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In the ski business, we have many stories. The story of Trevor Andrew is one. I first met Trev when he was five. Cute little guy who was in love with skiing. I started coaching Trev when he was about seven. I still have a photo somewhere of him ski racing at another maritime resort. […]

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The Kamloops YMCA-YWCA is pleased to present the 11th annual Power of Being a Girl Conference on October 19, 2016. This one-day conference, for girls aged 12 to 14 years old, is designed for girls by girls (in the annual spring workshop: PBG Planning Group) to explore the challenges of growing up, in a fun […]

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It isn’t just royalty leaving the British Isles for the scenic beauty of British Columbia. Brits in ever increasing numbers made that trek this year. According to statistics released Monday, overnight visitors from the United Kingdom jumped by 35.8 per cent in July over the same month last year. But, it wasn’t just visitors from […]

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BC Hydro has finished its pilot project to install 30 direct current (DC) fast-charging stations for electric vehicles throughout the province. Construction of the last station, located in Vernon, was completed this month. “British Columbia is one of the best places to own and drive an electric vehicle,” said Eric Foster, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “Last […]

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As winery workers and winemakers begin the production of this year’s vintage, wine enthusiasts are getting ready for the 36th-annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. The annual celebration put on by the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors to the valley. Running from Sept. 29 to Oct. 9, the fall […]

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The tourism industry in Osoyoos is getting a boost from the province. The South Okanagan town is receiving $390,335 from the resort municipality initiative to support the industry. Through the initiative Osoyoos has received a total of $3.5 million since 2008 in funding toward projects including a trail system, signage, special events, beach cleaning, public art, […]

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The world’s largest sustainability certification program for the tourism industry will now be helping Canadian tourism businesses to reduce their environmental impacts. Through a regular dose of complimentary webinars, white papers, how-to-guides and checklists, Green Tourism will help the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) grow and develop Canada’s tourism sector in a way that […]

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One Penticton wine festival may not be that well-known locally, but it is getting attention globally. In fact, the London Financial Times featured Garagiste North Artisan Wine Festival as one of the five best wine festivals in the world. “We were thrilled and amazed to be recognized, but it proves that we are unique and special,” said […]

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The B.C. government has announced plans to widen the Trans-Canada Highway west of the downtown core in Salmon Arm. The Transportation Ministry says the project, through two First Nations communities, will include upgrading connections to the adjacent and existing road network. Transportation Minister Todd Stone says Salmon Arm is an important hub along the Trans-Canada […]

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Restaurateur and celebrity chef Vikram Vij will give the keynote address at a conference on B.C.’s agrifood and seafood sector in Kelowna. Bolstering food supply security and innovation in the sector are among the topics at the Growing the Future Together conference, Nov. 14-15. Agriculture Minister and Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick said Vij will talk about sourcing […]

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We’ve all been in a situation where nature calls at a crowded event and an empty toilet is nowhere to be found. Airpnp is an experimental service that aims to solve this problem — by letting residences and businesses rent out their bathrooms to people in their immediate location who need to use it. Airpnp is […]

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Merritt —September 22, 2016— Tourism Merritt is proud to announce the release of a new tourism website. The website is a single location for tourism information in Merritt and the Nicola Valley, which was requested by both community members and visitors. In April 2016, website ownership of www.tourismmerritt.com was transferred from Tourism Nicola Valley to […]

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October 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Join us for complimentary tastings of our newly released 2013 Summit Winemaker’s Reserve, 2012 Meritage and steal tank fermented 2015 Chardonnay with pairings provided by Krafty Kitchen. Also relax in our picnic area and enjoy the live music of Niki Martinus & Family, while viewing grape crushing […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

The problem lies somewhere deep in history of the tourism industry. The adage “better together” while often given lip service, does not, at times, really portray the truth that often exists within the tourism sector. There are absolutely outstanding examples of communities and alliances worldwide that have gotten past their individual egos and issues and […]

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Programmatic advertising disappoints some DMOs

Wanamaker, a Philadelphia department store legend, famously said, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is, I don’t know which half.” Because Big Data allows companies to serve up online ads (display, native, pre-roll, etc.) to people who’ve demonstrated interest while surfing, it sounds like the recent trend in programmatic advertising […]

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Motion Make and Take Days, at the BIG Little Science Centre On Saturday September 24, at 10am to 4pm Using provided designs and materials, make your own rockets, cars and more. Use balloons to make them move and take them home to show your friends. Or design your own!  The Exploration Room is open 10am […]

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At Social Media Tourism Symposium in New Orleans, Hootsuite’s Mark Rybchuk sat down with Leah Poulton and Julia Crawford from Destination British Columbia

How is your organization harnessing the power of social content? You don’t need a reminder that the world of content is changing and that visitors are creating content that used to come from the destination marketing organization. But with all that brilliant, user-generated content out there, what do you do with it? At Social Media […]

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Travel content in the virtual reality space is becoming more ambitious, but faces many challenges in becoming more widely viewed. Here, a guy tries out a Samsung Gear VR headset in 2015. Maurizio Pesce / Flickr

Is virtual reality the next big thing in consumer entertainment, or a flashy gimmick that will wow tech geeks and then fade away like 3DTVs or Mini-Disc players? Early adopters in the travel space say that the proliferation of mobile devices in the U.S. is likely to keep virtual reality around for some time to […]

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Qantas airlines has upped the ante with a service that allows smug travellers to link their out-of-office response to their Instagram accounts, and thus flaunt their exotic snapshots

It’s annoying enough when you get someone’s automatic out-of-office reply. First, you can’t reach them, and second, they’ve swanned off on holiday and you are probably stuck at work. But now Qantas airlines has upped the ante with a service that allows smug travellers to link their out-of-office response to their Instagram accounts, and thus […]

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The Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, is the newest property by Coast Hotels, which is in the process of being acquired by Japanese company APA Group. (Photo: Coast Hotels)

Executives at both companies believe the pending acquisition will help the APA Group’s global expansion plans and open new opportunities for Coast Hotels. GLOBAL REPORT—Officials with Japanese APA Group said the pending acquisition of Vancouver-based Coast Hotels opens the door to bring a new hotel concept to North America, and executives with both companies say […]

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Naramata Tailgate Party Guests

The  Naramata Bench Wineries Association  are pleased to announce that their annual Tailgate Party is in the winners’ circle for the Best BC Wine Festival in Vancouver’s Georgia Straight 2016 Readers Choice Awards. For more details go to  http://www.straight.com/question/320881?s=bov  

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AppleFest

Downtown Salmon Arm is hosting its second Annual Apple Fest on October 1st from 10-4pm at the Ross Street Plaza. This free community event is a celebration of Salmon Arms agricultural background and will showcase local apple vendors selling everything from apple pies to fresh picked apples. The Mobile Juice Factory will also be attending […]

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Tree Brewing Co. will be hoisting a glass of ale to everyone who is working to make the Okanagan Rail Trail a reality. Tree Brewing Co. and Okanagan Rail Trail will be celebrating donors and volunteers with a family walk Sunday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Tree Brewing Beer Institute, […]

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2014 Pinot Noir Estate

Okanagan Falls, B.C. (September 19, 2016): Liquidity Wines is proud to announce that its 2014 Pinot Noir Estate has been awarded a silver medal at the prestigious Mondial des Pinots international competition, which was announced in Sierre, Switzerland on September 2, 2016. Mondial des Pinots is the only international competition entirely dedicated to celebrating excellent wines made from […]

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The new Google Trips app organizes reservations and enables travelers to plan in-destination things to do. Google

Google’s steady move into being an even bigger force in the travel industry took a significant step today with the official rollout of its Google Trips app. The much-anticipated Google Trips mobile app debuted today for English-speaking users worldwide, and it taps into users’ Gmail accounts to aggregate past and upcoming flight, hotel, car rental […]

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KELOWNA – UBC Okanagan’s AlterKnowledge Discussion Series begins its new season of provocative discussions on social issues with a conversation about the social impacts of tourism. Adriana Piscitelli, an award-winning cultural anthropologist at Brazil’s University of Campinas who studies sex tourism, will initiate the discussion. Piscitelli’s work asks us to think about how local populations […]

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Mission Hill

Anthony von Mandl has spent his career trying to shine a global spotlight on British Columbia’s Okanagan wineries – and next week, his quest is going to get a big boost from a pair of royal visitors. The founder and proprietor of Mission Hill Family Estate near Kelowna will be playing co-host to an afternoon […]

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When you’re jetting off on a hard-earned holiday you might be tempted to post a picture of your boarding pass online – but you could be giving identity thieves a free ticket into your personal details. You don’t have to scour social media hard to find a bragging #boardingpass post – there are over 75,000 […]

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KELOWNA, BC – The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) is launching its new Explore BC VQA Wine campaign to encourage wine consumers to experience BC’s premium wine touring regions, support local Wines of British Columbia year-round, and enter for an opportunity to win one of three seasonal BC VQA Wine tour experiences. “We are very excited to […]

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More of Kamloops’ back alleys are going to be turned into art galleries. The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association is receiving $19,000 in provincial funding to continue its Back Alley Art Gallery job creation project, which gives two people work experience while helping to beautify the downtown core. The project encourages pedestrian traffic and reduces vandalism […]

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