Manic Monday – Criticism is Always Louder than Applause

Midnight Musings from our CEO

TOTA was pleased to once again be in attendance as one of this year’s sponsors of the Southern Interior Local Government Association Conference (SILGA) which took place last week in Revelstoke.  This event is attended by municipal and Regional District government mayors, councils and Directors working collectively on issues and challenges that are common to all and identifying ways to work together in building strong regional partnerships.

2018 being an election year some of our current politicians will be moving on, most of them out of politics, and we wish to express our sincere appreciation for all of their hard work and long hours they have devoted to their communities.  For all of those who will continue to let their names stand or add them to this year’s slate of candidates, we applaud you for your desire to take on these demanding and often difficult roles.

Whatever your own politics, we are all very fortunate to live in this country and province where our elected officials are passionate and dedicated to their positions and the health and well being of the areas they represent. It is often thankless work and criticism is always much louder than applause.

SILGA 2019 will be held in Penticton and TOTA will definitely be in attendance to help support and inform on issues that are critical to our Tourism Industry  to this very important stakeholder group!


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

TOTA is going to be travelling around the region over the coming weeks to discuss the Regional Biosphere Certification and how our stakeholder partners can participate through an industry adhesion and commitment initiative. The first launch of this will be taking place in Kelowna on Tuesday, May 1st as part of the Central Okanagan Tourism Industry Showcase being hosted by Tourism Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country (read more). We hope some of you will be able to attend this event in Kelowna next week or in other locations as dates and times are announced.  It was very encouraging to hear that even with the challenges of 2017 Tourism Kamloops has released some very strong results from last year that saw $1.8 million visitors to their city providing a direct economic impact of $270 million, congratulations to Beverly DeSantis and her entire team (read more). May 2nd marks a very important date as the Syilx/Okanagan Nation will host an annual ceremonial release of 10,000 Sockeye Fry into the Penticton Channel (read more).

TOTA ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT SAVE THE DATE –  AUGUST 30th, 2018….It may seem a bit soon to be planning for the Annual TOTA Golf Tournament but it is time to save the date as this years event is going to be one that you won’t want to miss. We are thrilled to announce that our annual tournament will be held on August 30th at Black Mountain in Kelowna. Clear your Calendar and make plans to join us. Registration opens soon!

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