Manic Monday – April 25, 2016

Midnight Musings from our CEO

“Prince”, “The Artist” and/or “The Artist formerly known as Prince” lived by many names but at birth his name was Prince Rogers Nelson and this past week we lost this remarkable artist at the far too young age of 57. Prince wrote over 155 songs from Purple Rain to Nothing Compares 2 U but among the many hit songs he wrote was none other than Manic Monday and for this reason we did not want to let his passing go without comment.

And on that note we bring you this weeks Manic Monday….

As I embark on a series of meetings over the next few days in Montreal at Rendevouz Canada, I can not help but recognize the fact that there is no better way to connect and learn than through face to face / in person exchanges. Despite the reality of today’s world where almost everything you need to know is literally a mouse click away, studies actually indicate that when we come together, whether it be in meetings, conferences or summits, our ability to absorb the information presented in a more meaningful way is greatly heightened.  There are a wide variety of reasons that have been identified as to why this improved learning occurs but among the following have been noted as the top five:

  • Increased engagement in messaging
  • Enhanced ability for clarifying information
  • Improved participation through interaction
  • Greater efficiency in delivery of subject matter
  • Learning through body language and message delivery

So while we may be able to find much of what we need to know online there is no substitute for the benefits derived from actually attending events.

This spring there are two great opportunities to get engaged in your industry through conferences that are coming to the Thompson Okanagan for the first time.

May 7th – 9th the BC Hotel Association Summit (BCHS) will be held in Kelowna (read more) and May 24-26 the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) will be holding their conference at Sun Peaks (read more). We encourage all of our stakeholders to look at these two outstanding opportunities to meet with industry colleagues, understand the key issues facing the tourism industry and learn from an excellent line up of guest speakers.

A Few Highlights This Weeks News Centre

There is a lot to celebrate this week as recognizes Watermark Beach Resort as the only hotel in Canada under Best in Class for Beach Hotels (read more); Grand Forks Celebrates 35th anniversary of their international baseball tournament (read more) and Sparkling Hill offers special packages as they celebrate their 6th birthday (read more). Make sure to save the date for the TOTA Road Shows commencing May 2nd (read more) and register now for the BC Hotel Association Summit (read more).

Read all of this weeks New Centre stories at

We hope you keep following and contributing on TOTA’s Facebook and twitter sites throughout the week; send us your stories, photos, events  and remarkable experiences. Make sure the industry knows what is happening around our region.

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