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Registration is Open! We are proud to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting & Summit’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, Spirit Ridge is devoted to promoting inclusion, reconciliation, and community building. A world-class facility that features a desert winery, sensitive […]

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go2HR and the BC Hotel Association are conducting a comprehensive wage survey. This study will provide insights into the average wages for key staff positions in the hotel industry. The survey takes less than 20 minutes to complete and survey participants will receive the results for free in early October. Those who do not participate […]

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If you have been following our efforts on Destination Sustainability you will already be well aware that a key pillar of this initiative is Universal Accessibility; particularly as it relates to helping ensure we are creating tourism experiences that can be enjoyed by all visitors including those with ability challenges. To assist us in making […]

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Words and photos by Aaron Thiesen Riders: Gabe Neron and Elliot Capper. Anyone who has raced DH is familiar with the “course walk”: the practice of inspecting a race course on foot—no bikes—sussing out the shortest lines and mentally mapping the hazards. It’s occasionally a solo endeavor, but more often than not groups glom around […]

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Are you a tourism business owner/operator or general manager interested in getting involved in supporting the next generation of tourism professionals? Mentor a local student team competing in the Thompson Okanagan Regional Winning Pitch competition! The team must develop and pitch a high-level business concept for a product or service that supports this year’s theme. […]

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Escape to the South Okanagan during this Most Enchant-Ing Season! There are so many ways to enjoy this beautiful, bountiful corner of Canada. Golfing. Swimming. Hiking. Sipping. Savouring. Delighting in this magnificent place. Join Us in the Land of Ing. The Fall in the Land of Ing Special is now available for a limited time at Watermark Beach Resort. […]

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The Industry Training Authority (ITA) is seeking industry feedback on the Canada-wide Harmonization of the Cook (Professional Cook) trade. If you are currently working in the sector,  are familiar with the apprenticeship system, and have experience sponsoring a Cook Apprentice, the ITA would like to hear your input. For a link to the 3-5 minute […]

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The Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) will present the 2018 Land Champion Award to Lana Lowe, a Dene from Fort Nelson First Nation who has made enormous contributions to manage and protect water, land, and wildlife habitat in northeast British Columbia. As Director of Lands at Fort Nelson First Nation, Lana has led work […]

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Give your team the gift of wellness, share in the Christmas spirit and celebrate the successes of the past year at Sparkling Hill Resort! Eat, drink and be merry with a unique end-of-year celebration that’s ideal for groups of all sizes. Enjoy a special selection of menus including plated dinner and buffet options in an exclusive […]

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Predator Ridge Resort Run / Walk       September 23, 2018 Registration is open now. The Predator Ridge Resort Run / Walk starts and finishes at the Predator Ridge Fitness Centre. Bring your swim suit and a towel to use the hot tub and pool complimentary after the event. (open to participants until 1:30pm) […]

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Extend Your Summer While everyone else seems to be talking about pumpkin spice, we’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer lounging by the infinity pool. Book a midweek (Sunday – Thursday) stay from now through until September 20th and save! Rates starting at $249 CAD / $191 USD* per night. Valid for new bookings only, based on single […]

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A tremendous accolade for Mission Hill Family Estate and the entire Okanagan Valley as Travel+Leisure Magazine reflects on the 2016 Royal Visit by Prince William & Kate Middleton. Fantastic international exposure for the entire Okanagan region. LINK: http://www.msn.com/en-ca/video/entertainment/prince-william-and-kate-middletons-favorite-winery-may-surprise-you/vi-BBMXYiN?ocid=ientp  

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November 2nd will mark one year since the Thompson Okanagan received official certification as one of only 21 Biosphere Destination’s worldwide. Our team’s work and focus on this important file has not stopped since that time. During the ensuing 10 1/2 months we have worked with our Interdepartmental Committee to identify numerous sustainability initiatives taking […]

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The Remarkable Experiences Program is a one-of-a-kind tourism program in Canada presented in partnership with Destination BC and Thompson Okanagan Tourism. It is designed to support BC tourism operators in developing and delivering outstanding, visitor-focused experiences while enhancing their digital and social media marketing efforts. Register Now: Fall 2018 session taking place in Cache Creek/Ashcroft […]

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Great Estates Okanagan has announced the opening date for its new wine experience centre in Penticton. The Great Estates Wine Experience Centre will throw open the doors on Saturday, Sept. 22. It will serve as a hub for visitors to learn more about the South Okanagan’s wines and wineries, which includes Black Sage Vineyard, Inniskillin, […]

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The Kamloops Symphony’s 2018-2019 season kicks off with New Perspectives on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm in Sagebrush Theatre, and Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 pm in The Nexus at First. Music director Dina Gilbert has described the season as “a celebration of the people and traditions that give Kamloops its special flavour,” and New Perspectives opens with […]

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Like traditional bitters, conversations around employee discipline and termination can be hard to swallow, and for some, may end in heartburn. But managing employee performance doesn’t have to be a painful task if you establish a solid foundation for the employment relationship from the start. Learn effective methods to manage relationships with employees during this […]

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We are proud to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting & Summit’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, Spirit Ridge is devoted to promoting inclusion, reconciliation, and community building. A world-class facility that features a desert winery, sensitive landscape, and a […]

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Sun Peaks Resort, BC: Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country and Sun Peaks Resort have partnered for a weekend of food, wine and winter adventure with Savour the Sun, December 7-9, 2018. The three-day event will bring some of the region’s most celebrated winemakers to the BC interior destination. Anchored to three signature evening events, snow lovers […]

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Pacific Coastal Airlines is set to launch its improved B.C. connectivity to the east and west for YLW passengers. Kelowna (YLW) to Cranbrook (YXC) service has been increased to seven days a week, and the Kelowna to Victoria (YYJ) route will now have an early morning departure allowing for a full business day in Victoria. […]

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The team at TOTA are very excited to announce that our new site, ThompsonOkanagan.com, will go live today and we look forward to our industry stakeholders and partners taking the time to review this site and provide us feedback. This consumer-facing site has been created, not as a travel website, but rather a medium by […]

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Richard Cannings, MP (South Okanagan-West Kootenay) is happy to announce that he will “Ride the Riding” for the third year in a row. Each of the last two years he decided to complete a bicycle trip through the riding, which gave him a unique chance to meet the people, businesses and industries that make up […]

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The Royal BC Museum will be the new home for a collection of fossils from the McAbee heritage site. About 18,000 specimens have been donated to the museum from the collection of the late John Leahy, who was a teacher from the Kamloops area and known as an “informed-amateur” in the world of fossils. Leahy […]

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The Columbia Shuswap Regional District will be allocating funds for the Rails to Trails project. The board unanimously approved the decision to secure additional grant money for the project. “The grant application is another step towards creating a trail network along the former railway a corridor from Sicamous to Armstrong,” stated CSRD in a release […]

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A wide-ranging annual arts festival is coming back to Summerland next week, offering five days celebrating artistic endeavours in the Okanagan. The Ryga Festival, named after noted deceased Canadian playwright who wrote in Summerland George Ryga, began last year as an updated version of the Marginal Arts Festival. “It’s going to be a jam-packed five days,” said […]

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Read the Full Profile Here: Thompson Okanagan Regional Profile (2017) The Thompson Okanagan Regional Profile summarizes tourism indicators and provides a general overview of the area. The most recent annual data are presented including visitor volume, accommodation and transportation indicators, and information about seasonality and activities. Top Markets for the Thompson Okanagan BC residents make […]

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