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The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) advocates for the interests of British Columbia’s $15 billion+ visitor economy. As a not-for-profit tourism industry association, TIABC works collaboratively with its members – private sector tourism businesses, industry associations and destination marketing organizations – to ensure the best working environment for a competitive tourism industry. For the 2017-2019 […]

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That’s the only anniversary NewLeaf will get to, however, as the two have officially become one airline called Flair Airlines. This follows the June 7th announcement that Kelowna-based Flair Airlines had acquired NewLeaf Travel Company. “We are starting a new chapter in the airline industry,” said Flair Airlines’ VP of Commercial Operations, Chris Lapointe. “Today […]

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British Columbia’s new premier handed his cabinet ministers their to-do lists on Monday, and the tasks include a mix of both campaign promises and new plans. John Horgan, who appointed his 22-member cabinet last week, said his government’s priorities involve relieving families of rising costs and fees, offering better services for people, and providing good jobs and economic opportunities throughout B.C. “I […]

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Yes, B.C. is under a province-wide state of emergency, but not everywhere is burning. That’s the message the Okanagan’s tourism sector is sending out – that the valley is open for business. The Okanagan just dealt with nearly two months of unprecedented flooding, which forced many beaches, parks and boat launches to close. The last thing the […]

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For his role in helping reform B.C.’s archaic liquor laws, Liberal MLA John Yap has been honoured with the 2017 B.C. Wine Institute Industry Recognition Award. One of the biggest changes in liquor laws after an extensive review was to allow B.C. wine on grocery store shelves as well as permit B.C. wine to be […]

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Wineries across the province are encouraging people to appreciate wine in a different way, by exploring its identity and impact on regional development. UBC Okanagan scholars have developed an ‘exhibit trail’ at seven different wineries across B.C., with five of them located in the Okanagan Valley. Titled, ‘Refractions: Appreciating the British Columbia wine territory’ the […]

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The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) is working to help communities and businesses get back on their feet after the wildfires that have impacted so many.  We have initiated our Economic Disaster Recovery Program (EDRP) which has been used in Burns Lake, Southern Alberta floods and most recently following the Fort McMurray fire of […]

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Summer is well underway, but with floods and smoky skies getting so much attention there are notably fewer tourists taking advantage of the region’s assets. Conrad Wiker, the owner of Whiplash Cable Park, has definitely experienced a less robust season than in years past, having not even opened yet. “We’re hoping to open soon, but […]

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As summer settles in throughout British Columbia, public and private campgrounds across the province quickly fill up, a process that started in the dark winter days of January. You may be planning at the eleventh hour, but you can still plan. Last minute decision makers will find campgrounds located within three to four hours’ distance […]

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Key Milestones and Measurements Significant investments in products, services, network, aircraft and our employees High employee engagement with measured improvements Unprecedented 10-year labour agreements Job growth Measured customer service improvements CEO of the year and CFO of the year Since 2009 we have profitably grown our capacity outside Canada by 74%. Or, put another way, […]

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Gray Monk Winery owners George and Trudy Heiss and their family started growing grapes and selling wine overlooking the north end of Okanagan Lake back in 1976, and for more than 25 years it was the only winery in the region. During their initial search for vineyard land, the advice was to look for a […]

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The Similkameen Wineries Association renamed itself last week, launching a new brand identity as Similkameen Independent Winegrowers. The group was formed in 2011, with wineries banding together in an effort to raise awareness of the local wine industry in the Similkameen Valley and the awarding-winning wines and ciders produced by its members. “We were known […]

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Half a dozen Okanagan businesses are among the best outdoor dining restaurants in Canada, according to a list released today by OpenTable. OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation service, released its 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada for 2017 today, and the Okanagan Valley stood up impressively against the rest of the country. From Kelowna, […]

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A Hollywood movie filmed in the North Okanagan has made its way to Netflix. Blackway, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles, is about an ex-logger who comes to the aid of a woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and finds herself harassed and stalked by a former cop turned […]

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Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced that the Government of Canada has issued a request for proposals on making Canada a top destination for tourists seeking world-class culinary experiences. Minister Chagger made the announcement during Tourism Week while visiting […]

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The Wines of British Columbia will be in the Seattle spotlight during a multi-chef collaborative BC VQA Wine-paired dinner in partnership with Ocean Wise sustainable seafood at Tavolàta Capitol Hill restaurant on June 8. This 100 percent BC wine and seafood dinner brings together the creative talents of winemakers and chefs to celebrate the best of BC wine and […]

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Prestige Hotels and Resorts prides itself on being an eco-friendly hotel chain. They’re excited to have launched their new Go Green program at all 13 properties across B.C. For guests staying two or more nights, they can now choose to “Go Green” and forego their daily housekeeping services. This reduction in housekeeping demand will help […]

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During Tourism Week, a time to celebrate Tourism’s relevance as an economic driver and job creator, TIAC calls on government to support this $91.6 billion industry by implementing initiatives that trigger industry growth and can propel Canada towards global top ten ranking in international arrivals. As 2017 unfolds, Canada’s Travel and Tourism sector benefits from […]

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Today, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) signed a strategic partnership agreement to strengthen the relationship between both national tourism organizations. This agreement provides a unique opportunity for strategic alignment and collaboration between the two organizations to bolster the representation of indigenous tourism product in Canada and […]

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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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