Manic Monday – A week of reminders and gratitude!

Midnight Musings from our CEO

A Big Thank You to Southern Queensland Country Tourism Region!

A number of us from the TOTA region are returning this past weekend from an absolutely wonderful “Business On Tour” in Australia where we were hosted over the past 10 days by our “sister region” in Southern Queensland Country (SQCT).  I cannot begin to thank SQCT CEO Mary-Clare Power and her entire amazing team for putting together such an extensive itinerary which was both enlightening and exhausting!

We have all come away with information and insight that we will be able to put in practise as we continue to grow our region and our tourism products. We hope we have also left behind a few thoughts and ideas that they too may want to consider or implement.  We are worlds apart and right next door, we share so much in the way of opportunities and challenges and we hope that in the not too distant future we will be able to reciprocate by hosting a “Business on Tour ” for our colleagues from Australia. Again, a big thank you to all that hosted us and to Air Canada who without their support this trip would not have been possible.

Now to the reminders!

This is a big week for our region as the Tourism Industry Conference hosted by TIABC starts in Kelowna on Wednesday, March 7th. We look forward to welcoming industry partners and stakeholders from around the province to several days of robust and constructive dialogue. There are many critical issues effecting our industry at the moment and this is an important forum to bring those concerns to the forefront and assist Walt Judas and his team in moving them forward in government.

One final reminder about the upcoming Thompson Okanagan Regional Job Fair hosted by TOTA and go2HR taking place on March 15th in Kelowna. If you have not yet booked a booth there are a few spots left. We are anticipating a large turnout of potential employees as this event has been promoted not only to our post secondary institutions but to the general public. To find out more or to register go to


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

The BC Hospitality Foundation is an organization that looks out for the welfare of all of us in the Tourism Industry. We are very pleased to learn this week that the Stewart Family Estates has recently raised just over $5,000 for the foundation and congratulate them on their outstanding efforts (read more).  Also raising big funds recently was a joint effort between Big White and TELUS, raising over $32,000 for amateur athletes (read more). On the move; one of our Remarkable Experience participants, Sharon Bond, owner of Kekuli Cafe, has just moved into a bigger and better location still bringing the best in Bannock to West Kelowna (read more)

Read all of this week’s News Centre stories 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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