Around the Airport in 80 Days

June 23, 2011

Vancouver Airport Authority Launches Unique Contest to Select a Live@YVR
Correspondent to Live, Eat and Sleep at YVR for 80 Days

To view the Social Media Release, click here: http://smr.newswire.ca/en/vancouver-port-authority/around-the-airport-in-80-days

RICHMOND, BC, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Vancouver Airport Authority is on
the lookout for an awesome storyteller who’s got what it takes to come
live at YVR for 80 days and 80 nights and tell the unique, interesting
and little-known stories of Canada’s second largest airport. The only
catch: the special correspondent can’t leave YVR and its Sea Island
home for the entire duration of the gig, which begins on the heels of
YVR’s 80th anniversary on July 22, 2011.

That’s right, the Live@YVR assignment focuses on covering the unique
people, places and stories that make the airport so unusual – from the
midnight cargo flight full of blueberries to the mid-afternoon cleaning
of an aquarium that’s home to a pair of breeding wolf eels.

“We know that nearly 90 per cent of Metro Vancouver residents come to
YVR at least once a year, but most of those people only get a very
superficial view of what happens here,” said Rebecca Catley, Director
of Communications for Vancouver Airport Authority. “We’re looking
forward to welcoming a special kind of storyteller who will become
immersed in fascinating airport stories and share them with the world.
YVR is a small city: with 23,600 people working here — from emergency
responders to environmental specialists — the stories are endless and
we hope people will tune in to find out more about their airport.” 

The contest launches today and is open to residents of B.C. Prospective
correspondents will submit a video online that highlights their
storytelling savvy. After a shortlist of finalists is chosen, the
public will have the opportunity to vote its favourite applicant onto
Sea Island, where he or she will begin an 80-day assignment on August
17, 2011. The correspondent will sleep at The Fairmont Vancouver
Airport Hotel, live in the YVR community and experience its shops,
services and restaurants. He or she will receive a living allowance
during the 80 days at YVR and an honorarium upon completion.

The Live@YVR correspondent will be equipped with a camera and editing
equipment and will act as an all-in-one producer, director, reporter,
editor and post-production supervisor. He or she will uncover stories
and share the triumphs – and trials – of living at an airport full time
on liveatYVR.ca, Facebook and Twitter.

“When we heard about this idea we wanted to be a part of it,” said Craig
Reaume, General Manager of The Fairmont Vancouver Airport. “The
Fairmont Vancouver Airport is one of the many special features at YVR
for locals and visitors alike to experience, and we’re excited to
highlight our unique and unexpected stories as part of Live@YVR.”

Here’s how the program works:

        --  From June 23- July 18, 2011, video applications from potential
            candidates will be accepted at liveatYVR.ca, with entries
            available for public viewing.
        --  Once the application process closes, a panel of judges will
            identify a short list, and the public will vote on the winner
            in early July.
        --  The winner will be announced -- and start his or her
            80-day adventure -- on August 17, 2011.
        --  The winner will live at the airport for 80 days and 80 nights
            to share the stories of YVR with the world on

For more information, visit liveatYVR.ca.

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, Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
served 16.8 million passengers in 2010 and handled more than 293,000
aircraft landings and take-offs. Sixty-eight airlines serve YVR,
connecting people and businesses to 121 destinations in Canada, the
U.S. and around the world. The Airport Authority is committed to creating an airport that British
Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic
generator and community contributor.

About The Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
The Fairmont Vancouver Airport will be a luxury “home away from home”
for Live@YVR’s correspondent with floor-to-ceiling views of the
runways, fully soundproofed rooms, the award-winning Globe@YVR
restaurant and Jetside Bar, plus a full-service day spa and health
club. www.fairmont.com/vancouverairport

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SOURCE Vancouver Airport Authority

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