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Read the Full Report Here: 2017 Destination Canada USA Public Summary Report Key Highlights Include: Market Potential: The immediate potential market has increased from the previous year: 53.0 million travellers are definitely or very likely to visit Canada in the next 2 years (versus 47.6 million in 2016). The international outlook for US travellers continues […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is very pleased to announce that the Thompson Okanagan region is recognized as one of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations Worldwide by Green Destinations and a finalist in the Best of the Americas Awards to be presented at ITB In Berlin, Germany in March. I’m so proud of the tourism […]

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For the fourth time the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 is unveiled. This list celebrates the efforts of tourism destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism. The list is the result of open calls in newswires, social and business media. Nominators had to provide extensive information on their destination and its efforts to make itself and its […]

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Air Canada Express is pumping up its Western Canada routes for this summer’s peak period, including the Vancouver-to-Kamloops run. In a news release, Air Canada says it is deploying more of its Bombardier Q-400 aircraft, a move meant to result in “enhanced services for customers”. Starting this spring, the Vancouver-to-Kamloops route will run four times […]

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It used to be a nightclub, but these days the former Mule on Martin Street is being transformed into Penticton’s newest craft brewery. Hatchery Brewing took delivery of its huge brewing tanks Thursday morning (Feb 14), a big leap forward toward getting the facility up and running. “Today’s a big day. It’s a project that’s been […]

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Travel Penticton’s “Real Time” social media campaign, which ran throughout July and August received much attention from business owners, members of the public and other tourism organizations. Executive Director, Thom Tischik explains; ‘2018 was a challenging year for tourism throughout BC, dealing with the physical and negative economic impact of forest fires in the province. While […]

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How to effectively ‘sell’ International Gateway Kelowna, Kelowna’s original language school (est. 2002) and Kelowna as a study destination. The weather and climate is one of the mildest and sunniest in Canada. That’s why Kelowna is Canada’s #1 resort and top retirement destination. Average 0C in January and 30C in August without the nasty humidity […]

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Indulge in the delicious Okanagan! Watermark Beach Resort’s unique Chef’s Table program. Treat yourself (and, okay, you can invite some friends, too!) to a delectable, memorable evening. Our private chef will create an exclusive, inspired dinner, paired with exceptional Okanagan wines. Enjoy fresh, local flavours and top-tier service in the privacy of your own suite. The Chef’s […]

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It was unbelievable to see so much rock came down on Highway 97 north of Summerland over the past 10 days and even more incredible that no one was injured. The magnitude of the fault running 50 meters in both directions of the original slide location can hardly be fathomed. As someone who travels this route […]

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Welcome to Route 97! Where the freedom of the open road meets the North Central Washington and the Thompson Okanagan of British Columbia regions.. Be curious, explore Route 97 and all it has to offer 2019 Route 97 Road Trip Guide & Map Advertising still available now Book Your Ad Now Deadline for booking is February […]

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The Kamloops Symphony is going to the movies! Their next concert features a program filled with symphonic film music favourites. There are two performances of this highly entertaining concert; Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 in Sagebrush Theatre. The power of music to enhance the emotions in a scene goes back well […]

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The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is best known for providing financial assistance to hospitality industry members who are facing an extraordinary medical crisis, but the charitable organization also helps develop the next generation of industry members by offering a range of scholarships. BCHF Industry Scholarships This is a legacy scholarship to support families in the […]

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Michael Alexander is tired and cold, but what he is working on these past few days might just be the best ice wine ever. The winemaker says the team at Summerhill Pyramid Winery started picking for ice wine late Sunday and started processing the fruit around midnight. “It is actually quite amazing with how warm […]

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International Gateway Kelowna is very pleased to welcome a group of 24 university students from Nagoya for the 8th year in a row for a 3 week customized ESL+Customer Service and Volunteer Program. Students will be volunteering in the community for 1 week at a number of local businesses and non profit organizations. The students […]

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Service For All is a unique course around customer service in today’s diverse environment, teaching the concepts of accommodating those with different needs and interacting with customers of all identities. Students will learn about best practices around customers from various backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to: Different generations (e.g. boomers, Gen X, millennials, […]

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It’s almost unbelievable that it has already been a year since the TIABC annual conference was hosted here in our region. This year the conference is being held in Vancouver from February 27 – March 1st and there is still plenty of time to register.  While there is always a multitude of excuses as to […]

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For over 20 years, the BC Tourism Industry Conference has been providing a forum for tourism businesses and stakeholders from around British Columbia to come together to learn from experts and each other about the key issues, challenges and best practices in the industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other tourism businesses, communities […]

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Whether you’re a seasoned craft beer connoisseur or a craft brew newcomer you won’t want to miss the 24th annual Okanagan Fest of Ale Craft Beer Festival! A favourite for patrons and participants alike for over 20 years, this must attend festival takes place at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre April 12th and 13th […]

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PRUNE & POUR $35.00* + applicable taxes Wine Club Member discount applies. Winter Pruning emphasizes pruning grape vines. Discover how to maintain plant health and reduce the spread of disease through proper pruning practices. We will also review different pruning methods that improve the quality and the yield of our crops. Only great grapes make […]

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Another ultra-low-cost carrier is going to be flying out of Kelowna. Canada Jetlines Ltd. announced Thursday it has reached an agreement with Kelowna International Airport to fly out of the Okanagan, subject to the completion of the airline licensing process and the receipt of applicable regulatory approvals. “The Okanagan region represents a very significant leisure […]

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In a repeat of last year’s win, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) was recognized by the World Travel Awards (WTA) as the 2019 North America’s Responsible Tourism Award. “This recognition is such an honour as it comes from tourism industry leaders from around the globe and reinforces the Association’s commitment to advancing the Region as a […]

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The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is pleased to announce it will receive 100% of the proceeds from a series of 3 intimate dinners held at L’Abattoir’s No.1 Gaoler’s Mews over the coming months. The dinners, each of which has only 8 seats available, will be collaborations between L’abattoir’s Chef Lee Cooper and internationally renowned chefs. In order […]

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Aldeias Históricas de Portugal used its presence at the Biosphere stand to share their best practices, resources, experiences and researches. The Executive Director of Aldeias Históricas, Dalila Marisa Dias and her team, signed with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, represented by its CEO and President Glenn Mandziuk, the Board Chair, Frank Antoine and the Vice President Ellen […]

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