Manic Monday – This one is for US …FOR ALL OF US!

Midnight Musings from our CEO

Congratulations to all of us as we are thrilled to announce that our Association and region has been recognized with another major international award this year. At the 25th Annual World Travel Awards which took place on Saturday, September 22nd in Montego Bay, Jamaica the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association was this year’s recipient of North America’s Responsible Tourism Award.

As a region, we have for some time been setting new benchmarks and taking on some very serious tourism topics. Topics that are also being discussed and considered worldwide as it relates to the responsible promotion, development, and growth of tourism for today, and more importantly, for the future.

To all of the many groups that are helping to set this vital course such as our Communities and DMO partners, First Nations Communities, Tourism Industry Stakeholders, Provincial Government Ministries, Destination BC, ITBC,  Destination Canada and numerous Corporate Partners and Sponsors…. we owe you a huge debt of gratitude for your support, leadership, vision, and efforts.

Without question, collectively we are a long way from being where we want to be economically, socially, environmentally, and culturally.  But the World is taking notice for our collective and collaborative efforts and, as a result, our region and Province are being noticed for our focus on the important challenges and issues of sustainability.

As I have noted previously, our Certification as a Biosphere Sustainable Tourism Destination by the Responsible Tourism Institute with its connection to the UN World Tourism Organization and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council was an important step in publicly acknowledging the commitment we are making as a region to these areas of Destination Development and Management.

This one is for US….ALL OF US…

Glenn Mandziuk with the North America’s Responsible Tourism Award.


Frank Antoine (TOTA Chair) and Glenn Mandziuk with the award


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

Our regional work in sustainability is an ongoing focus of attention and one where we need the support and assistance from Stakeholders. As part of our re-certification for this year we have a brief survey that we are asking stakeholders to complete. The information provided will be used as an aggregate and form part of our ongoing evidence to the Responsible Tourism Institute and our annual action plan update. Please take a few moments to provide us your feedback (read more); We are thrilled to have been working with numerous businesses around the region who are actively participating in the Biosphere Sustainable Committed Business Program available through TOTA and we will be regularly featuring these businesses in our NewsCentre and on our site. If you are interested in knowing more and or becoming part of this Committed Business Program through TOTA please see our information how to get involved or contact Mike Overend at

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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