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We, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, are pleased to announce that we have been nominated for the North America’s Responsible Tourism Award! The World Travel Awards voting is now open with the deadline approaching in a few months. The World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism […]

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With the sudden and shocking announcement of Greyhound ending service in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan the news media has had continuous and widespread commentary on the many reasons why and how this could possibly have happened. It is almost inconceivable that this long standing and once very prosperous organization finds itself in the position of […]

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A popular website dedicated to all things beer is raving about Penticton’s burgeoning craft beer industry and the City as an outdoor tourism mecca. The website BC Ale Trail has recently published an article called The Penticton Ale Trail – One of B.C.’s Best Kept Craft Beer Secrets. The article starts with, “The name Penticton […]

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Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, Grizzli Winery is the first stop on Kelowna’s Westside Wine Trail. The estate features award-winning architecture and an internationally recognized wine portfolio. On Saturday June 30th and Sunday July 1st, Grizzli Winery welcomed over 2000 visitors for an Open House in celebration of Canada 151. Each day […]

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The Okanagan Valley is swiftly gaining recognition as a premier wine-growing region on the international stage. The area is known for its intense growing season – with higher and longer daytime temperatures than other neighbouring regions. The dry and moderate climate and distinct soil provides exceptional growing conditions for grapes. In fact, the Okanagan region […]

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EIKEN is an abbreviation of Jitsuyo Eigo Gino Kentei (Test in Practical English Proficiency), one of the most widely used English-language testing programs in Japan. It is offered at 7 levels: Grade 1, Grade Pre-1, Grade 2, Grade Pre-2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5. The total number of examinees since 1963 exceeds 95 […]

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Acclaimed British Columbia winery Vanessa Vineyard has brought home a combined nine honours from three prestigious international competitions — an exceptional feat for a winery of such relative youth. The 2018 edition of the All Canadian Wine Championships (Canada’s oldest wine competition), held June 12 – 14 in Prince Edward County, Ontario, awarded three medals […]

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Join WorkSafeBC and other employers in your region to learn more about the proposed 2019 rates for your industry, injury trends in British Columbia, and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate. Attendance is free, but registration is required to reserve your seat. Kelowna – July 18, 2018 Kamloops […]

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We are proud to announce that this year’s golf tournament theme is “Drive” for Sustainability, celebrating the Thompson Okanagan’s successful attainment of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Look out for contests and prizes along the way! Early Bird Registration Prize: Register yourself, or a team of four, before July 30th for a chance to […]

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If all goes to plan, Penticton’s first downtown winery will be open this weekend. Assuming TIME Winery passes its final inspections this week to obtain its occupancy permit, the business should be able to hold a soft opening Saturday (July 7). Christa-Lee McWatters Bond says construction delays associated with transforming the former Penmar Theatre into […]

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A Kelowna winery has been rated No. 1 in Canada with users on Trip Advisor. The rankings, released Thursday, show the Okanagan Villa Estate Winery and Vibrant Vine Tasting Room at the top of the list of the 21 top wineries in the country. Owner Wyn Lewis said he is thrilled with the recognition from […]

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Watch the Research Video here: Digital assistants and the future of emerging technology in Canada The digital assistant—already being used by 17% of millennials—is poised to reshape Canadians’ lives in the coming years by helping them navigate the internet more naturally than ever before. Key Highlights Include: 89% of Canadians 16+ use the internet. Globally, 77% […]

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Read the Full Article Here: No regrets: The 3 things driving the research-obsessed consumer Today, people can—and do—optimize their lives. Whether it’s taking a vacation or going out to dinner, people curate their experiences before they go. It helps them get excited, lets them feel more confident and less anxious, and makes them feel like they’re […]

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Thirty of the world’s top slopestyle mountain bike riders will show off their finest airborne tricks at Big White Ski Resort, July 4-7, 2018. The pro riders are competing in the first Big White Invitational Slopestyle competition, a sanctioned event that is the newest addition to the Freeride Mountain Bike Association (FMBA) World Tour. The […]

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Read the full report here: Unpacking Bleisure Traveller Trends Methodology: Expedia Group Media Solutions commissioned a study, conducted by Luth Research, to unpack the behaviors, influences, resources and preferences of American, British, Chinese, German and Indian bleisure travelers – or business travelers who extend their trip for leisure. Key Highlights Include: On average across the five countries over the last year 60% […]

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Sun Peaks, BC (June 28, 2018) – Music in the Mountains is coming to Sun Peaks, August 25-26, 2018. Spanning two days, the weekend of free outdoor concerts will feature award-winning Canadian headliners, Dan Mangan and Bedouin Soundclash. Two-time JUNO award winner and two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter, Dan Mangan, returns to Sun […]

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Singer-Songwriter Stephen Fearing

The Ryga Festival is thrilled to present an intimate evening with Juno Award winning musician Stephen Fearing, whose latest  album, Every Soul’s a Sailor,  made him the Contemporary Singer of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Stephen Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring such musical guests as Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard […]

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Jenny Long of the Long Gallery & Studios is pleased to be hosting Vancouver Contemporary Artist Peter Ricq. This Solo Exhibit opens July 12th 5-8pm and will run through August 4. This is the first out of town guest artist’s whose work is being shown at The Long Gallery + Studios. Jenny comments, I am […]

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After almost seven years we said farewell to our friend and colleague Howard Grieve, who officially retired from TOTA and his role in Travel Trade and Media this past Friday, June 29th.  Howard was a dedicated tourism professional whom we all enjoyed working with and who will be missed by our entire team, his associates […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is hoping a historic designation awarded last fall is going to raise not the quantity of tourists in the area but the quality, says its president. “We’re not pursuing mass tourism,” says Glenn Mandziuk, president and CEO of TOTA. “We’re not trying to sell our soul to tourism for the sake of tourism. We […]

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Expedia Media Solutions released their study on Canadian travellers profiling Generation Z (18-23) Millennials (24-35), Generation X (36-55) and Boomers (55+). Read the full report here: Canadian-Multi-Generational-Travel-Trends Key Highlights include: Millennials take the most trips, while boomers are not travelling as frequently as other generations, they make up for it in length Millennials and Boomers […]

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Watermark Beach Resort is so fortunate to have Ingrid Jarrett at the helm. Ingrid’s unique approach to hotel management has led her to success after success in this industry. Her passion for BC and all of its delights have helped to bring our province (and especially the South Okanagan) into a global spotlight. Now, Ingrid […]

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