Manic Monday – Finding our Place at the Place Marketing Forum

Midnight Musings from our CEO

Last week I was very honored to be in attendance to receive the International Place Marketing Award at the 7th Annual Place Marketing Forum hosted, this year, in Lille France. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association received this honor in recognition of our ongoing work in Responsible Sustainable Tourism and as part of this recognition I was also recognized as a Laureate by Aix Masielle University; both tremendous honors.

Awards are presented in five separate categories with the jury making their selection based on three areas of criteria including Innovation, Remarkable Results, and Emblematic Projects. In the Tourism Category, we were up against outstanding competitors including Amsterdam, Brand USA, Kenya Tourism Board, Australia, Denmark and three separate submissions from France.

The conference format is conducted in the same way each year where there is a presentation of the Remarkable Case followed by round table discussions and debate and finally the presentation of the Award.

Since its inception in 2013 there have been a total of 42 Laureates presented with the Place Marketing Award and as of April 4th, 2019 we can be very proud to be recognized within this prestigious international group.

Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO


A few highlights from this week’s News Centre

Congratulations to all of the winners in this years Heart of Hospitality Awards in Kelowna 

For the second year in a row, the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association hosted its Heart of Hospitality Awards which saw 37 individuals nominated … Read More

Joy Road Catering Sells to New Owners

After 14 years Dana Ewert and Cameron Smith have sold Joy Road Catering to new owners, but they will stay on for a year to transition … Read More

Merritt Prepares for its first Brewery

The date of opening is not yet confirmed but Merritt will soon see the opening of its first Craft  Micro Brewery, this spring … Read More

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