, YVR welcomed 17.9 million people in 2008, and is the Official Airport of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 70 airlines serve YVR, including scheduled carriers, charters, code share and cargo carriers which connect travellers to more than 130 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

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For more information:
YVR Media Relations
media_relations@yvr.ca
604.880.9815

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