TOTA once again presents new export ready products to over 100 Receptive Tour Operators
Every two years, Destination BC organizes a travel trade event for receptive tour operators (RTOs) based in the greater Vancouver area. Explore BC (formerly Discover BC) is a half day event that connects regional Destination Marketing Organizations with receptive tour operators and allows them to present new export ready products for consideration for tour groups and FIT itineraries.
Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist attended and new for 2017, regional partners were invited to attend and interact with RTOs during breaks and at the reception following the presentation. TOTA invited regions that had new product featured in the presentation and welcomed Tourism Vernon, Shuswap Tourism, Explore Gold Country, Tourism Wells Gray, Tourism Sun Peaks, Travel Penticton and Destination Osoyoos.
A new format for the event saw small groups of RTO representatives move between booths for 8 minute presentations on a large monitor. TOTA and some of our partners provided prizes for a draw that was made from business cards submitted by attendees. Congratulations to Jacky K from Charming Holidays, Todd W from JAC Travel and Patsy L from Honey Holidays who each won a Thompson Okanagan prize package.
Joining the Thompson Okanagan team at Explore BC, Ellen Walker-Matthews presented on behalf of Tourism Kelowna at the event.