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Explore Gold Country Visitor Guides are hot off the presses! This Guide is brimming with activities, history and attractions in the Gold Country Area. An excellent trip planning resource, this guide is available to order from gobrochures.com or just drop us an email! info@exploregoldcountry.com

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The Luxury Travel Guide is pleased to announce that Grape Escapes Wine Tours & Wine School has won Wine Specialist of the Year in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards. The Luxury Travel Global Awards program selects winners based on their achievements and strengths in the travel industry. After receiving an overwhelming number of […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

No Question…the world is coming …are we ready? This past week Rendezvous Canada took place in Montreal, Quebec. Rendezvous is the largest International Travel Trade Show hosted in Canada bringing buyers from all over the world seeking Canadian Travel Experiences to sell to their consumers. The format is speed meetings during the day followed by […]

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Sparkling Hill Serenity Room

Have a spontaneous fling with spring book our Special May Rate starting at $249 per night! Set your stress free, rest and recharge with Sparkling Hill Resort! All stays include Daily: Hot European Buffet Breakfast for Two in PeakFine Restaurant Access to KurSpa (40,000 sq.ft.) including: 7 uniquely themed steams and saunas Tea & Serenity […]

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We are excited to be sharing with you the details for the 2016 TOTA Annual Golf Tournament: Date: September 1st, 2016 Time: Shotgun Start 1.30pm Location: The Okanagan Golf Club, Bear Course Tournament website, registration details and sponsorship opportunities will be launched mid May. The 2016 TOTA Golf Tournament is for the 2nd year being […]

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS for TIABC’s AGM and Summit which takes place from May 24 to 26 at beautiful Sun Peaks in the amazing Thompson Okanagan. It’s our industry’s only all-provincial tourism gathering of 2016 which is not to be missed. Click HERE to register! Register for TIABC’s AGM & Summit for your chance to win the grand prize […]

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Photo: Okanagan Archive Trust Society/Hugo Redivo collection The PenMar as it looked in the 1960s.

After months of trying to save the old PenMar Theatre and turn it into the Valley First Community Arts Theatre, the battle has been lost. Encore Vineyards Ltd. announced today that it has purchased the former PenMar Theatre Complex (361 Martin Street) and will be transforming it into an urban winery, the first in the South […]

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Thompson Okanagan Connector Visitor Centre

The Thompson Okanagan Connector Visitor Centre, located on Highway 97c is getting a long overdue facelift! In December, TOTA applied for funds through Destination BC’s 2016 Innovation Fund improve overall accessibility within the centre. This project included the replacement of the Visitor Centre’s glass entrance doors to include a electronic handicap door opener and to […]

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The Luxury Travel Guide is pleased to announce Vine to Wine Tours has been nominated as a potential winner in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards. Over the past 12 months votes have been collected from individuals and companies worldwide from Travel Guide subscribers, hotel guests, travel agencies and industry experts. Celebrating & rewarding […]

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TOTA, Green Tourism, Global Okanagan

Global Okanagan, Green Tourism Canada and Thompson Okanagan Tourism are excited to be presenting the opportunity to produce a series of Green Tourism 60-second vignettes for TOTA and Destination BC that will be airing on Global Okanagan, with the possibility for additional placement on BC-1 and other Global market stations. The Airtime Schedule and final […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

“Prince”, “The Artist” and/or “The Artist formerly known as Prince” lived by many names but at birth his name was Prince Rogers Nelson and this past week we lost this remarkable artist at the far too young age of 57. Prince wrote over 155 songs from Purple Rain to Nothing Compares 2 U but among […]

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CMM Canada Media Marketplace, TOTA, 2016

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has just completed a three-day Destination Canada Media Marketplace in San Francisco, April 17 – 20. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO and Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist, completed a total of 40 appointments meeting with key USA-based journalists and editors. These appointments are an excellent way to create and strengthen relationships […]

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SUMMIT 2016 is the premier hospitality event in BC, bringing together hotel and private liquor industry thought leaders to share perspectives, insights, and strategies on a fast-changing and dynamic industry. Offering key insights and new strategies for success, highlights of the conference include focused workshops, educational seminars, and networking events. With a Monday, May 9th evening keynote from Ingo Grady, the […]

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Catering to an influx of tourists can take some serious manpower and be a challenge for many businesses year round. The Okanagan, a region popular for wine lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, is facing a serious labour shortage, and it is only going to get worse in the years to come. As part of a weekly series covering […]

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Sparkling Hill Outdoor Swimming Pool

In celebration of our 6th Anniversary book 2-night and receive 25%-off your 2nd night the whole Month of May! Book a 2-night reservation Sunday – Thursday with one of the following 7 rates in May, and receive 25% discount on the 2nd night’s room rate. All rates include: Daily Hot European Buffet Breakfast for Two in PeakFine Restaurant Access to KurSpa (40,000 sq.ft.) including: […]

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Feed the Valley has been putting money where the hungry mouth is. The $1 million mark has been passed, a goal Valley First — which spearheads the program — didn’t expect to reach until 2020. Valley First president Paulette Rennie made the announcement at the Central Okanagan Food Bank in Kelowna on Tuesday. She explained that six years ago, […]

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Photo Credit: McKinley Burkart.

The landscape of downtown Kelowna may be changing dramatically. The Paramount Theatre, which has been a mainstay on Bernard Avenue in Kelowna since 1949, recently closed and changes are already upon it. The owner Ronmor Developers had their architect McKinley Burkart propose a design plan to the City of Kelowna at the beginning of March […]

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A new gym opened its doors with a party that packed the house Saturday night (April 16) in Kelowna. gneiss climbing was selling pre-sale memberships last week but is now officially open to the public. About 300 people gathered for the company’s local kick-off. The gym, which calls itself the most refined climbing and fitness […]

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Fundraising will kick off in May for the $7.6 million Okanagan Rail Trail development. During the Monday afternoon City of Kelowna council meeting a fundraising report was brought forward to explain the process of fundraising $7.6 million for the trail and how long of a process it will be. There are three goals of the […]

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Destination BC’s Research, Planning and Evaluation team conducts research on various aspects of the tourism industry, providing industry partners with information to enhance the effectiveness of future marketing and development projects. Recently released are two research documents by Nancy Radman, Senior Researcher Destination BC. The documents are titled – Introduction to the Net Promoter Score […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

CONTENT – Is it a new thing or one that has really just come of age for the Tourism industry? In January 1996, Bill Gates wrote an essay entitled “Content is King” published on the Microsoft website. He began by saying: “Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on […]

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Nearly $8 million will need to be raised to develop 50 kilometres of former CN Rail track now owned by municipalities from Kelowna to Coldstream. Councils and boards representing Kelowna, Lake Country, the Okanagan Indian Band and North Okanagan Regional District will be asked to approve development and fundraising plans in coming weeks. The development plan, […]

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Mark Filatow has continued his dominance over the Okanagan restaurant scene at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards this week (April 13). For the eighth year in a row, Filatow’s Waterfront Wines took home the coveted title of best Okanagan restaurant. “Hopefully we can make it 10 (years), and then we might have to pass it off,” […]

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An $8 million development plan for the CN Rail corridor goes before councils and boards Monday (April 18). Members of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee picked up their packages last week to review what is needed to prepare the 50 kilometres of former rail track from Coldstream to Kelowna. Development would include basic trail construction, […]

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Tourism Vernon Website Wind Gold

The City of Vernon’s new Tourism Vernon website has received the Hermes Creative Gold Award. The site, developed by eSolutions Group, launched in mid-February and was developed with a focus on improved tourism storytelling of Vernon experiences, platform capabilities, ease of navigation, functionality and City branding. The new site includes enhanced features such as customized […]

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Sparkling Hill Outdoor Swimming Pool

Stay, relax and dine this Mother’s Day with Sparkling Hill Resort and our 40,000sq.ft. KurSpa, celebrating your spring awakening with us for 2016! Save more this Mother’s Day at Sparkling Hill Resort, book your stay for May and received a 3 course dinner for two and $50 KurSpa Credit to use during your stay. Come and […]

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