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Dauphin the place to be, says Expedia


Dauphin made the Expedia 19 best places to travel in the world in 2019 list.
Expedia is an online travel agency booking airline tickets, hotel reservations, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages and various attractions and services.
The company made note of the rolling green hills of the Parkland, plus Dauphin’s Countryfest 30th anniversary celebrations, the Manitoba Mudrun and the Vermillion River Walking Trail.
Melisa Stefaniw, marketing director for Dauphin Economic Development and Tourism, is pleased Dauphin received recognition from a brand like Expedia.
“They’re internationally recognized, they’re a trustworthy source and this is a user-generated vote that they took, so there is some validity to it,” she explained.
The company polled 1,000 Canadians for recommendations on where travellers should visit in 2019.
Stefaniw admitted she would have preferred to see the north escarpment featured, which is one of the key geographic elements of the area.
“I think that truly defines our area, being only five minutes away from a national park. And it is one of the few places in the prairies that has the elevation that it does,” Stefaniw said.
“So it’s disappointing that it wasn’t in the picture, but on the other hand, the picture is vibrant, beautiful and truly represents the colour and imagination that exists on the prairies.”
Manitoba was well represented with Brandon also making the list.
The best places to travel in the world in 2019 list included five other provinces, such as Gulf Islands and Harrison Hot Springs, BC; Pincher Creek and Calgary, Alta.; Montreal, Que.; Bathurst, NB; Deer Lake, Nfld./Lab.; Cape Breton, NS; and Toronto, Stratford and Chatham-Kent, in Ontario.
According to Expedia, numerous respondents recommended travelling within Canada and sights in Manitoba were suggested more often than in the past.
Stefaniw always like to remind locals Dauphin is a gem in Canada.
“I moved here years ago and I stayed for a reason. After living in various areas around the country I think Dauphin has a lot to offer and I think we should be proud of it,” she added.
International destinations on the list included Solana Beach, California; Bogota, Colombia; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Las Vega, Nevada; Hope Town, Bahamas; and Tuscany, Italy.
Look for the list at expedia.ca/travelblog/canadians-choose-the-best-places-to-visit-this-year/#.

M. A. Nyquist