Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association WINS at the World Travel and Tourism Council “Tourism For Tomorrow Awards”

Buenos Aires, Argentina –The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) was selected from among a group of leading International Tourism Destinations as this year’s winner of the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award during the World Travel and Tourism Council Summit in Argentina. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize and celebrate inspirational and world changing initiatives in tourism taking place all over the globe.

“Our Association is honoured to be recognized for our hard work and commitment to Destination Management Practices that strive to ensure the sustainable and responsible development of tourism throughout our Region” indicated TOTA’s CEO Glenn Mandziuk who was in attendance to accept the award. “A huge thank you to all of the community and industry leaders in this region that rise to the challenge each and every day to deliver a quality visitor experience in a sustainable manner. A special thank you to Destination British Columbia and the BC Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture for their strong support of our initiatives.”

“The role of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards is to showcase some of the most outstanding examples of sustainable tourism practise in the world and inspire and motivate our industry to be the change we want to see and experience. The Tourism for Tomorrow 2018 finalists and winners each demonstrate vision, leadership, and a long-term commitment to ensuring our industry focuses on creating better places for people to live in and better places for people visit. This year however we have seen more cross sector collaboration and an acknowledgement that steps can and should be taken to assess tourism impacts more effectively which is an encouraging development,” stated Fiona Jeffery, OBE, Chair, WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.

The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are judged by a panel of independent experts, led by Graham Miller, Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Surrey. Academics, business leaders, NGO and governmental representatives all join forces to whittle down the finalists to just five Winners in five distinct categories. Becoming a Tourism for Tomorrow judge is not a task to be taken lightly – the stringent, three-stage judging process includes a thorough review of all applications, followed by on-site evaluations of the Finalists and their initiative. For more information on the awards please go to:


About Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association:
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is a non-profit society governed by an elected Board of Directors who represents business and community tourism interests throughout the region and is supported by and representative of Destination British Columbia (DBC)..

TOTA is industry-led and represents all business and community tourism interests throughout the Thompson Okanagan, while also assisting with the implementation of provincial tourism policies.

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About the World Travel and Tourism Council:
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) was formed in 1991 by a group of Travel & Tourism CEOs with a mandate to use empirical evidence to promote awareness of Travel & Tourism’s economic contribution; expand markets in harmony with the environment; and to reduce barriers to growth.

WTTC is the only global body that brings together all major players in the Travel & Tourism sector (airlines, hotels, cruise, car rental, travel agencies, tour operators, GDS, and technology), enabling them to speak with One Voice to governments and international bodies. The WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world’s largest sectors, supporting 292 million jobs and generating 10.2% of global GDP advocating partnership between the public and private sectors, delivering results that match the needs of economies, local and regional authorities, and local communities, with those of business.

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