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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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Destination Canada is inviting Thompson Okanagan stakeholders to submit special offers that would be extended to certified travel trade representatives visiting Canada to learn more about our products and services. The Canada Specialist Program is an educational tool designed by Destination Canada to train travel trade professionals about travel to Canada. Upon completion of the […]

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On Tuesday, December 13 Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association attended the Canadian Inbound Tourism Association Asia Pacific Winter Event in Vancouver, BC. This event at the Hyatt Regency was attended by sellers and buyers from across Canada who come together to network, share ideas and make deals […]

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It’s great news for Canadian tourism with double-digit growth in arrivals Overnight arrivals to Canada expanded by 13% in September 2016 and by 11% over the first three quarters of 2016. For more statistics and details on Destination Canada’s key markets, check out the September Tourism Snapshot.        Read More Destination Canada’s 16th Annual Public Meeting […]

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Destination BC, TOTA, Helmcken Falls, Wells Gray Provincial Park, RTO

The Thompson Okanagan Region welcomed 12 representatives of  Receptive Tour Operators and Destination BC touring from September 29 – October 2. These businesses act as local experts wholesaling tourism products for their partners around the world. During the familiarization tours, participants are able to experience the activities and products they promote and sell to better […]

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2,379,215 great pieces of news for our tourism industry Numbers were up this summer! Check out June’s Monthly Tourism Snapshot for key statistics, including details on Destination Canada’s key markets and how we stacked up against our competitors. Want to see previous months? Check out our website.      Read More Prime Minister announces 2018 as the […]

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Quarterly National Tourism Indicators Statistics Canada has released the 2016 National Tourism Indicators for the first quarter of 2016 (January – March) and DC has the highlights on bottom-line figures that measure the tourism industry’s progress.           Read More Monthly Tourism Snapshot – April 2016 Destination Canada has just released the April 2016 Tourism Snapshot, our […]

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CITAP, TOTA, Golf Tournament 2016, RTO, Aisa Pacific

CITAP, the Canadian Inbound Tourism Association Asia Pacific, hosts an annual golf tournament at the Mayfair Lakes Golf Course in Richmond BC. This year’s event was held on July 19th and was attended by Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist. This event is an opportunity for tour and travel businesses to get together in […]

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Rendezvous Canada, Marketplace, Destination BC

TOTA recently attended Rendezvous Canada Marketplace in Montreal, Quebec. This four day marketplace connects Canadian suppliers with domestic and international buyers. Over 1,400 attendees meet during short 12 minute appointments and further solidify relationships while attending the many social events presented as part of the overall event. TOTA was represented by Glenn Mandziuk, CEO and […]

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Destination BC and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association have been asked to pass along this advertising opportunity to EXPORT READY activity and attractions businesses in the province. (Follow this link for more information on export ready standards and criteria) CANUSA is a German Tour Operator that sends visitors from Europe into our region. Their basic idea […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Region welcomed six representatives of Asian Receptive Tour Operators and Destination BC  touring from March 4-7 at local ski resorts. These businesses act as local experts wholesaling tourism products for their partners overseas in Asia. During the familiarization tours, participants are able to experience the activities and products they promote and sell […]

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CITAP, TOTA, Winter Event Marketplace, 2015, Travel Trade, RTO, DMO,

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association once again attended the Canadian Inbound Tourism Association (Asia Pacific) (CITAP) Winter Event that was held at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.  CITAP was formed in 1997 to create an association that would represent the Asian tour operator community in the tourism industry. CITAP supplier and DMO members exhibit in an […]

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Canada's West Marketplace, Fam, South Thompson Inn, Tourism Kamloops, TOTA,

A group of 7 delegates attending Canada’s West Marketplace took the opportunity while in the Thompson Okanagan region to participate in a familiarization (fam) tour of Kamloops and Sun Peaks. Representing the China, Japan, Korean, India and UK markets, these delegates spent 4 days in the region to experience a sample of activities, restaurants and […]

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Canada's West Marketplace, Kelowna, BC, Glenn Mandziuk, buyer and seller appointment

Canada’s West Marketplace travel trade show is a partnership between Travel Alberta and Destination British Columbia. This year, the marketplace took place at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre in Kelowna, BC from November 16 – 19. This four-day, four-night event combines appointments, social events, networking opportunities, and pre/post familiarization tours into an […]

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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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Air Canada Scandanavian Travel Trade Fam at Sun Peaks in the Thompson Okanagan

In early September, an Air Canada Scandinavian Travel Trade Fam visited the Thompson Okanagan region. These 10 people are top producing tour and travel professionals selling their clients into BC. Destination BC reports growth in this market and to organize the DBC fam request, TOTA teamed up with Tourism Sun Peaks, Tourism Vernon, Tourism Shuswap […]

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Chinese Travel Trade Fam visiting Kamloops Heritage Railway

In September, 12 Chinese Travel Trade professionals visited Canada as winners of an Destination BC ‘Follow Me To BC‘ integrated campaign in China that included a contest to design tour itineraries in BC. The FAM started in Vancouver and, as part of their visit, for three days they toured the Thompson Okanagan with a Destination […]

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Destination Canada India Travel Trade Fam West Kelowna Cove Lakeside Resort

Destination Canada India Travel Trade Fam visits the Thompson Okanagan in September adding in a visit to West Kelowna, Kelowna and Vernon while touring the Vancouver and Whistler area. Working with Destination BC, TOTA organized a visit for seven Travel Trade Professionals from India and the Destination Canada India Representative who toured the Okanagan for […]

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Discover BC

Discover BC was held in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre West on Wednesday August 19 from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm. The Discover BC event is presented every two years by Destination BC (DBC) and it is an opportunity for select BC Destination Management Organizations to introduce new export-ready product to Receptive Tour Operators […]

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Asian RTO Trade Fam having lunch with Nancy Greene

Destination BC and Thompson Okanagan Tourism along with Tourism Sun Peaks, Tourism Kamloops, Tourism Vernon and Silver Star Resort partnered to host seven Asian Receptive Tour Operator (RTO) representatives and two Asian Media representatives on a four day fam trip through the Thompson Okanagan. Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist joined the group for […]

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Team BC RVC

Rendez-vous Canada is Canada’s premier international tourism marketplace. The event reunites more than 1,500 international tourism professionals gathered over four days for a series of twelve-minute appointments to promote or discover unique Canadian experiences. RVC is an important industry-trade platform for Canadians to potentially generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the Canadian tourism business. […]

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