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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, in partnership with Fairview Mountain Golf Club, is thrilled to invite you to their 28th Annual Golf Tournament on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at Fairview Mountain Golf Club in Oliver, BC. We’re thrilled to announce for this year’s golf tournament we are partnering with the Central Okanagan Food Bank. They […]

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This morning we had the privilege of having a roundtable discussion with our Provincial Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Lisa Beare, and Deputy Minister, Shauna Brouwer, here in Kelowna. It was incredibly insightful to have a dialogue around our regional strengths and opportunities for future growth and we are so grateful that they took […]

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Sweet or Savoury? Healthy or Hearty? Bacon or Sausage? It doesn’t really matter how you prefer your breakfast. At Watermark, you know it’s going to be perfect. The Restaurant at Watermark is now serving fresh, local, beautiful breakfast.  Start your day sunny side up.  Join us for breakfast at the Beach! The only question you’ll […]

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Sun Peaks is delighted to announce that our 2019 Holiday Artisan Market has been extended to two weekends as a part of our annual Holiday Kick-Off Weekend. Saturday, December 7, 11:00am to 7:00pm Sunday, December 8, 10:00am to 4:00pm AND Saturday, December 14, 11:00am to 7:00pm Sunday, December 15, 11:00am to 4:00pm The Sun Peaks […]

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As many of you know it has been a very difficult summer for our colleague, my dear friend, and Chair of the TOTA Board Frank Antoine, his wife Bonnie and the entire family. Several weeks ago, Riel, their 8-month baby boy was admitted into Vancouver’s Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with cancer and more […]

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The Mayor’s Gala for the Arts, a fundraiser for the Nicola Valley Arts Council is happening September 28 at the Merritt Civic Centre. Enjoy dinner, displays, swing music, and dancing. Early bird tickets ($65) for the Mayor’s Gala are available only online until Aug. 20 Following that from Aug. 21 – Sept. 21 regular tickets […]

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The materials are elegantly arranged, so precisely placed next to and on top of one another that it looks, at first, like I’ve stepped into an off-kilter interior design display. Lush and contemplative. Yet, on a closer approach, the materials reveal themselves as foam, folded and draped. Mattress. Pipe. String. “I work with synthetic waste […]

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The best gift is the gift of fun! Know someone who needs a quick getaway? A wine aficionado who deserves a treat? How about foodie? A friend who’s always secretly longed to paddleboard? A Watermark gift certificate is completely customizable. Choose the number of nights and any add-ons you think they’ll like, like special in-room […]

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Fall WestJet Wine Tastings

In partnership with WestJet, and Carson Air, the Okanagan Wine Festivals’ ever-popular Fall WestJet Wine Tasting takes place at the Kelowna International Airport in one of the city’s most unique venues, the Carson Air hangar. With the largest capacity of any indoor wine tasting in the Okanagan, this venue design is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Join […]

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The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor's Wine Awards

Introducing our Province’s most prestigious wine competition – The 2nd annual British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.  It is a merger of the province’s two premier judging competitions and is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.  A celebration of the best wines from across our Province with Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals […]

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Okanagan Wine Festivals and Valley First present Sensation: The fall wine festival finale. A wine tasting for the senses.

Wine + Food + Culture. A wine tasting event for the senses, Sensation is a festival that pairs B.C. wine with only the very best in art, music, food, and culture. As you explore the beautiful Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre see how different wines of the region have been paired with equally elevated experiences; […]

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Regional Monthly Highlights: Read the full report here: Thompson Okanagan Monthly Overview January – July 2019 Total Visitation from Canadian travellers to the Thompson Okanagan Region increased by 14% in July 2019. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are the top 4 Visitor Origin Locations: BC visitation increased by 12% in July Alberta visitation increased by […]

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Our research team has been working closely with TELUS Insights for the past 2 1/2 years using aggregated cell tower data to more fully understand visitor volumes and travel patterns into our region. We are very pleased to say their combined efforts have afforded us the ability to receive timely and relevant visitor data that enables us to […]

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The Kettle River Museum is a non-profit charitable organization. Annual fundraising is necessary to keep the museum and the historic Kettle Valley Railway from Midway, B.C. (Mile ‘0’) to Penticton alive and relevant. Cyclist from all over the world often start or finish their KVR BIKE TRAIL cycling experience at the museum. This trail begins […]

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Friday, August 8, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Who: Davison Orchards What: Apple Harvest Festival When: Weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) in September, 2019 Where: 3111 Davison Road Vernon BC Apple Harvest Celebrated at Davison Orchards All the hard work of caring for thousands of Davison Orchards apple trees is coming to fruition now. September is by […]

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The Cahoot’s Kitchen is coming to town! The Cahoot’s Kitchen has partnered with the Harpur Family Farm to host two evenings of five course meals with local wine and beer pairings. Their sold-out event on August 22nd led them to setting up for a second open air affair on August 23rd. The evenings will have […]

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go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, recently released the BC Tourism Human Resources Strategy 2019. The document covers the industry’s job growth projections up to 2028, workforce challenges facing the industry, and the strategies and activities needed to recruit, retain and train the workers required to meet the labour needs. Click here to download today

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After 17 years at the helm of go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, CEO Arlene Keis will be retiring soon, so the organization has begun the search for a new leader. If you, or someone you know, might be interested, please find the job posting here.

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The Thompson Okanagan is committed to becoming a world-renowned accessible destination. The goal is to promote full inclusion and accessibility in all aspects of community and tourism. This includes all experiences, products and services in the Thompson Okanagan region. This work is in line with and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, especially […]

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For the 2019-2021 term TIABC is seeking five (5) candidates: From the DMO category one (1) are required for a two-year term From the Sector Association category sector two (2) is required for a two-year term From the Business Membership category two (2) are required for a two-year term As per the bylaws, the Tourism […]

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One of the first steps to becoming COR certified is to identify an internal champion who will lead the process for your organization and become a knowledgeable resource about COR. The COR internal auditor is an employee of an organization who completes the auditor training for the purpose of conducting internal COR maintenance audits and […]

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Join us for a long table dinner on the patio! Perfectly paired to showcase this Similkameen Valley winery’s portfolio of excellent vintages, we’ll celebrate “harvest style”, at communal tables. Share a meal and a bottle, and make some new friends down here at the beach! Raise a glass to the bounty of this beautiful region […]

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We are thrilled to announce that Mission Hill Family Estate has claimed the title of Canada’s Winery of the Year at the 2019 WineAlign, National Wine Awards of Canada. This is the fifth time Mission Hill has won this prestigious title, more than any other winery in the history of this competition. This award would not be possible […]

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August 5, 2019 Thompson Okanagan Wildfire Update With the summer well underway and hot, dry conditions present across the entire region, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) have enacted our Emergency Plans in response to present wildfire activity. There are currently two wildfires of note in the region, including the most recent Eagle Bluff Fire, […]

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Please take a moment to take this Regional Pledge Survey – Your comments are important. All of us have made a choice to live in the Thompson Okanagan for a reason. Some people were born here and have come to appreciate that no matter where else they travel, no matter what exotic location they have explored or […]

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Baldy Mountain Resort, BC (Wednesday, July 31) – While they may not be at Kardashian level yet, The South Okanagan’s own Baldy Mountain Resort broke the internet on Wednesday. The resort’s Early Bird Season Pass campaign was due to wrap up it’s final day on Wednesday, July 31st and skiers and riders came out in droves to […]

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Lake Country, BC – The Lake Country Public Art Commission just released a Public Art Call for an outdoor permanent Indigenous public art installation along the Pelmewash Parkway. “The goal of this public art project is to provide an opportunity for Indigenous Okanagan artists to create and implement artworks that will enhance the Pelmewash Parkway corridor,” […]

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