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The Thompson Okanagan Region in British Columbia Canada is a major tourism destination attracting over 3.5 million visitors and generating nearly $2 billion in direct economic impact annually. To improve tourism management and maintain the region’s leadership, the President and CEO of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Glenn Mandziuk, has signed the Letter of Commitment […]

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The new Licensee Education Program will be delivered in Vernon, Kelowna, and Penticton from May 30-June 1, 2017.  Offered by the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, the education sessions provide licensees with practical knowledge to better navigate BC’s liquor laws and successfully operate their establishment. Two sessions are available each day, please visit the list […]

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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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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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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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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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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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In a tight labour market, what are you doing to recruit and retain staff? What is working and what are some of your staffing pain points? go2HR – BC’s tourism human resource association – invites you to participate in a short survey to gain a better understanding of the labour challenges faced by BC’s tourism […]

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Now that I  have your attention…. I was taught never to vote…. unless I had taken the time to understand what the issues were and where the government I was about to cast my ballot for stood in relation to my concerns. I was taught never to vote unless I had listened to the candidates […]

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We are very proud to announce our latest video release. Our digital team were able to sit down with Executive Chef, Chris Remington, at the Penticton Lakeside Resort to discuss his passion for using locally-grown ingredients in his dishes. Once again, we are reminded how lucky we are to live in such an abundant region […]

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The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch is offering free learning sessions to owners and staff of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Sessions cover a range of topics, including: Updates on recent liquor policy changes Providing safe and responsible service Keeping a licence in good standing Steps to a successful liquor inspection The program will be […]

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Thompson Okanagan, Google Trekker, Destination BC, TOTA,

Destination BC holds media events in the three key markets of Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle. These media events invite top media based in each city to a reception or dinner that allows regional DMOs and city DMO’s to interact and build relationships with journalists. At the Vancouver Media Event on March 21, Howard Grieve, Travel […]

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Canada Media Marketplace, Thompson Okanagan, Destination BC, Destination Canada

As part of Team BC, TOTA attended Destination Canada’s Canada Media Marketplace in New York April 3 – 5 to promote the Thompson Okanagan Region to top US Media. Canada Media Marketplace (CMM) is about great storytelling. The annual event brings together the best in US travel media with provincial/territorial and regional Canadian tourism organizations, […]

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In the tourism industry, we are extremely lucky to have the opportunity to share our love for this breathtaking country with visitors. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, go2HR is putting together 150 reasons why we love working in the BC tourism industry, and they need your input! Share your love for working in BC’s tourism […]

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“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been” – Wayne Gretzky. These thought provoking words are often quoted by Destination BC’s President and CEO Marsha Walden as our provincial tourism team strives to ensure that travel to British Columbia is elevated from consideration to selection by both […]

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Your business has been experiencing significant growth in the last two years and you have had trouble finding staff. You’re not alone. As an industry, where and how are we going to find the people to fill the job openings? Join our Regional HR specialist Ginger Brunner at a lunch and learn workshop hosted by […]

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Spring Content launched for Route97.net Content development continues with the launch of Spring Dreams the newest seasonal section of Route97.net. Spring content is highlighted by a series of “Route 97 Trails” including Rail Trails, Indigenous Experiences, Golf Trail, Local Flavours featuring the Ale Trail, Culinary Trail, Farmers Market Trail, Fruit Stand Trail and the Wine […]

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If you are looking to fill positions for the summer, post your openings on go2HR’s job board, BC’s #1 free job board exclusively for tourism and hospitality employers. With nearly 40,000 visits per month, go2HR’s job board reaches an extensive pool of qualified candidates looking for frontline, supervisory, management, or executive positions. It is promoted […]

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This past week TOTA welcomed another bright young individual to the team, Theresa Schroeter! Visiting us for six months from Germany, her international perspective, propensity for languages and ambition for education make her an amazing addition. It is another example of the way in which millennials worldwide are taking new and unique approaches to learning, […]

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The federal government just announced new changes to Express Entry. Effective June 6, 2017, additional points will be awarded to candidates who have strong French language skills. The Express Entry system currently awards points for language ability in either of Canada’s two official languages—English or French. On June 6, 2017, Express Entry candidates with strong […]

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This is not the first time that I have mentioned the outstanding group of young people that joined the TOTA team last May as a result of federal funding but yet again they have absolutely shown me how very talented they are. While throughout our region there is a backdrop of spectacular scenery and incredible […]

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The go2HR Health & Safety team is pleased to offer a webinar covering the topic of working alone in the tourism and hospitality industry. The webinar will: Define what is meant by working alone; Discuss the current trends associated with injury figures for lone workers; Explore how employers and workers can control the risks and […]

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Remember some of the wild questions from when you were a kid, like “what has 7 legs and is covered in hair”? I’m not sure but is it crawling up your back…!!! Here is one for the adults… “what has 30 legs, 15 heads, represents 3,500 tourism stakeholders operating in excess of 15 of them […]

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Okay stop what you are thinking…… for all of you that were about to wish me well and thinking thank goodness that Mandziuk is gone…I have some very disappointing news…I’m still here! However we are sad to announce that a very familiar voice on the phone at the TOTA office is leaving us and tourism industry after a tremendous six […]

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Presenting at the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s (TOTA) board retreat in Westbank on March 15, 2016, directors and TOTA staff were provided a private overview of AtBC’s new corporate plan which is aiming high to get more Aboriginal communities involved in tourism. Major progress is being made in the region thanks to a partnership between […]

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Over the past three months, TOTA has been working with the bright young minds of UBCO Management Students as part of their fourth-year Capstone Management Consulting program. The UBCO Capstone Program challenges students to apply the knowledge and skills they learned throughout their degree to real world problems. Capstone matches a group of three to […]

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What do all of the following names have in common…..Android, Blogger, Chromebook, Froogle, Gmail, Myactivity, Doubleclick and Youtube?  If you answered that they all are Google products you would be correct.  Of course that is only a small sampling when compared with the more obvious additional Google services that most of us use daily including […]

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  Stay up to date with all Co-Operating Marketing Program Reserved Pool opportunities, click here Route 97 – Book NOW for 2017 Print Guide and Spring Digital Campaign Bundle! The Route 97 2016/17 Touring Program is TOTA’s flagship destination marketing initiative that promotes the entire region. This integrated marketing program includes exposure for your business […]

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