Manic Monday – What’s under your tree?

Midnight Musings from our CEO

Merry Christmas Day!

I hope today you find yourself so busy with family and friends that you are actually reading this on December 26, 27 or even 28!. With the magic of Christmas Eve now a distant memory and all of the gifts that were once nicely wrapped under the tree ripped open, where do your thoughts turn as the day winds down? You may have received the latest technology or gadget, there may be a selection of toys already used, abused, discarded or worse, broken and the final feast of the season is about to take place which often includes Turkey or other variations on that theme.

Personally, I have always found Christmas Day to be a bit of a letdown.  The build-up and excitement leading up to the “main event” so often turns into the stark realization that tomorrow life will go on as it had previously with all of the highs and lows and little of anything changing.

Truthfully,  I have been known to complain about circumstances in my life from time to time.  Shockingly so many of us who enjoy so much, still find it appropriate to somehow wish for something better something more.  No matter where you find yourself this holiday season take an inventory of your life and you may find that you need to take a step back and realize just how much you truly have to be grateful for.

My Christmas wish this year is that the people we become at the holidays could continue throughout the year. A true gift under the tree would be to realize a  kinder and more generous world with individuals giving more of themselves and really recognizing the needs of those around throughout the entire year.

From the entire TOTA team and my family, I wish you a very safe and happy holiday season and we wish you hope and happiness under your tree at Christmas that will last the whole year through.


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

From all of us at the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, we wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and hope you will find time to learn more about our many programs and get involved throughout the year in various events, workshops, and marketing initiatives taking place throughout the region.  The following are a few things you may want to “save the date” for in 2018 including: Tourism Industry Association Conference (TIABC) this March in Kelowna;  go2HR and TOTA’s Regional Tourism Job Fair also in March in Kelowna (read more); the Annual TOTA Golf Tournament in late August, location to be announced and the Annual TOTA AGM and Summit in early November, location pending. Other programs we hope you may take time to learn more about and take part in this coming year are the Remarkable Experiences Workshops (read more), Destination Development Planning Sessions and our Route 97 marketing Campaign (read more). For more on all of these items and much more check out Website at

Keep following and contributing to 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.  Be sure to use #route97 and #explorebc when posting your tourism shots and stories.

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