Midnight Musings from our CEO
It is hard to believe that while we are just half way through our summer season, in less than 17 weeks we will be together with stakeholders, communities and partners at the annual TOTA AGM and Summit.
This year we are looking forward to being in Osoyoos at Spirit Ridge Resort November 14th and 15th with what we hope you will find is an incredible line up of speakers, education and information. Registration for the AGM and Summit will open September 1st however we will be sending out details over the next few weeks on the program and we encourage you to Save The Date on your calendar.
As most of you are aware throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019 much of our work has been focused on our regional Drive for Sustainability and this will continue to weave its way through all of the activities leading up to and during this year’s Summit.
Each week prior to our November conference we will be examining one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goal areas (SDG’s) that are the basis for our Biosphere Certification and our work with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. We will be providing information on each goal area and relating it to the work that we can collectively do in tourism that will help support these goals.
About The 17 United Nations Development Goals
In 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to a more sustainable future with the endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals. These goals have the mandate to fight inequality, reduce climate change, strengthen economic diversity, share authenticity, and protect the natural environment. The World Tourism Organization adopted these principles as the foundation for a more sustainable tourism industry and has focused on the importance of collaborative efforts within community and regional destinations. These efforts our based on grassroots initiatives that provide benefits to local populations and endorse a global shared vision for responsible development.
Watch for the upcoming review of the Goal areas each week in Manic Monday and be sure to SAVE THE DATE for this year AGM and Summit
A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…
A great way to sell products unique to the Region, Gift Gator can help you find the perfect something for that person that is impossible to buy for. Such a great and long overdue idea (read more); there are a few unfortunate scams effecting our industry this summer but one that has managed to effect many of our accommodators large and small is one recently reported by Travel Penticton. Don’t let this happen to your business, for more details go to (read more).
This is it… the Final VOTING for the WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS; You can still cast your vote for TOTA in the upcoming World Travel Awards under the category of Responsible Tourism. YOU get to be the judge and help put our region in the forefront of international markets. To register and vote for the Thompson Okanagan read more.
Read all of this week’s News Centre stories at news.totabc.org
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.