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The world is on the move and means great things for our Tourism Industry.  No longer languishing behind oil and gas, the lumber industry and even the automobile sector, Tourism, has gained its rightful place on the podium. Provincially the numbers are impressive with British Columbia realizing approximately 19.7 million visitors annually, contributing $15.7 billion in […]

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Flood preparations in response to rising lake levels have been underway throughout the week. Okanagan Lake rose 2.5 cm yesterday; the lake level is now at 342.779. Heading into the long weekend, there are some safety considerations for residents and visitors while taking in activities in the Central Okanagan. Boating Safety and Docks Boating on […]

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Interior Cascades Route 97 Touring Program Road Trip Map Guide and Website Update The 2017 Road Trip Map Guide is now in circulation. The TOTA team have been on the road distributing guides throughout North Central Washington and the Thompson Okanagan. Distribution continues throughout the Province at Visitor Centres. CanaDream RV travellers will now have […]

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Rendezvous Canada, Destination BC, Destination Canada, TOTA, Thompson Okanagan

Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) is Canada’s premier international tourism marketplace lead by Destination Canada, connecting international buyers with Canadian sellers of tourism products. The event, held annually in a different Canadian city, reunites some 1,500 international tourism industry leaders gathered for a series of speed-dating-style appointments. International buyers seek the best-matched Canadian tourism sellers. The end result: […]

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To celebrate Tourism Week and acknowledge the operators, employees, suppliers, destination marketing organizations and others who contribute to the industry, we are inviting stakeholders from every community to spread the word about the power of tourism.  This initiative is part of a concerted effort to showcase local tourism products and experiences, and demonstrate that #BCTourismMatters […]

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Science World needs your ideas, visions and aspirations. They are in the midst of an ambitious province-wide community consultation process and are inviting British Columbians to let us know what Science World means to them and how Science World can better serve the community in the coming years. You are invited to the consultation meeting […]

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Wednesday May 17 Family Fun Evening, 6:00pm to 8:00, entry by donation Everyone is invited to a fantastic show, and great hands-on science fun. The Exploration Room will be open 6:00 to 8:00pm, with over 140 different exhibits, including some that are brand NEW. Fluids Fun-Filled Show by the Westsyde Whundas Young Scientists, 6:30pm Be […]

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Tourism Kamloops demonstrated its ‘Boldly Unscripted’ approach to destination marketing last night at the mysterious Tranquille laundry facility. The new brand and tag line – Boldly Unscripted – invites visitors to explore Kamloops and encourages them to experience an authentic story-filled adventure much the same as local residents do. In spirit of the new brand, […]

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Shuswap Theatre is proud to host this year’s Theatre BC Okanagan Zone Drama Festival. Theatre groups from up and down the valley will be presenting their plays on our stage during the week of May 20–27. This is a wonderful opportunity for local audiences to see many fine productions and it’s a great learning experience for cast, crew and audience […]

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The Shuswap Lake Culture Crawl will run Thursday May 18 through to Sunday May 21 offering a variety of arts and cultural happenings in the South Shuswap:   Three night concert series at Sunnybrae and Carlin Halls featuring Chicken Like Birds (May 19), Sons of Bitumen (May 20) and Margit Sky Project (May 21). Also […]

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Hoodoo Adventures announces the inaugural Kettle Valley Station Pub (KVS) Beer Run, taking place on Saturday, June 3 in Penticton. Sponsored by the Kettle Valley Station Pub, the race features a 10km course, down the scenic Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR), with stops at, and samples from, local craft breweries, including tastings from the Cannery […]

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Like everyone I have been closely watching the news of the flood situation that is currently affecting many parts of our region and province. The information is extremely concerning and in some cases quite devastating and in the days and weeks to come we will all need to work together to assist friends, neighbours and […]

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Hands-on Water Lab at the BIG Little Science Centre Saturday May 13 at 11am & 1:30pm An interactive, fun lab that encourages everyone to play with water and see how it moves! Is water actually sticky? Find out for yourselves in this lab that suits children of all ages. The BIG Little Science Centre, with […]

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2017 Kettle Valley Express cover

The 2017 #5 edition of the Kettle Valley Express is now available on line at www.kettlevalleyexpress.com and in print at Visitor Centres near you. We have had significant growth this year, adding 16 more and recreating a larger, more informative Rail Trail map, included in every issue with 10,000 extra maps printed this year as […]

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Having guests visit over the summer?   Wondering how to keep the kid’s occupied over the holidays? Want to improve your local knowledge or customer service levels? Then come to the TRUE Penticton Tourism Tradeshow. It’s an ideal opportunity to uncover the hidden gems of Penticton & Wine Country and learn about the best spots […]

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Tourism Kamloops completed a first ever Value of Tourism analysis and the results are clear: tourism is a key economic driver for the City. Using Destination BC’s Value of Tourism Model, the research evaluated commercial accommodation sector data to produce estimates of overall tourism visitation and expenditures within the city. The research gathered data from […]

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Golf course rankings for 2017 are starting to come in, and Tobiano is very honoured to still be holding their position as the #1 public course in British Columbia! Canadian Golf Magazine named Tobiano Golf Course in Kamloops the #12 course in Canada in their 2017 Top 50 + Next 10 rankings, giving them the […]

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Last week at Green Tourism Canada, we received an email from a member about sustainable purchasing. She was wondering if we had a list of “green suppliers” in her area that she could consider purchasing from. I decided to pick up the phone to share some simple concepts she could apply when trying to purchase […]

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go2HR, BC’s tourism industry human resource association, is pleased to announce the appointment of Arun Subramanian to the position of Director, Industry HR Development. Arun will lead the development and implementation of industry recruitment and retention strategies and tactics in alignment with the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy. With more than 15 years of HR […]

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The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce didn’t have to look far for its new executive director. The 1,350-member organization has hired Dan Rogers, previously with the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce, for the job. In his three years at the Vernon chamber, Rogers oversaw an increase in members, advocacy, partnerships and chamber programs. Before moving to […]

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We hear much about how difficult it is to work with millennials, however as I have  frequently noted our experience in the TOTA office has been anything but challenging.  Our crew of energetic and enthusiastic under 35’s never fails to surprise and engage us.  There is no lack of motivation and drive in this group […]

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Five premium cabins are to be built this summer, with a planned total of 25 new cabins to be constructed over a 5-year period. Complete road paving will be done around the Resort from the highway exit to the Pinewoods building. Guests will enjoy the finished renovations and refurbishing of Pinewoods Dining Room and lodge […]

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From its humble beginnings during The Great Depression, the Okanagan wine industry got its roots in Kelowna. Starting in 1932, Calona Wines (now called Calona Vineyards) was the first of its kind in the valley. At the time, Kelowna was a small town, with an economy based on apples and a port service, said Sandhill/Calona […]

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Health should be a key priority for everyone, yet too often the chaos of everyday life gets in the way of relaxation and healing. Luckily, Watermark Beach Resort has come up with the perfect solution: combine a lakeside holiday with rejuvenating add-ons in an inspired, outdoorsy setting. This spring, the resort is rolling out the wellness welcome […]

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