Manic Monday – Great Conferences to make sure you take part in…..

Midnight Musings from our CEO

There are a number of tremendous conferences on the horizon that I wanted to take a moment to highlight this week. If you have not attended these before or if you are still deciding whether you should attend I encourage you to consider taking the time and resources to register and support them.

Tourism Industry Association of BC – Annual Conference 
Coming up shortly, March 4th – 6th, and taking place this year in Victoria is the annual BC Tourism Industry Conference.  Hosted by TIABC, our tourism industry advocate, this event is a tremendous opportunity to gain insight into key trends and topics affecting our industry today. Speakers and sessions will feature a range of key priorities including, Emergency Management, Accessibility, Carbon Reduction Planning, Working with the Film Industry, the Future of Luxury Travel, Understanding UNDRIP, Visual Storytelling, and the list goes on.
For more information go to their website at

BC Hospitality Summit – 5th Annual Conference
Hosted by the BC Hoteliers Association and the Alliance of Beverage Licencees, this year’s event is being held in Kelowna, April 6th and 7th. An equally impressive line up of topics and speakers their goal is to help the industry understand the importance of strong alliances and partnerships to build long term profitability. A highlight and always inspirational is the Industry Awards Gala on the final night, where so many accomplishments are recognized and celebrated.  For more information and to register, go to

Global Sustainable Tourism Council Summit
Still a few months away but taking place sooner than you think is the GSTC Summit, will come to Kelowna, November 19th – 22nd, 2020,  the first time ever to be held in Canada. This conference brings together industry professionals to discuss key challenges and opportunities surrounding smart destination management and sustainable tourism development by featuring a series of presentations, speakers and panelists from around the world. To learn more and to register, go to

Life long learning, connecting, networking, broadening our knowledge, discovering best practices, aligning and developing strong partnerships, just a few of many reasons that you should take the time to attend these important events. We are so fortunate to have this level of quality conferences taking place in our province and in our own back yard.

Glenn Mandziuk, TOTA President & CEO

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