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Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA recently met with journalists from around the world during GoMedia Marketplace 2016 in Montreal.  At the Destination Canada organized event, there were 415 registrants, 132 media taking appointments, 140 partners, and a total of 3,939 appointments completed. TOTA participates as part of the Destination BC team […]

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Through the efforts of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), Destination BC, sub-regional partners and Destination Canada, journalists, editors, producers and bloggers are pitched story ideas, hosted in region and then write and publish stories, shows and blogs. These stories are referred to as earned media and have significant reach in many markets targeted by […]

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Seattle Media Event, Destination BC, TOTA

Destination BC holds media events in key markets once a year in Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle. Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist recently attended the Seattle Media Event. 31 A-list media attended the event held at Premier on Pine on June 28. In addition to Destination BC representatives, media specialists from the six regions […]

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Destination BC holds media events in key markets once a year in Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle. Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist recently attended the Vancouver Media Event. 51 A-list media attended the event held at Waterview on False Creek on June 02. In addition to Destination BC representatives, media specialists from the six […]

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Calgary Media Event, Destination BC, TOTA

Destination BC holds media events in key markets once a year in Calgary, Vancouver and Seattle. Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist recently attended the Calgary Media Event. 33 A-list media attended the event held at the Charbar Restaurant in Calgary. In addition to Destination BC representatives, media specialists from the six regions of […]

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CMM Canada Media Marketplace, TOTA, 2016

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has just completed a three-day Destination Canada Media Marketplace in San Francisco, April 17 – 20. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO and Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist, completed a total of 40 appointments meeting with key USA-based journalists and editors. These appointments are an excellent way to create and strengthen relationships […]

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RTO Sales Calls, TOTA, DBC, ARA Professional Travel,

In partnership with Destination BC, regular sales calls were made in the Greater Vancouver area calling on key account Receptive Tour Operators by Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA. Key accounts represent significant numbers of travel trade- generated room nights and other activities for both domestic and international travellers. Working with Destination […]

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Through the efforts of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), Destination BC, sub-regional partners and Destination Canada, journalists, editors, producers and bloggers are pitched story ideas, hosted in region and then write and publish stories, shows and blogs. These stories are referred to as earned media and have significant reach in many markets targeted by […]

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Travel Trade Training at Explore Gold Country Tourism Symposium in Merritt

In partnership with Explore Gold Country, Thompson Okanagan Tourism staff member Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist, provided two training / information sessions at the Gold Country Tourism Symposium held Saturday, November 14 at the Merritt Civic Centre. The first 45 minute  session covered working with the Travel Trade and topics covered were describing […]

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An in-person meeting of the Travel Trade and Media Relations Advisory Committee took place at the beginning of the TOTA Summit on October 28th. The one hour meeting was attended by Jacqueline Birk, Silver Star Resort; Holly Wood, Right Mind Media; and Alexa Creelman, Tourism Kelowna. Topics discussed were stakeholder training priorities, marketplace sales tools, […]

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Travel Classics Journalists Dinner at Waterfront Wines Kelowna

The Travel Classics event in Vancouver this October chose to include a pre-event fam trip to the Okanagan. Six travel writers from North America spent four days and three nights enjoying central and south Okanagan activities during the visit organized by Travel Classics, Destination BC, TOTA, the BC Wine Institute, Tourism Kelowna, and our stakeholders.  […]

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Travel Writer Yoshihiro Kamloops TOTA Tranquille Farm Fresh

While attending GoMedia Marketplace 2015 in Penticton, Japanese journalist Yoshihiro Uehara took time to visit Kamloops as part of his research for a cross-Canada bicycle trip planned for 2016 and 2017. Yoshi is planning to bike most of the Trans Canada Trail and will be writing about the history and heritage of Canada as he […]

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GoMedia Marketplace Penticton TOTA

The TOTA Team partnered with Tourism Penticton, the City of Penticton, Destination Canada, TIAC, and Destination BC to meet with journalists from around the world during GoMedia Marketplace 2015 in Penticton. During this amazing event,  Penticton was showcased to some of  the top producing travel media worldwide while they met with Tourism Professionals from across […]

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Through the efforts of Thompson Okanagan Tourism, Destination BC, sub-regional partners and Destination Canada, journalists, editors, producers and bloggers are pitched story ideas, hosted in region and then write and publish stories. These stories are referred to as earned media and have significant reach in many markets targeted by TOTA and Destination BC. Below you […]

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Seattle Media Event

Every year Destination BC hosts a Seattle Media event attended by journalists and editors based in the city. This year, on July 14th, Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist attended and mingled with 47 attendees. Hosted at the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion at the Hotel Ballard, Destination BC, 6 regions and select city representatives had […]

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Dinner Reception for Travel Media in Calgary

The Destination BC Calgary Media Event is hosted every year and is an opportunity to pitch story ideas to media including broadcast media producers, travel writers, bloggers and editors based in the c in the city. On May 7th, Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist along with Destination BC, the other regions of the […]

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MEdia Fam visiting Clos du Soleil Winery in Keremeos, Similkameen Valley.

The Okanagan Wine Festival Society and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association teamed up to host three well-known travel writers in region for 5 days from May 4-8. The writers were toured through the Central and South Okanagan regions as well as the Similkameen Valley. They visited wineries, restaurants, vineyards and other associated local flavours businesses while […]

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Media Lunch, James bear House New Your, BCWI

While attending Canada Media Marketplace in New York this year, Glenn Mandziuk, CEO and Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist both attended Women of the Wild West Chef Collaborative Lunch hosted by the James Beard Foundation put on by The British Columbia Wine Institute and Tourism Calgary. This event on April 22nd was attended […]

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Canada Media Marketplace Travel Writer Appointments

Canada Media Marketplace (CMM) is about great storytelling. The annual event put on by Destination Canada brings together the best in US travel media with provincial/territorial and regional Canadian tourism organizations, major hotel properties, attractions and transportation companies. Alternating between New York and San Francisco, CMM is the place to be to gather new story […]

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