Midnight Musings from our CEO
It’s almost unbelievable that it has already been a year since the TIABC annual conference was hosted here in our region. This year the conference is being held in Vancouver from February 27 – March 1st and there is still plenty of time to register. While there is always a multitude of excuses as to why you cannot attend, there are some very important reasons that you should be there.
TIABC is our voice, they are the advocate for the Tourism Industry and it is critical that they are fully informed on the many issues that will shape our industry for the future. As a collective group, it is imperative that we get involved, participate, communicate and ensure that our thoughts and concerns are aligned with the Association and that they have clear direction from all industry sectors. This conference is one of those opportunities. While it is most certainly educational with excellent speakers and timely topics, it is also a prime opportunity to dialogue with colleagues, partners and government and TIABC itself.
This year’s theme is “Maximum Impact. Endless Potential” and it is sure to stimulate discussion and debate. Tourism is continuing to be challenged by a number of issues including how to best deal with the sharing economy, over-tourism, taxation, flood and wildfire mitigation, and management and the list goes on. But you have a choice; you can choose to stay home and keep your opinions to yourself or you can make sure your voice is heard, take a stand, take action. So again I ask the question..can you really afford not to attend?
Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO
A few highlights from this week’s News Centre…
YLW continues to expand with the announcement of another airline
Jetlines announced last Thursday that pending their final license approval they will begin flying into Kelowna as early as this May. Read More
Younger Generations Shaping the Future of Travel
While the group known as Gen Z is just reaching the age of 23, according to Expedia they influencing $143 Billion in buying power and will be the largest generation by 2020 and are already taking almost as many trips as Millenials. Read More
TOTA receives World Travel Award for North America
For the second straight year Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association as been recognized as the Responsible Tourism Leader at the World Travel Awards. Read More