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Book Now for the 2018/19 Cooperative Marketing Opportunities The Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide will be enhanced for the 2019 edition with a focus on Road Trip loops and businesses and activities surrounding them. Route97.net will be re-developed to showcase our Road Trips. Advertising will move away from the current Service Directory style to banner ads that will […]

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This past week, more than 200 stakeholders took the time to join us in Osoyoos for the Annual TOTA AGM and Summit. It was encouraging to see every area of our region represented and inspiring to realize the resiliency of our tourism industry and operators. Both 2018, and in turn 2017, presented our industry in […]

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A new hotel at a signature intersection in Kelowna appears to be on hold. In January of last year, city council approved a development permit for two six-storey towers and a multi-family apartment at the corner of highways 97 and 33. The hotel, featuring 200 rooms, would be run by the Marriott chain. However, with […]

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The longtime executive director of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has announced her resignation. Deb McClelland will be resigning from her role effective Dec. 31 of this year. “While the board will feel the loss to the Kamloops Chamber, they are confident that, with the team that Deb has assembled, the chamber will continue to […]

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Festive Boozy Brunch at Bonfire Restaurant Join us on Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 11:00am until 2:00pm for an adult only holiday boozy brunch. From Classic Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon to Bourbon Peach French toast, our Boozy Brunch menus are as inspired as they are delicious. Featuring a selection of brunch-appropriate cocktails – because […]

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Canadian Snowbirds – Flying South to the Beach At Watermark we know that “senior” has a whole new meaning these days. No longer are retirees relegated to boring, quiet winters, bundled up to keep out the cold. Our mature guests are active and engaged. Watermark snowbirds are a vibrant part of the Osoyoos community! Find […]

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Christmas Dinner at Bonfire Restaurant Let us take care of the cooking for your family and friends. Join us on Christmas Day for our delicious 3 course holiday dinner, which includes bubbly on arrival! $47 per person, plus taxes and gratuities, children 5 and under eat free. $29 per person for turkey entrée only, plus […]

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Festive Brunch at Bonfire Restaurant Join us on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 9:00am until 2:00pm for a classic holiday outing! Bring the family and enjoy a delicious holiday brunch buffet. $36.95 per adult, $34.95 per seniors, $17.95 per child, plus taxes and gratuities, children 5 and under eat free. Reservations required. For more information […]

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JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL KAMLOOPS WINE TRAIL HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 24TH AND 25TH FROM 11:00AM – 5:00PM!   Celebrate the season in “wine style”. A great opportunity to have some fun, taste some new wines and stock up on local favourites for your holiday entertaining and gift giving needs. Join us for complimentary wine tastings, […]

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Join us for our very first SUGAR COOKIE decorating party with Megan from Cocoa Dot Cakes!  We’re putting a Holiday twist on our workshop series with this fun and festive class; Situated in the gorgeous Monte Creek Ranch Winery tasting room, we will guide you through the painting process for four pretty designs on our […]

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A student team from Okanagan College School of Business was crowned the winner of the regional Winning Pitch competition at the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association Summit today (November 14). The Winning Pitch, organized and presented by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, is a post-secondary student case competition. This year, student teams had to develop […]

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As part of TOTA’s new research program that provides research services and information for communities and businesses check out the year-to-date visitation information to the Thompson Okanagan region. View the attached PDF for Research Information For more Information Contact: Simone Carlysle-Smith Managing Director, Symphony Tourism Services (TOTA) sts@totabc.com 778-721-5448

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2nd Annual Artwalk & Christmas Light Up Thursday, November 22nd from 5pm to 8pm Eight Gallery openings in one night, all in downtown Penticton! Tour the galleries, all within a few minutes from each other. Meet the artists and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Mix and mingle, share stories and learn what inspires them. Admission is […]

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Bob Calder has decided, after 30 years, to get out of the golf business. Calder, who along with longtime partner Norm Keglovic, opened Sunset Ranch Golf Course in 1990, has sold the property. The sale is effective Jan 1, 2019. Officials at the golf course would only say the course was sold to a local […]

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Mobilize Jobs will be coming your way next week, exhibiting at the TOTA AGM & Summit in Osoyoos from November 13-14. We invite you to visit our booth at the conference to learn how we can help you address labour shortages and recruitment of young Canadians from across the country. We are now preparing our […]

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Corporate Christmas Package Looking for a sparkling venue for your Corporate Christmas Celebrations? Look no further…  Sparkling Hill Resort offers the choice of buffet Christmas menus and a la carte options with the perfect event space to accommodate your group. GROUPS OF 10 – 30 Enjoy our owner’s clubroom: Gernot’s. An intimate room with a […]

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Big White is investing $10 million to expand staff housing. This first of four new staff accommodation buildings was completed earlier this fall, and seasonal staff are now moving in, preparing for opening day of the ski and board season, which is just two weeks away. The $3.5-million building opened up 48 more beds for […]

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They make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. The 59th Annual Vernon Winter Carnival is ramping up and tickets for all events go on sale Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. A Pirate’s Carnival runs Feb. 1-10, 2019 with and is presented by Valley First. “The lineup of events this year is absolutely amazing, said Vicki […]

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The trail formerly known as the Peterson Creek Multi-Use Pathway is ‘officially’ open, and it has a new name. The 1.7-kilometre long Xget’tem’ Trail has been accessed by cyclists and pedestrians for weeks, but on Monday (Nov. 5) mayor, council, city staff and community members gathered to cut the ribbon on the new path. The […]

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s annual Summit is just around the corner! This year’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we look forward to spending time with those of you who have signed up! If you haven’t, it’s not too late, and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, our […]

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After 2 years of working in collaboration, we could not have been more proud than hearing Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) CEO Keith Henry announce that Kelowna and the Thompson Okanagan as next year’s location for the International Indigenous Tourism Conference. While Kelowna will play host to the meetings make no mistake this will […]

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One of the Okanagan’s own chefs was recently celebrated on the national scale after his cookbook took home a silver medal in Toronto. Chef Rod Butters, co-owner of Raudz, Micro Bar & Bites and Sunny’s in Kelowna as well as Oliver’s Terrafina, published Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking in August 2017. This past […]

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Destination Osoyoos (DO) will be ending its role in economic development at the end of the year to focus its efforts on tourism and marketing. That’s when a five-year contract with the Town of Osoyoos that started in 2014 to provide economic development services expires. Kelley Glazer, executive director of DO, said the decision not […]

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Valemount’s Three Ranges Brewing Company won first place in the North American IPA beer category at the 9th Annual BC Beer Awards. Tail Slap IPA, brewed on 5th Avenue in Valemount, won the judge’s favour over second place finisher Jagged Face from Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company. Third place went to Axe & Barrel Brewing Co’s […]

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