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Enough said…you know the rest of that sentence as the media has been saying those words continuously since prior to last Tuesday when the NDP/Green coalition replaced the Liberals after (yes, here it comes again) 16 years of rule. There is a whole new slate of individuals in Victoria, each determined to make a difference […]

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Update BC Wildfires: Economic Impact Survey To all industry stakeholders and DMO’s, Once again, I would like to thank you all for your support and feedback over the last two weeks. I continue to be humbled by the selflessness emerging from within our industry as people open their doors, hearts, and pockets to help those […]

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When natural disasters like wildfires strike, tourism operators play a vital role in providing information, direction, and guidance for tourists and visitors unfamiliar with BC. On this page, you will find many industry-specific resources available for your use in preparing for emergencies when they occur, including ways to prepare for tsunami, wildfire, flood, wildlife encounters, […]

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What is keeping me up at night is not a new story for our industry but it is one that requires, careful thought, immediate attention and creative solutions. Tourism operators have been experiencing labour shortages for many years now, it was something we were warned would occur and something that has and will continue to […]

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Route 97 Touring Program Book NOW for 2018 Print Guide or the 2017 Digital Campaign! The Route 97 2017/18 Touring Program is TOTA’s flagship destination marketing initiative that promotes the entire region. This integrated marketing program includes exposure for your business or community through digital marketing, print option, consumers shows, contesting and media. Route97.net content […]

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Join WorkSafeBC and other employers in your region to learn more about the proposed 2018 rates for your industry, injury trends in British Columbia, and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate. Attendance is free. Kelowna – July 17, 2017 Kamloops – July 18, 2017 Reserve your seat here, […]

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Employers and educational institutions are invited to join in recruiting local talent and showcasing your company in the Okanagan at this event. The career fair will be heavily promoted in Black Press’ Okanagan print and digital publications, as well as on local radio stations. Vendors and their career/education opportunities will have the chance to be […]

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I am always fascinated about the origin of things. Things that, despite a world of change and advancing technology, we continue to do today in this the “modern world”. For example, during the planning for our upcoming  26th Annual TOTA Golf Tournament the question arose as to how and when the game of golf began. […]

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On July 4th, the First Nation people of the Thompson-Okanagan and Colville Confederated Tribe will join together in a Unity Ride paddling from north of Osoyoos Lake to Oroville, strengthening and re-enforcing the unity within their communities. Passing through the international border of Canada and the United States reinstates the traditional tribal territory demonstrating that […]

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There has never been a question in my mind that I am a proud Canadian and very grateful to have been born in this country, during this period of history.  But there has also never been any question in my mind that Canada’s history carries with it the burden of the treatment of our First […]

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Promote your destination through the Route 97 blog. Route 97 targets the touring and exploring markets in BC, AB and WA. Share your destination story by submitting a Blog! All blogs will be reviewed prior to publishing and we will add a link to the corresponding Route 97 road trip page that features your community. […]

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The go2HR Health & Safety team is pleased to offer a webinar on the best practices of workplace accident investigations in the tourism and hospitality industry. Hear from Alex Booth, Adviser with the Employers’ Advisers Office (EAO), on how to simplify and streamline the process to meet WorkSafeBC reporting requirements. The webinar will cover the […]

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Okanagan College is offering a 10-day (60 hours), hands-on refresher course designed to prepare culinary professionals to challenge both the practical assessment and the final written Red Seal exam. Two sessions available: Session 1: Sep. 5-15; 10:30am-5:10pm (Mon-Fri) Session 2: Sep. 18–29; 10:30am – 4:30pm (Mon–Fri) Admission Requirements: Participants must be pre-approved by the Industry […]

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This past week I had the opportunity to speak at a conference hosted by our new partners the Responsible Tourism Institute and Biosphere who will be assisting our region in achieving International Accreditation as a Sustainable Tourism Destination. This event was attended by tourism representatives from around the globe as well as members of the […]

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We are excited to be sharing with you the details of the 2017 TOTA Annual Golf Tournament! Date: August 29, 2017 Location:  Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course Banquet & Awards: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre Tournament website, sponsorship opportunities, and registration details will be launched at the end of the month so stay tuned! We […]

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As we grapple with Mother Nature and her most unusual weather patterns I recognize more than ever the correlation between tourism and farming.  Ever dependent on the perfect conditions it seems that lately there is either too much rain, snow or cold closely replaced with too much heat, extreme heat. Winds wreaking havoc on the […]

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I don’t know about you but when I am travelling internationally or abroad and I catch sight of that big Red Maple Leaf on the tail of an Air Canada plane at my gate it always makes me feel a little closer to home; a little more connected to Canada. Over the past few weeks, […]

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What an exciting time! Not only is it Canada’s 150th birthday, but it’s also Tourism Week! Be part of the celebration: tell go2HR why you love working in #BCTourism by June 11, and be entered to win one of two $150 Visa gift cards! Help showcase the diversity of our tourism industry and the splendour […]

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33 years ago, and specifically 33 years ago on this day May 29th, my family relocated from Dauphin, Manitoba to Osoyoos. My father had suddenly realized that he could be a hotel owner where the winters were long and the weather harsh or a resort owner in a much warmer part of Canada, thus we […]

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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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