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Spotlight: 1 Malaysia Round the World
On March 26, Malaysian Captain James Anthony Tan took off from Langkawi, Malaysia, on a mission to be the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft. His expedition, “1 Malaysia Round the World,” will take him across the Northern Hemisphere, visiting 20 countries with 30 scheduled stops, including a seven-city tour in the U.S. and Canada in mid-April. Through his expedition, Tan, 21, wants to inspire the world’s youth to explore the world. Having been born with dyslexia, he also wishes to raise awareness on the issues faced by children with special needs and empower them to chase their own dreams, no matter how impossible they may seem. For more information on “1 Malaysia Round the World” and to track Tan’s journey, visit
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Photographer’s at Painter’s Lodge, BC
Photographers of all ages and skill-levels will gather at Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River to join some of Western Canada’s premier professional photographers for workshops, discussions and hands-on demonstrations amid some of BC’s most beautiful scenery at the 8th annual Photographers at Painter’s, May 3-5, 2013. The weekend offers two nights accommodation at the oceanfront Painter's Lodge, two full days of workshops, demonstrations, and panel discussions, as well as entrance into the photography gallery, two brunches, plus a wine and cheese reception with the photographers starting at $329 per person. Day passes are also available. Read more>>

Discover the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre by Sea Kayak This Summer
Tofino Expeditions, a company that has been offering commercial sea kayaking tours since 1988, announces a new sea kayaking tour of Italy that offers an unparalleled look at Cinque Terra National Park and the Italian Riviera. This tour includes a locavore experience of Liguiria's famous gastronomic and wine culture as well as intimate access to breathtaking landscapes. With a trip length of 5 days, the tour is a great add-on to an Italian summer vacation. Read more>>
End to End to End MS: Cycling Highway 93, From Wickenburg, Arizona to Jasper, Alberta
Jasper Fire Chief Greg Van Tighem likes a challenge. After raising $145,000 for MS research, he’s decided to step up his game. Van Tighem’s new goal? To bike the length of Highway 93 – from Wickenburg, Arizona to Jasper, Alberta – in only three weeks. And he wants to raise $93,000 to help end MS along the way, so his journey is dubbed the End to End to End MS. Van Tighem’s journey begins on April 22, 2013, in Wickenburg. Read more>>

Have a Whale of a Time at Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino
April is prime whale watching season along British Columbia’s West Coast, when 20,000 grey whales migrate to their northerly feeding grounds, joining countless orcas, humpbacks and dolphins in the waters off Vancouver Island. The Wickaninnish Inn’s prime location on their migration path makes the property a great place to launch an unforgettable whale-watching excursion. Not only does the Inn offer luxurious ocean views along the West Coast, but the Inn’s Les Clefs d’Or concierge and his team are the region’s best experts in creating a customized nature tour for each guest. Read more>>

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London and Prague
New York-based travel and food writer heading to London and then Prague is looking to connect with PRs in the food and beverage realm. Interested PRs, read more>>

Yoga Retreats
A group of three journalists doing features on Yoga Retreats is seeking a European Yoga Retreat for seven days in June. Interested PRs, read more>>

North Carolina: Freestyle Kayaking US Team Trials
Freestyle Kayaking US Team Trials, Bryson City and Nantahala River, North Carolina. Swain County Chamber of Commerce invites media to experience the Freestyle Kayaking US Team Trials in Bryson City and Nantahala River, April 26-28. Meet top freestyle paddlers and preview the venue for the year’s main event, the Freestyle Kayaking World Championships in September. Read more>>

LGBT Trip: Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, BC
North American journalists with assignments from high-circulation LGBT publications are invited to experience Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast, BC, May 17 – 22, to learn about BC’s gay-focused activities and city-wide celebrations.  Read more>>

Assignment Desk
Writer will be traveling to Baltimore later this month covering historic and cultural stops along with the lovely waterfront. Interested Editors, read more>>

New Orleans French Quarter Festival + New Orleans Jazz Festival
Journalist traveling to New Orleans, to attend the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival, is available to interview musicians, organizers, and write a first-person account of the proceedings. Interested Editors, read more>>

The Media Kitty team is off to New York next week to attend Canada Media Marketplace, the Canadian Tourism Commission’s annual US networking event. If you are also planning on attending – say hello!

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We are pleased to welcome a new Wild Cat to our network, Jeff Bartlett with Tourism Jasper. Located in Alberta, Jasper National Park comprises 11,000 km of Rocky Mountain wilderness. While famous for its wild setting, Jasper is also home to a full service town of 5,000 with 2 million annual visitors. Love its twitter handle too: @JasperThaBear. Welcome, Jeff!

If you would like to learn more about the service, please give me a call on 866 45 kitty.

Happy travels,
Morgan Sommerville
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Aly holds several posts including managing editor  at, senior editor for,  and is a style and travel columnist for -- one of the premier women's networks with over 40 million visitors monthly - and a contributor to many online publications, such as Huffington Post, CELEBUZZ, StyleUnited,,, and more as well as print outlets such as Z-Life, Relate Magazine, The New York Resident, The Network Journal, HOOTERS Magazine, and New Beauty.
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