Manic Monday – Don’t Forget to Vote….

Midnight Musings from our CEO

With our municipal elections having taken place just moments ago I could not help but think about two interesting issues that surround all elections. Most importantly to applaud all of those individuals brave enough to be willing to put their name forward. Realizing the personal attack they will face, the scrutiny and the social media storm that will follow them around it is almost astounding that so many well-intentioned and clearly community-minded persons continue to come forward. At least 50% of the time most people will be opposed to something you are doing and at other times even more. Hats off for not letting that dissuade you.

And then there is the issue of voter turnout or lack thereof. If you have the opportunity and are eligible to vote in any election be it civic, provincial, federal or even our current TOTA election for a board and you have the chance to make a statement with your vote there is absolutely no good reason for you to choose to not do so.

To our slate of nominees for the TOTA Board, thank you so much for taking the time to put your name forward and to work collectively for the betterment of our industry. To our voting stakeholders, if you are eligible to vote in this year’s TOTA elections, which can be from the comfort of your chair through our online voting system until Monday October 29; need I say more?


A Few Highlights from this Week’s News Centre…

 We continue to see out stakeholders take the idea of Responsible Tourism very seriously and we were thrilled to have our first to Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) training sessions this past week in Kelowna and Kamloops respectively. We were also very excited to see the Chamber of Commerce in Penticton present Ogopogo Tours with this year’s award for Sustainable Resource Industry Excellence (read more). The Penticton Indian Band has been working with RDOS and have this week unveiled a new sign in Naramata with the areas traditional name “House of Bald Eagles” (read more).  From the skies to the rivers and lakes this past week was also the peak of the Adams River Salmon Run which meant thousands of fish made their way upstream to die… a miracle that continues to amaze those that have the opportunity to view this special of nature (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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