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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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If you remember those words it will likely conjure up a picture in your mind of Lily Tomlin as the telephone operator “Ernestine” which she brought to life on Rowan and Martin’s break out comedy show Laugh-In. Well we have definitely come a long way Ernestine! From party lines to land lines to mobile devices; […]

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Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA manning the BC Lodging and Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA manning the BC Lodging and Campground Association booth at the Seattle RV Show Feb 9 - 12, 2017

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and the BC Lodging and Campground Association teamed up to provide Seattle area residents with free camping guides and other promotional materials to help them plan their next visit to British Columbia. Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA attended the 4 day event in Seattle manning a booth […]

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Employers are invited to post internship opportunities to Royal Roads University’s job board, CareerRoads, or submit positions by email. Students from Royal Roads University are seeking all experience levels and types of positions for their spring/summer academic internships: COMMUNICATIONS MA in Intercultural & International Communication – July start BUSINESS Master of Global Management – May/June […]

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Over decades we have seen countless examples of how partnerships between individual organizations, that share a like minded vision, can make significant impacts that might otherwise not have taken place. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), together with go2HR has seen first hand how beneficial partnerships can be.  In 2016, Arlene Keis CEO of go2HR, […]

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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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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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NEW Program Opportunities: BC Fresh Water Fishing Regulations Synopsis 2017 – 18 Coast Mountain Culture, Spring 2017 Stay up to date with all Co-Operating Marketing Program Reserved Pool opportunities, click here BC Fresh Water Fishing Regulations Synopsis 2017-18 Sales close February 18 The “BC Fishing Regs” has incredible reach! Largest angling publication in BC! Far […]

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BC tourism and hospitality employers with fewer than 20 employees can now participate in the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR) that is specifically designed for them. go2HR – BC’s tourism human resource association – launched the Small Employer COR (SECOR) Program at its Occupational Health and Safety Breakfast event yesterday. The COR Program is an […]

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