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At the risk of sounding like my parents, I cannot believe that we have just completed another successful Rendezvous Canada Tradeshow. It feels like only weeks ago that our team returned from last year’s event in Calgary, and we have now once again completed a remarkable week of meetings and networking in Halifax. For those […]

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Summer play at the Sun Peaks Resort Golf Course is coming fast! Our team has been out on the course mowing greens and reclaiming fairways from the rapidly retreating snow, getting us ready for our targeted opening day on Saturday, May 26. With 2018 memberships now on sale and just a few more weeks before you can hit the links again, […]

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Okanagan Nation Aquatic Enterprises Ltd. (OAE) has completed the construction of a new Salmon & Seafood storefront. Tour agencies can book times to stop by the storefront to sample smoked Salmon treats, while learning about the artisanal Indigenous commercial fishery and the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Okanagan Sockeye recovery program. Salmon tasting selections from our three Indigenous […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new sustainability initiative for regional tourism stakeholders and communities that will continue to put emphasis towards responsible tourism development practices, upholding our region’s commitment to its importance. During the Central Okanagan Tourism Industry Showcase, a collaborative event between Tourism Kelowna, the […]

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Penticton city council is giving its support to the idea of a boutique hotel in a vineyard on the Naramata Bench. Tony and Barbara Holler, owners of Poplar Grove Winery, are hoping to build a 20-room, four-storey hotel on a piece of land adjacent to their winery at 468 Lower Bench Rd. The land is […]

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From May 27 to Jun 2, Tourism Week is a time to acknowledge the operators, employees, suppliers, destination marketing organizations, visitor centres and others who contribute to this important industry. Stakeholders from every community are encouraged to spread the word about the power of tourism in British Columbia and join the concerted effort to showcase […]

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Tourism officials in British Columbia’s southern Interior are hoping that flooding and evacuations won’t discourage tourists from visiting over the Victoria Day long weekend. While rivers such as the Similkameen, West Kettle, Kettle, Okanagan and Granby have been flooding, and evacuation orders have been issued, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association says there’s still lots for […]

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The 21st annual Meadowlark Nature Festival opens today (May 17) in the South Okanagan, with the first day of more than 70 tours and talks across the region. The ever-popular event attracts “Meadowlarkers” from across Western Canada, giving people a chance to experience the spectacular beauty of the South Okanagan guided by local experts on […]

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Looking for a sunny getaway this May? Watermark Beach Resort is just the place! The beautiful South Okanagan is in bloom, and everything’s coming up roses (and grapes, and apples, and peaches, and cherries…)! It’s the perfect time of year to: Hop on a bike and explore the surrounding wineries and hillside trails Take in a round […]

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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release To all industry stakeholders and DMO’s, Warm temperatures and a higher than usual snowpack have contributed to rising water and flooding through some parts of the Thompson Okanagan Region. With current temperatures set to continue to remain high a second surge of water from melting snow is due this week, […]

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One of the first steps to becoming COR-certified is to identify an internal Certificate of Recognition (COR) program champion who will lead the process for your organization and become a knowledgeable resource about the COR process. The COR Internal Auditor is an employee of a company who completes the auditor training for the purpose of […]

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We have been here before and not that many months ago. Our lakes, rivers, and streams are rising and many of our communities throughout the Thompson Okanagan are facing significant challenges with high water, road closures, and evacuations. These are real and serious situations and we all need to help and support our friends and […]

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Liquidity Wines is excited to once again partner with Okanagan College in presenting Wine Talks, an engaging lecture series which provides attendees with expert intel on wine marketing and a host of relevant topics facing the industry. Liquidity’s fourth instalment of Wine Talks will be led by keynote speaker Steve Warner, president and CEO of […]

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Spring is finally in the air and that means we are approaching the start of the recreational boating season. We hope you will join Boating BC Association in celebrating the occasion in your community and region. This year, our Association was successful in having the Province officially proclaim May 14-19 BC Boating Week. This is […]

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Having a strong family heritage is not something to be taken for granted. Seeing the passion and legacy of farming passed down to the 4th generation is not only a joy, but a rarity; less than 5% of family businesses stay in the family. With that in mind, the Davison’s feel blessed to be able […]

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It’s almost mission complete for the Okanagan Rail Trail. A $7.8-million fundraising target set nearly two years ago seemed almost insurmountable, but donations from individuals, clubs and businesses have brought it within reach. And, thanks to a generous contribution from a local family, plus a recent funding pledge from the federal government, the trail between Vernon […]

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The B.C. government is proposing legislative amendments that would change the names of three provincial parks. The province says the new names will better reflect the historic and cultural significance of the parks as part of reconciliation efforts with Indigenous people. Brooks Peninsula Park on Vancouver Island will be renamed to Mquqwin/Brooks Peninsula Park. Mquqwin means “The […]

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If you’re hoping to find a campsite without a reservation this season, you might want to pack some Tylenol. The hunt for a last-minute camping spot for the upcoming Victoria Day weekend is sure to cause some headaches — nearly 100,000 reservations for campsites in B.C. parks have been booked since January, up 13 per cent from the same time last year. Many […]

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On May 19, the official grand opening of the Kelowna Paddle Trail will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will feature Kelowna’s largest floatila (water parade). The approximately 27km Trail is a unique way to explore the lake and offer a fun way to visit some of Kelowna’s beaches and parks. Paddlers […]

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In tourism we talk a lot about what differentiates us from other locations in the world. Our Iconic products, the authenticity of our story and shared history, the activities which provide opportunities to expand personal horizons, and of course, our culinary offerings which bring the bounty of our land to our plate and glass. I […]

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