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Destination BC and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association have been asked to pass along this advertising opportunity to EXPORT READY activity and attractions businesses in the province. (Follow this link for more information on export ready standards and criteria) CANUSA is a German Tour Operator that sends visitors from Europe into our region. Their basic idea […]

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The Penticton Scottish Festival Society will host the third annual Penticton Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Saturday, July 2. The one-day event celebrates Celtic culture with bagpiping and drumming, Highland dancing, heavy events, such as caber toss, and sheep dog competitions. There is also entertainment, children’s activities, clan information, clothing and equipment booths and food […]

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A “world-class” brewery proposed for Kelowna’s industrial north end will be a major job creator and tourist draw, city council will hear. The Starkhund Brewery at the northwest corner of Clement Avenue and Ethel Street is to cover nearly 60,000 square feet and have capacity for more than 150 lounge patrons on two levels. “Starkhund […]

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This is the 7th Annual Merritt Country Run and we think you should become part of the fun.  We have a 5K Walk/Run, a 10K and 1/2 Marathon Run.  The 5K is fun for the whole family as you can choose to run or walk, push the baby carriage or walk the dog.  The 10K […]

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We are getting the word out about some new and exciting positions at Thompson Okanagan Tourism.  In part, with the financial support of the federal government, the following positions are posted on our careers site. Social Media Content Platform Administrator (Full time, 12 Month Term), Kelowna Lead Social Media Content Creator/Producer (Full time, 12 Month […]

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Members of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association Customer Care and Patrol team are introduced at a media conference, Monday, May 16, 2016.

KAMLOOPS – The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association has a new team of street ambassadors. The Customer Care and Patrol team is made up of 11 red capped 19- to 25-year-olds are taking to the streets to help tourists and increase safety downtown, business association manager Gay Pooler says. “To have a successful downtown the number […]

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The Ministry of Environment has released the results of its Intentions Paper outlining the many submissions received from British Columbians on land protection measures in the South Okanagan. The 81-day public comment period generated 3,460 responses. The feedback shows the public is very interested and passionate about issues of environmental protection, First Nations cultural values, tourism […]

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An interesting honour has been bestowed on a Kelowna coffeehouse. According to a survey by Buzzfeed, Kelowna’s Third Space, is one of 31 coffeehouses in the country “you need to visit before you die.” Buzzfeed writer Sarah Aspler posed the question to her Internet audience, “which coffee shop should every Canadian coffee lover visit?” The […]

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Tourism Sun Peaks has hired Arlene Schieven as president and chief executive officer of the destination marketing organization for Canada’s second largest ski resort. Schieven, who is currently president and chief marketing officer of the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance in Idaho, replaces Christopher Nicolson who recently took the reins of the Canada West Ski Areas […]

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MLAs Jackie Tegart and Donna Barnett (centre) present a cheque for $500,000 to the New Pathways to Gold Society (NPTGS). From l: Cariboo-Chilcotin-Coast Tourism Association director Mike Retasket; NPTGS co-chair Terry Raymond; Jackie Tegart; Donna Barnett; NPTGS First Nations co-chair Cheryl Chapman; and NPTGS secretary Brent Rutherford. / Submitted

The New Pathways to Gold Society (NPTGS) has received $500,000 in funding from the provincial government. This will allow it to move ahead with various initiatives designed to create economic development opportunities via heritage tourism and First Nations reconciliation along the Hope–Barkerville corridor. Since its incorporation in 2007, the NPTGS has helped build or restore […]

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Lake Country's new tourism strategy lays the groundwork for attracting more tourism dollars for the district over the next three years

Stop, stay, shop and play. That’s the new motto for Lake Country as it moves forward with a three-year tourism strategy aimed at getting more people to come to Lake Country, stay in the area and spend valuable tourism dollars within Lake Country. Lake Country council unanimously adopted the strategy at last week’s council meeting, […]

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KAMLOOPS – With more than 116,000 travellers passing through the gates at Fulton Field in the first four months of 2016 the airport is on pace for another record year. In April more than 24,000 people travelled through Kamloops Airport, roughly the same as in April 2015. The number of workers heading to northern Alberta […]

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The City of Merritt, this community is ideally positioned to take advantage of the lucrative and growing aboriginal tourism boom across British Columbia. That was the key message presented by Brenda Baptiste, the chair of the board of directors with Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia (ATBC), who was the keynote speaker during the Merritt Chamber of […]

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Tourism is booming in the North Okanagan as the number of people who visit the region continues to climb. “Our community has enjoyed five consecutive years of tourism growth which equates to a 77 per cent increase since 2011 for our MRDT (municipal regional district tax),” said Mayor Akbal Mund, referring to a two per […]

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A group of volunteers is asking B.C. curling fans to help them bring the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, one of Curling Canada’s premier events, to Penticton in 2018. Kim Kirkham and Charlie Cohoe are leading a host committee that has until June 30 to submit a bid to Curling Canada. “We are very excited to have the […]

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A Penticton couple is planning to open a new visitor information centre on the promenade at Okanagan Lake this summer. James Laker said he and his wife Kari Laker hope to get the new centre up and running in June. “I’ve always thought about opening a visitor information and booking centre because I was finding the […]

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Photo Credit: Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative

The fundraising campaign has officially begun for the Okanagan Rail Trail as lots of work is needed to see the trail become a reality. Nearly 50 kilometres of the level route along Kelowna, Lake Country, and the Regional District of the North Okanagan will be redeveloped into a biking and walking route for everyone to […]

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Changes are in store for Penticton’s Wine Country Visitor Centre and Wine Shop, now that construction is underway on the new casino. While the building remains open for now, the current tenants will be moving out later next month. “It’s still business as usual seven days a week at the current location,” said Laura Kowalchuk, general […]

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TRAIL ADVOCATES DREAM OF A 250 KM TRAIL FREE OF VEHICLES OKANAGAN – When the door closed on rail freight business in the Okanagan Valley, another one quickly opened. No one wants to see a business go under but the bankruptcy of the short line Kelowna Pacific Railway and the closing of Canadian Pacific’s Okanagan […]

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Exciting news for Valemount! VCTV/Valemount Entertainment Society has been shortlisted for the 2016 Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) “Tuned in Canada” awards! VCTV was nominated for Best Community Channel Programming – Entertainment for the ongoing Discover Valemount tv series—co-produced with Tourism Valemount. This is the second time the Discover Valemount series has been nominated; the […]

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Billie Marchand Kruger tells a story in her traditional language as part of the En'owkin Centre's student showcase which took place recently at the centre and included graduation ceremonies for the National Aboriginal Professional Art Training program. / Mark Brett/Penticton Western News

The En’owkin Centre has always been a collaborative space but thanks to a grant from the B.C. government, it’s about to expand its vision. En’owkin is the recipient of a $27,500 provincial grant, part of the Collaborative Spaces pilot project, which encourages innovation and partnership between arts organizations through the sharing of space and specialized […]

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Falkland is ready to kick up its heels for the annual Falkland Stampede. The three-day stampede kicks off Saturday with professional cowboys vying for prizes worth more than $50,000. One of the oldest rodeos in Canada, the stampede celebrates it’s 98th birthday this year. “It’s definitely gotten bigger over the years,” said manager Jason Churchill. “It’s gone […]

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Kamloops, BC — Area painters, sculptors, photographers and other artists are encouraged to enter the Kamloops Arts Council (KAC)’s 2016 Oh Canada! Art Exhibition. The registration deadline is Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 4pm. Individual artists and arts groups may register online, by mail, or at the KAC office (7 Seymour Street West, Old Courthouse). The KAC’s […]

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There is a lot of buzz about rail trails in the Okanagan right now; from tourism associations, trail groups, new rail trail groups and the province which is great to see.  “Cycling is the new golf” has been the mantra lately. Ride the Okanagan Trestles Tour and see what all the buzz is about… The […]

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This May 24-26, Sun Peaks is excited to welcome tourism leaders from across the province as the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC) hosts their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Summit. The three-day event will include a wide variety of keynote presentations featuring prominent guest speakers from all corners of the industry, including Marsha […]

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WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors is seeking feedback on a discussion paper regarding the proposed changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHSR). The discussion paper, authored by the Policy, Regulation and Research Division (PRRD), includes recommendations resulting from Bill 35 and the Coroner’s inquest to the 2012 Prince George mill explosion (“Lakeland Inquest”). Some […]

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Big White signals the start of summer on July 1 with the opening of its hiking trails and a season of festivities, from musical events to culinary celebrations, which continues until Labour Day Monday on September 5. “Big White’s 2016 summer season is a great vacation option for adventurous visitors,” says Michael J. Ballingall, Sr. Vice […]

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The Falkland Stampede started in 1919, just after the war, as a picnic which has grown over the years to a three day rodeo. Read more about the history here. People from all over the world have come to our little town to take in this jam packed, fun filled Stampede. Professional Cowboys participate for prizes worth […]

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Our annual Gold Panning Championship event is held every May Long Weekend. In 2016 it is at the Riverside RV park in Enderby BC. Held May 20/21/22. It is a family event for one and all. Starting on Friday night with the metal detecting competition. The whole weekend is filled from morning to night with events like […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

It’s like a bell rang….. The change is palpable; you can feel it, see it, almost taste it everywhere you travel in the region at the moment. Lawns are brilliant green and trimmed to perfection; store fronts and attractions are painted and sparkling; the trappings of winter have faded away and the anticipation of  the […]

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