Penticton is open for business

It was a packed house at the TRUE Penticton tourism trade show on Tuesday.

Opened to the public for the first time, Think Remarkable Unique Experience attendees perused more than 40 booths at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.

“This is a trade show we put on for employees in and around Penticton in the service industry and also for the general public to come in and check out what we’ve got going on in Penticton, especially if you want to entertain guests,” said Travel Penticton executive director Thom Tischik.

“To celebrate local vendors, give them exposure, to cater to people living in Penticton. In the first 30 minutes we’ve had 114 come in, so that is really good. More vendors than last year too.”

Among the booths were a group of vendors in high spirits.

“We’ve never participated before but they opened it to the public this year and there are a lot of people here so it is great,” said Don Kendall, Penticton Peach Festival president.

“Tourism is pretty important to Penticton, it truly is a tourist town.”

As owner of both The Peach and Loco Landing, Diana Stirling was pleased with Tuesday’s attendance.

“It is a time for us all in tourism to showcase what we are doing and have the community come out to see what the latest and greatest is,” said Stirling.

“This is the second year Travel Penticton has hosted it and the turnout is fantastic. I think it is an opportunity for people to see, in one place, all of the things that tourism stakeholders are doing in our amazing community.”

Okanagan Wibit and Penticton Boat Rentals Owner/Operator Ryan Gallagher said the trade show was going very well.

“A lot of public have come in this year versus before when it was more industry. A lot of people this year have Airbnbs or VBROs and want to have information for incoming guests,” said Gallagher.

“It is neat to meet people in different business that cater to tourists in the Okanagan,”

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