Richmond, B.C., CANADA (June 4, 2014) - Tourism Richmond's highly anticipated Richmond Play For Free promotion is back. Starting now, visitors who book three consecutive nights at one of the 17 participating hotels in Richmond, BC, for stays from June 15 to September 15, 2014, will receive a free Metro Vancouver Attractions Access Pass for a family of up to four people per room booked - valued at over $800. Book online at www.richmondplayforfree.com.

A thriving multicultural destination city where the Far East meets the Canadian West Coast, Richmond is located next door to Vancouver and only 25 minutes south of the downtown core via the clean, safe and reliable Canada Line rapid transit system or by car. Richmond, known for its authentic Asian food and the summertime Asian outdoor night markets, boasts all the urban amenities - fine dining, shopping, museums, galleries, wineries, theatre, festivals and Western Canada's largest casino resort - surrounded by scenic seaside trails, 247 active farms and endless opportunities for outdoor activities.

Here are five reasons to book a summer vacation in Richmond, BC:

Reason 1: Free admission to 10 of Metro Vancouver's top attractions
The Metro Vancouver Attractions Access Pass offers huge savings. A family of four will save over $800 with free admission to 10 of Metro Vancouver's top attractions: Science World at Telus World of ScienceCapilano Suspension Bridge Park, the Vancouver Art GalleryStanley Park Horse-Drawn ToursHarbour Cruises, the Vancouver LookoutDr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Hell's Gate Airtram, the Burnaby Village Museum and Richmond's Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.

Reason 2: Bonus offers to see more of Richmond
Richmond's many attractions are also not to be missed, and the Richmond Play For Free promotion bonus offers make it easy to see more. Prime time for Ocra whale spotting is now until October, and for Attractions Pass holders, whale-watching excursions are 15 per cent off at the city's two whale watching outfitters - Vancouver Whale Watch and Steveston Seabreeze Adventures - both offering twice-daily departures out of Steveston all summer long. In addition, visitors receive 20 per cent off at Watermania, an award-winning wave pool and waterslide complex and more!

Reason 3: Affordable, accessible brand-name hotels
Home to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Richmond boasts 17 affordable brand name hotels offering Richmond Play For Free promotion rates starting as low as $109.00 per night. While out exploring the top Metro Vancouver attractions, visitors can also save money on expensive downtown parking by leaving their car at the Bridgeport Station Park & Ride or at their hotel and taking the Canada Line SkyTrain into Vancouver - 13 of the participating hotels are located within walking distance of a transit station.

Reason 4: The best Chinese food outside of China
After all that sightseeing and adventure seeking, indulge in Richmond's world-class cuisine. From fresh seafood in seaside Steveston to fine-dining hotel restaurants and some of the world's best Chinese food, there are plenty of options. Richmond's also home to two wildly popular and critically acclaimed Asian-style night markets - the International Summer Night Market and the Richmond Night Market - where the main draw is the delicious, authentic Asian street food. For the inside scoop on Richmond's delicious food scene visit the blog www.365daysofdining.com.

Reason 5: A shop and stay getaway
Find everything here from boutique brands to mass-market retailers. In the Golden Village, shopping takes on a distinctly Asian twist and may include a visit to a Chinese herbalist, trying the latest fashions from Taipei, or stocking up on $2 items at Canada's only Daiso store - the Japanese version of a supersized dollar store. Tucked away in charming Steveston are home décor and gift shops, jewelry stores, galleries, and niche products ranging from maritime gadgets to kids toys. There's also the Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market held bi-weekly on Sundays all summer long.

For full details visit www.richmondplayforfree.com.

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About Tourism Richmond
Tourism Richmond is a non-profit, membership driven destination marketing organization (DMO) whose primary mandate is to enhance awareness about the destination through sales and marketing initiatives and by providing excellent visitor and member services. Ultimately, Tourism Richmond's goal is to increase economic wealth related to tourism for the City of Richmond and all stakeholders. Tourism Richmond is British Columbia's fourth largest DMO and a former Venue City for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Media contact:

Michelle Dunn
Director of Communications
Tourism Richmond
Direct: 604-821-5481
Cell: 778-822-5481
Email: mdunn@tourismrichmond.com