Rick Antonson

Rick Antonson


Rick Antonson was president & CEO of Tourism Vancouver for two decades. He served as chair of Destinations International (based in Washington, DC), and vice chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (based in Bangkok).

Rick was at the helm of Tourism Vancouver when they launched the bid to bring the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to Vancouver and Whistler. He also collaborated with community leaders initiating the Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Task Force, resulting in Tourism Vancouver’s $90 million investment as the industry funding partner with the federal and provincial governments in the new centre.

Today Rick is a full time author. The New York Times noted his Route 66 Still Kicks; Driving America’s Main Street as “One of the best books of the bunch” in their Christmas book roundup. The Chicago Tribune called his To Timbuktu for a Haircut; A Journey Through West Africa a “travel classic.” An inveterate traveller, visiting places as varied as Iraq, Belarus and North Korea, Rick’s Walking With Ghosts in Papua New Guinea; Crossing the Kokoda Trail in the Last Wild Place on Earth was just released. His 8th book will be published in September 2020, titled: Train Beyond the Mountains; Journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer.

Wednesday, March 4, 1:45 pm – 2:30 pm – Power Plenary Panel – How the Games Changed BC’S Tourism Industry

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