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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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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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Starting November 1, Hotel 540 in Kamloops will shut its doors for five months due to renovations. At the beginning of this year, the Kamloops-based National Hospitality Group announced a franchise agreement that would transform the hotel at 540 Victoria St. into a Delta by Marriott property by next spring. Along with the rebrand, the hotel is […]

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Need a quick getaway this season? Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos has just the thing! From now through April 30th, 2019, Watermark is offering the Quickie Promo Rate. Indulge in a Studio City View suite and a $50 dining credit for The Restaurant at Watermark, for $159* per night  Use the code “quickie” when you […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) along with its core partners Indigenous Tourism of British Columbia (ITBC), Tourism Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Shackan Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, were chosen as the successful bidder to host the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) in Kelowna, British Columbia in 2019. […]

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Monte Creek Ranch Winery, located just outside of Kamloops, BC, is honored to announce that they took home the TRU Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts & Tourism and Tourism Kamloops Tourism & Hospitality Award at the 32nd annual Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business of Excellence Awards. Award Criteria: This Kamloops-area business or organization must offer […]

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The Caron Business Solutions team is joining forces with other suppliers to the Winery trade at the inaugural for-ti-fy Business Conference and Tradeshow presented by the Business Alliance for Artisan Fermenters and Distillers, November 7 in Penticton. Stop by our booth, #22 and see how our Caron Winery Solution – a fully integrated software package, can […]

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Indigenous tourism in B.C. has hit an all-time high. A new report shows that customers spend more than $705 million a year on tourism businesses run by First Nations in the province. There are currently 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in B.C., up from 267 in 2014, according to the study conducted by O’Neil Marketing and Consulting. Together, the businesses create 7,400 full-time jobs. The bulk of them are in […]

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You’re invited to Kelowna’s Largest Office Christmas Party, a big holiday party for your small business! We’ve done the planning for you, so all you need to do is bring your team to this incredible evening of holiday celebrations! The event includes: • Cocktail Reception • Holiday Surprises • Chefs Hat Decorating Contest – most […]

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Don’t miss go2HR’s annual Student Industry Rendezvous 2019, the biggest student/employer networking event in BC’s tourism industry! Sold out every year, Rendezvous brings together students, educators, and employers in tourism and hospitality from all over BC for conversations that spark ideas, kick-start careers, and inspire businesses. What happens at Rendezvous? It’s where you can… Connect […]

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Are You Hearing Jingle Bells? ‘Tis the season to plan your group’s Christmas party at Watermark Beach Resort. There are so many reasons why hosting your holiday event on the lake in beautiful Osoyoos is the right choice! Festive Feasts. Beautiful spaces. Inspiring views.  Professional event planners. We’ll make any sized party easy and memorable. Customize […]

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BCsBestLiveMusic.ca, which offers opportunities for musicians to gain exposure and perform, was launched on Tuesday October 23. The website, which covers the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lillooet, also helps promote venues that support live music and helps visitors and residents find live music. BCsBestLiveMusic.ca is supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, […]

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SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality is a comprehensive, practical introduction to the principles of providing a quality service experience. This one-day course is ideal for people who are either entering the workforce for the first time or after a significant break, or are fairly new at working in a front-line, customer-facing role. Date: November 26, […]

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We are just two weeks until this year’s TOTA AGM and Summit will be taking place in Osoyoos and we hope if you have not yet registered to attend that you will do so today! Once again, we believe the lineup of speakers and panels will be informative and interesting and that you gain valuable […]

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Tourism Valemount is receiving a 150% increase in funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative. At last Tuesday’s council meeting economic development officer, Silvio Gislimberti sought permission to develop a strategy to qualify for the funding. Until 2018 Valemount was receiving $40,000 per year, now they will receive $100,000. Apart from $10,000 that can be used […]

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Register Now! 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, […]

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