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I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone in the region of the International Indigenous Tourism Conference that is taking place in Kelowna in just a short few weeks, November 12th -14th. It is already the largest conference that the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) has hosted and will be a tremendous opportunity to learn more about Indigenous […]

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We are very pleased this week to officially launch the new TOTABC.org corporate website. This site has been designed and developed by our corporate communications contractor Niki Kennedy and supported by each member of the team. It offers a fresh new look incorporating the organization’s refreshed brand and strong visual elements that are streamlined for an industry-first […]

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[LAKE COUNTRY, BRITISH COLUMBIA] O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars is excited to announce the addition of Winemaker Nikki Callaway and General Manager Heather Courtney to the team. Esteemed winemaker, Nikki Callaway, joins the team as winemaker for O’Rourke Family Estates. Having proven her talents through significant roles at major British Columbia wineries Mission Hill, Quails’ Gate, and […]

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Baby Riel, just 8 months old, underwent a 10 hour surgery for the removal of a brain tumour. Most of the mass was removed, but some still remains in the brain stem. Riel suffered a bone infection after the surgery and pathology results have diagnosed him with cancer. Riel will start chemo treatments August long […]

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Big White Ski Resort is honoured to be included as a finalist for the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s Pursuit Attraction & Adventure Award. The award, presented annually, recognizes a Canadian organization that provides outstanding outdoor adventure tourism experiences. “For many years, Big White Ski Resort was known simply as a regional mountain in the […]

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For Immediate Release October 9, 2019 Celebrate Penticton Beer Week – October 19-26, 2019 Penticton, BC. Celebrate in Penticton at the first annual Penticton Beer Week, running from October 19-26th. This festival will be a special celebration of Penticton’s local craft beer industry. Penticton Beer Week is presented by Super Deluxe Creative. Penticton is becoming well […]

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Scarecrows will soon do more than keep crows away from crops in the Spallumcheen area. The 19th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival and the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring ‘Scarecrows on the Street’ where local businesses and residents can compete in creating a unique scarecrow display. Display, window or property decorations should fit the […]

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For Additional Information and Visitor Breakdown by Explorer Type (EQ) read the full report here: Thompson Okanagan Summer 2019 Summary The Number of Summer Domestic Minimum One-Night stays increased by 1,016,550 or 34% when comparing Summer 2018 to Summer 2019. The increase is consistent across all Provinces. The Number of Summer International Minimum One-Night stays […]

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Voting is something that should be taken seriously. Sadly, as the numbers show, many people don’t take the time to participate in the election process. This is true not just of Federal, Provincial and Municipal elections, but many other opportunities that present themselves where individuals have a chance to cast a ballot. There are two […]

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Penticton, September 25, 2019 – Researchers from the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Kwantlen Polytechnic University are seeking public participation to help them understand the demand for local food in Okanagan restaurants. Starting today and through to the end of October, Okanagan residents are being asked to complete a 10-minute online survey about their preferences […]

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A record number of restaurants are competing for bragging rights in Armstrong this year ahead of the 7th Annual Cheese! It’s A Natural event on November 2. 5 restaurants have put together an amazing selection of grilled cheese sandwiches and each of them hopes theirs will be the ‘2019 People’s Choice’. Only criteria? Made using […]

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Monday, September 30, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Who: Davison Orchards What: Family Pumpkin Festival When: Weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) in October, 2019 Where: 3111 Davison Road Vernon BC Pick of the Patch at Davison Orchards Visitors who arrive on the first weekend of the annual Family Pumpkin Festival at Davison Orchards get first dibs or […]

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The IITC taking place in Kelowna November 12th – 15th is a tremendous opportunity for tourism stakeholders in the Thompson Okanagan Region and beyond to hear the latest trends in our industry and connect with Indigenous Communities and Individuals to explore the conversations around collaboration. Often we hear that industry is uncertain of how to approach potential […]

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Valemount College is now accepting applications for the First Nations Cultural Tourism Certificate, a 24-week program starting January 6, 2020. Overview:  Share the unique Indigenous culture of the Interior First Nations people through the First Nations Cultural Tourism Program. This program provides graduates with a foundation in tourism, interpretation, Interior First Nations Culture, and natural history. […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Cait Wills into the position of Travel Media and Storyteller Specialist. The position will marry the media relations and stakeholder relations priorities of the organization while focusing on the development of consumer-facing content that both enhances education and increases visits to the […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has been nominated for the World’s Responsible Tourism Award 2019 in the 26th Annual World Travel Awards. TOTA was the recipient of the 2018 award and was named the 2019 Winner for North America earlier this year for our work and commitment to sustainability. The World Travel Awards is a renowned […]

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Biosphere Training Workshops We are pleased to be hosting another Global Sustainable Tourism Council training workshop this fall in the Central Okanagan. The half-day workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 16th, exact venue TBD. Having a quality, inclusive training that is adapted to the real needs of the destination is an essential part of tourism sustainability. […]

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For me, September always feels like a new year and this also means back to school for many making it the perfect time for industry workshops. “Life-Long Learning” is not only a great phrase but more importantly a reminder to us all that now, more than ever, each of us need to continue to keep […]

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Regional Monthly Highlights: Read the full report here: Thompson Okanagan Monthly Overview – August Update Total Visitation from Canadian travellers to the Thompson Okanagan Region increased by 76% in August 2019. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are the top 4 Visitor Origin Locations. BC visitation increased by 101% in August Alberta visitation increased by 55% […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has entered into a unique digital technology partnership with ‘Canada’s leading content creation company,’ Bell Media. Bell Media Mobile launched a Route 97 Digital Mobile Campaign on September 15, utilizing proprietary mobile technology in layered targeting strategies. This competitive advantage allows Bell Media to employ historical geo-targeting to remarket […]

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Watermark Shines in the Autumn Light This is the golden season in the South Okanagan. Come down to the Beach and start enjoy-ing the sunshine and the adventure! Explore our beautiful region: hik-ing, bik-ing, paddl-ing, tast-ing, and more! Discover the bounty of flavours, here! The freshest pick of the harvest. The new vintages of world-class […]

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The 23rd United Nations World Tourism Organization ((UNWTO) Annual General Assembly in both Saint Petersburg and Moscow, Russia has now come to an end and for TOTA there are a number of key highlights. First, it is my great pleasure to share that TOTA was: Formally approved and ratified by the Executive Council of the UNWTO […]

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The Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program is focused on building the capacity and financial mechanisms to support conservation, one way we are working towards this goal is the establishment and support of community conservations funds. Conservation Funds are a dedicated source of funding for the specific purpose of undertaking environmental conservation projects. Funds help communities ensure […]

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Kelowna, British Columbia – Monday, the Western Economic Diversification Canada announced up to $100,000 in funding for Kelowna Pride Society through the Canadian Experiences Fund. Blake Edwards, Co-President of the Kelowna Pride Society, announced on Wednesday that the funding would be used towards the Kelowna Pride Festival and a new event called Out in the […]

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Moccasin Trails, an emerging Indigenous Tourism Company owned by TOTA Indigenous Specialist, Greg Hopf, and Board Chair, Frank Antoine, are launching a West Kelowna Cultural Tour. After running successful canoe tours throughout the Shuswap, the 100% Indigenous-owned business is thrilled to be bringing a tour to the Central Okanagan. Moccasin Trails specializes in taking guests […]

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The Honeycrisp apples have arrived and they are as sweet as ever. Davison Honeycrisp apples are by far the most requested variety of apples but there is an abundance of varieties to choose from. Over 20 different types of apples are grown at Davison Orchards, everything from the original McIntosh variety to the more modern […]

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Gift yourself the gift of good planning this year.   The sun is still brilliantly shining here at Watermark, but the holidays will be upon us before we know it!   Let us host your Christmas party this year!   With a variety of catering packages, venues, and events options, Watermark Beach Resort is the […]

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It is a tremendous honour to have been invited to attend the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) 23rd General Assembly taking place this week in St Petersburg, Russia. There is representation at these meetings from around the world with more than 150 countries taking part. The focus will be on sustainable, responsible tourism development and […]

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PRESS RELEASE September 9, 2019  Fermented Dining and the Central Okanagan Food Bank are pleased to announce the return of the Fork and Spoon Gala, one of last year’s most unique fundraisers. 14 of the top rated local Chefs will be cooking a 9 course tasting menu, as well as a black box canape competition […]

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