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The Okanagan Valley has been named by USA Today as the world’s second best wine region to visit amongst a list of the top 10 worldwide wine destinations. The ranking was compiled by votes from its readers as part of the newspaper’s Readers’ Choice 2014 Awards. The Okanagan Valley was only bested by Alentejo 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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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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Vancouver to Melbourne and Orlando; Montreal to Lima and Phoenix; Toronto to Belize and St. Vincent. Air Canada announced today the continued expansion of its international network with the addition of six new routes for the winter season: Vancouver–Melbourne, Vancouver–Orlando, Toronto–Belize*, Toronto-St. Vincent*, Montreal–Lima* and Montreal–Phoenix. Flights are now available for purchase at aircanada.com and […]

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Kamloops — The Fishing BC marketing initiative is excited to announce the launch of fishingbc.com, a new microsite aimed at providing anglers with inspirational fishing stories and trip ideas for destinations around the province. Marketing Manager, Matt Jennings says: “The foundation of Fishing BC’s new microsite and content strategy is the recently refreshed Super Natural […]

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“It’s great to reach 10,000 plates so soon,” said Environment Minister Mary Polak, “I’m thrilled to see so many British Columbians expressing their pride and support for BC Parks through the purchase of their very own BC Parks license plates. It’s such a milestone to reach 10,000 plates, which only shows how passionate people are […]

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The Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) applauds the support and sustainable funding announcements for tourism in Federal Budget 2017. As a part of today’s budget announcements, the government will invest $8.6 million in funding over four years starting 2017-18 through the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, supporting the development of the authentic […]

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Spring is the perfect time to check in on those green business goals we keep waxing poetic about over here at Green Tourism Canada, and it’s also a great time to check in on your progress. Why? Well, it’s been over three months since the start of the new year, it’s almost the start of […]

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Mobilize is filling labour shortages across Canada. If you aren’t familiar with Mobilize, it’s a new staffing model that works on a rotational placement basis, supplying tourism, hospitality, resorts, golf courses and food services businesses with a continuous supply of hard-working young employees from across Canada. Mobilizers rotate to different locations seasonally so businesses always […]

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The global experiential tourism trend is starting to catch on in the Okanagan. The concept of combining hands-on instruction with local food and wine is spreading rapidly around the world. It’s similar to dude ranches where tourists pay to help drive cattle or shear sheep before finishing off the day with a fabulous meal and […]

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B.C.’s wine industry continues to be a major economic driver, contributing $2.8 billion to the economy in 2015. A recent Canadian wine and grape industry research study revealed the number, noting that B.C. wine accounts for 31 per cent of the country’s $9-billion wine and grape industry. They say B.C. is the second largest wine […]

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During an already successful conference the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour, added to the good news announcing the creation of a stable funding formula so Destination BC can continue its work of growing British Columbia’s tourism industry. Minister Bond spoke about how tourism is a […]

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Culture and heritage will play a key role in helping Aboriginal youth find work under a provincial program. The province is providing the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) with $1.97 million to help Aboriginal youth with barriers to employment find work through an experience focused on culture and heritage. The BRIDGES program, in partnership with UBCO, will provide […]

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The new minimum wage is a 50 cent increase and reflects the province’s overall economic growth. There will also be an identical increase of 50 cents per hour to the liquor server minimum wage, going from $9.60 to $10.10. Daily rates for live-in home support workers and live-in camp leaders, as well as the monthly […]

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On Monday, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Minister of International Trade, François-Philippe Champagne that the Government of Canada will invest up to $7 million to develop advanced electric-vehicle charging stations across Canada. The ministers made the announcement at the Shawinigan plant of AddEnergie, the Quebec-based electric-vehicle charging company that will receive […]

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New annual international visitor arrival statistics show that in 2016, British Columbia saw a total of 5,532,065 million visitors – an increase of 12.3% accounting for 605,198 more visitors compared to 2015. The positive impact of increasing international visitor numbers to B.C. is supported in a new study of the economic value of tourism to […]

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We all know New Year’s resolutions can be hard to stick with and that’s why we’re going to try hard to help your business stay on top of your sustainability goals this year. After all, that’s sort of our mission, with this whole saving the world business! So instead of just throwing the idea of the […]

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Okanagan Rail Trail

The trail is said to be wheelchair, stroller and even road bike accessible upon completion. The estimated $7.8 million dollar project is currently underway. Brad Clements hopes these test sections can shave a few dollars off the final price. “Will it truly be $7.8 million dollars? Hopefully, it might even be a bit less,” Says […]

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YLW to Europe

Kelowna has enough passenger traffic to support a flight to Europe, and staff at Kelowna International Airport are getting close to making one happen. Airport Director Sam Samaddar revealed the information at a Greater Westside Board of Trade luncheon Feb. 22, telling the crowd there is a market for a flight from Kelowna to Europe at […]

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We are excited to announce that Kayleigh H. from Kamloops has been drawn as the Route 97 Wonder of Winter Contest at Big White Ski Resort Winner! Congrats Kayleigh! She will be heading to Big White Ski Resort for a day of family fun on the hill. Kayleigh was last at Big White with her […]

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Nearly 90% of the respondents to a recent BC Chamber of Commerce member survey say British Columbia’s visitor economy will become even more important over the next decade. Just under 1,200 businesses of all sizes and business sectors from each region of the province were asked to rank the importance of B.C.’s primary industries over […]

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The Okanagan’s tourism industry has a problem: there’s too many people coming to visit. In most ways it’s a pretty good problem to have. But, as more and more people visit the Okanagan, hotels and restaurants are having trouble hiring enough people to meet the demand. This year British Columbia saw more than 5 million international visitors […]

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We are excited to announce that Johanna M. from North Vancouver has been drawn as the #Route97 Sun Peaks Resort Wonder of Winter Contest winner! Congrats Johanna! She will be heading to Sun Peaks Resort for an alpine ski & stay and joining Mountain Man Adventures for a dog sledding experience. Johanna is an elementary […]

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979,446 international visitors explored Canada in November We’re getting closer to the end of the year and November numbers didn’t disappoint! International arrivals to Canada grew by double digits again, setting an all-time high for the month. For more statistics and an in-depth dive into the numbers check out the November Tourism Snapshot.           Read More […]

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The B.C. government says increased airline traffic through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is continuing to bring more international tourists to the province — particularly from China and India. Both the government and YVR say this increased capacity is due to rate cuts that make it a more affordable destination for airlines. Shirley Bond — minister for […]

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