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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

Richmond, B.C. (June 23, 2011): 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 the80 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.caFacebook 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 atYVR 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 liveatYVR.ca.

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

For further information:
Media Relations
Vancouver Airport Authority
604.880.9815; media_relations@yvr.ca

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