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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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In previous years our region may not have liked being referenced as “Napa North” but I don’t think anyone is upset at the prospect of quickly becoming known as  “Hollywood North”. More and more the movie world is finding their way to the Thompson Okanagan thanks to the hard work of our Regional Film Commissioners […]

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Employers, get a head start on summer hiring and register today! Conduct interviews on-site and connect with post-secondary students and experienced employees who are already working and living within the region. go2HR, in partnership with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), is pleased to host a full day tradeshow style event aimed to connect Thompson Okanagan summer […]

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Each BC tourism region will now have a designated go2HR Industry Health and Safety Specialist available to assist tourism and hospitality employers with their occupational health and safety needs. Stephanie will be responsible for businesses and employers in the Thompson Okanagan region. Stephanie Mallalieu and her colleague Mark Gilbert will be available for their specific […]

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go2HR, in partnership with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), is pleased to host a full day tradeshow style event aimed to connect Thompson Okanagan summer employers with skilled end-of-season winter employees, and students with an interest in working in tourism, culinary arts, and hospitality. Date: Mar. 3, 2017 Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm Location: 540 Victoria St., […]

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Congratulations to the Winners of the TOTA Tourism Excellence Scholarships – $1500 each! Thompson Rivers University: Madelaine Jamieson is enrolled in the Bachelor of Tourism Management program at Thompson Rivers University Okanagan College: Bobbi Stremel is enrolled in Bachelor of Business Administration (Tourism) at Okanagan College. Award Presented by Dennis Silvestrone, C/S Corporate Admin at […]

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We’re very excited to announce the launch of Phase One of our #Route97 Wonder of Winter Contest. From now through January 29, 2017, we’re giving away a winter getaway at Sun Peaks Resort which includes a 2-night stay, 2-day alpine ski, and a dog sledding tour with Mountain Man Adventures. Entrants can participate by heading […]

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Not everyone wants to escape winter with its crisp cold air and the cozy warmth that blankets you as you relax by an outdoor bonfire after a day of snowshoeing adventures. We learned firsthand through our friends at Southern Queensland Country Tourism in Australia the enormous marketing potential that snow and cold weather can really […]

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The outlook for the tourism industry across the region is for a third consecutive year of growth, says the president of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. Glenn Mandziuk, president of TOTA which is headquartered in Kelowna, says tourist visitor statistics released by the provincial government reflected another boom year for tourism in 2016. The international […]

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Does your business offer a winter experience? Let us know by emailing info@route97.net It’s that easy! Your website URL will be listed on the Wonder of Winter Activities web page on Route 97!   Your winter experience will be recorded in our Winter Inventory so we can communicate with you and promote our Winter Experiences. To […]

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Whose foot doesn’t tap along when they hear the words …. CA-NA-DA (One little two little three Canadians) We love thee (Now we are twenty million) CA-NA-DA (Four little five little six little Provinces) Proud and free (Now we are ten and the Territories sea to sea) There are many of us, myself included, who […]

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Join WorkBC at their upcoming Job and Career Fair: Date: Monday, January 16th, 2017 Time: 9:30am – 5pm Location: Merritt Civic Center,1950 Mamette Avenue, Merritt, British Columbia V1K 1B8 We are anticipating the participation of several different companies with some great job opportunities! Don’t miss out!

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