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March 20, 2020 We understand that these are extremely challenging times for you, your business, your staff, and your family. Please know our team is working hard to ensure we are communicating your needs to the Provincial Government, and to support you in any way we can. At this time, we would like to share […]

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Midnight Musings from our CEO NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK #BCTourismMatters   May 24th – 31st, we celebrate National Tourism Week in Canada, and this year more than ever we need to highlight the importance of our tourism industry in the Canadian economy. The trickle-down effect of tourism businesses and operators unable to open or struggling to […]

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UPCOMING WEBINARS WEEK 5/25/2020   Webinar on Using Social Media to Support Re-Opening – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday 5/26/2020 Social has been and will continue to be, the most effective way to educate, inspire, and communicate with our audience of guests. Now, however, is a special time with special considerations Our communities are more important […]

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Domestic Overnight Visitors – Year over Year Variation 2019 – 2020 Review the Thompson Okanagan Visitor Insight Report here (For week ending May 17, 2020): Thompson Okanagan Measuring Regional Travel Patterns The  Measuring Canadian Travel Patterns research data created by Environics Analytics helps the Canadian travel and tourism industry understand the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic […]

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WorkSafeBC Health & Safety Guidelines Webinar Friday May 22nd, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. The Thomson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) invite you to join us for a WorkSafeBC Health & Safety Guidelines Webinar as part of our ongoing industry support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Tourism Resiliency Network Program. In advance of WorkSafeBC’s development of health […]

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UPCOMING WEBINARS WEEK 5/11/2020   Return to Work Webinar: Employment Law and COVID-19 – 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday 5/13/2020 This Webinar will be featuring a team of lawyers from the law firm Fasken, who will provide information and advice on how to respond to changes employers are facing and how to properly prepare for the ‘new normal’ […]

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Return to Work Webinar: Employment Law & COVID-19  Wednesday May 13th, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) invite you to join us for a Return to Work Webinar focusing on Employment Law and COVID-19 as part of our ongoing industry support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Tourism Resiliency Network Program. This Webinar […]

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Register Now for this upcoming Tourism Industry Webinar presented by Now Media Group and hosted by Rob Cupello,  live streaming on Thursday May 7th, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Featured Panelists including Ingrid Jarrett, BC Hotel Association, Michael J Ballingall, Big White Ski Resort and Miles Prodan, BC Wine Institute. ***Click this link to Register *** […]

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Reputation Management Webinar – Tuesday May 5th, 2020 – 10:00 am. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) invite you to join us for a Reputation Management Webinar hosted by the BCRTS as part of our ongoing industry support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Tourism Resiliency Network Program. This webinar, presented by Deirdre Campbell, Managing Director, Canada […]

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We are cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a careful, but positive opportunity for our accommodation businesses to implement a “new” normal approach as they find alternate ways to welcome guests. It cannot be stated enough that our industry must practice rigorous adherence to these guidelines as we continue to monitor and work to minimize the impacts of COVID-19.   Updated […]

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Midnight Musings from our CEO New Program to Support Tourism Industry For most of our tourism industry, this is the 8th week of our provincial shut down as we all do our best to follow the direction of  Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Over the initial few […]

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History Assures Us This Too Will End It is Easter Monday and no matter how you might normally celebrate this holiday weekend, whatever your beliefs, rituals or plans most of us have had to find alternatives to long-standing traditions. Travel is at a standstill, we are not visiting family or friends, gatherings whether in a formal […]

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For every one of us, no matter where we live or what industry we are working in, there is tremendous anxiety as we navigate this current and developing pandemic situation. Business losses are mounting daily, while people’s livelihoods, savings, and futures are all in question. We are worried about our financial health, personal health, mental health and […]

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Amidst the uncertainty surrounding the COVID‑19 pandemic we remained heartened by Canada’s business community and the stories of people, institutions, businesses and governments coming together to support each other. Normally in springtime we are on the road, sharing the message of why Canada is the best place to host business events, but this year, like […]

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As part of an ongoing effort to remain current on various government business support programs, this morning TIABC attended a webinar hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on accessing government funding . Among other things, we learned that similar programs have been announced in 104 countries so far, and just like here in Canada, details […]

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Read the Summary Report Here: 2018-2019 Thompson Okanagan Visitation Summary Read the full report here: Thompson Okanagan – 2019 Year in Review Spring Visitor Highlights Throughout Spring 2018 the Thompson Okanagan saw an average of 424,600 Domestic Unique Visitation per month. During the same time period in 2019 the Region saw an average of 349,700 Domestic […]

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Read the Full Report Here: Thompson Okanagan – 2018 Visitor Highlights Summary Thompson Okanagan 2018 Seasonal Year in Review – British Columbia  Domestic Average Monthly Visitation The Peak season for average monthly BC visitation in 2018 is Summer, followed by Spring, Winter and Fall. Vancouver dominates in visitor origin across all four seasons. Although Free Spirits […]

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Once again it has been a very challenging week for the entire world and we know, here in the Thompson Okanagan, it has been extremely difficult for all of our tourism industry, small and large. Over the course of the past several days, our TOTA team together with members of the regional Community DMO’s, have […]

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March 27, 2020 I want to start by thanking everyone who has provided feedback, offered support, and stayed engaged as we gather information about the impacts of COVID-19 to communities, businesses and people. I continue to brief my Cabinet colleagues frequently and your feedback has helped me paint a fuller picture of the impacts of […]

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The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) recognizes that during these uncertain times, its shared singular focus for 2020-2021 must be on COVID-19 recovery and preparing for future tourism seasons. Because of this, ITAC has created the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund, dedicated to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous tourism businesses by affecting positive […]

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TIAC continues to advocate for the tourism sector daily. We are committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date information to help businesses navigate this difficult time. March 27, 2020  TIAC’s Work Today’s official announcements “to help small businesses keep more employees on payroll” represent a significant win for the industry, with new measures […]

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Destination Canada will be hosting regular webinars to share our approach amid the COVID-19 situation and will continue to invite industry partners, representatives from government as well as applicable businesses to provide the most up-to-date information and resources. When: Wednesday April 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET Speakers: The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official […]

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Make the most of this time of social distancing and take the opportunity to get back to your hobbies, catch up on reading, or even learn a new skill! You can upgrade your skills and knowledge without ever leaving your couch with online and distance learning courses like SuperHost, Foundations of Workplace Safety, and FOODSAFE […]

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YKAStrong Launches Online Resources For Immediate Release March 27, 2020, Kamloops, British Columbia – The newly activated YKAStrong campaign has launched online resources to deliver relevant and timely information and provide important and necessary tools for Kamloops businesses and residents to endure the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is spearheaded by Kamloops business leaders working collectively to […]

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The Government of Canada is focused on helping Canadians and businesses through this tough economic time. We will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians, while supporting families and businesses and keeping our economy strong in the face of uncertainty. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures to support small […]

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Provincial Government’s COVID-19 Action Plan The Action Plan, announced on March 23, focuses on services to protect the health and safety of British Columbians, provide immediate relief to individuals and businesses, and position our province for economic recovery over the long term. The $5 billion plan explains the financial supports available in response to COVID-19 including several actions that individual […]

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Madrid, Spain, 27 March 2020 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to […]

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We have been informed that WorkSafeBC has decided to allow employers to defer payment of their Q1 2020 premiums by three months. This means employers who report payroll and make payments on a quarterly basis, as well as Personal Optional Protection (POP) coverage holders, can defer payment until June 30, 2020. Employers who report annually will […]

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary events including extraordinary people like you. That’s why you’re invited to B.C.’s Big At Home Picnic!  How does the Big At Home Picnic work? On Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 PDT, wash your hands, lay down a blanket and set up a picnic area in your home. This could be your living room, balcony, […]

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