TOTA Joins Global Initiative on Safe Travels

For Immediate Release

KELOWNA, BC (June 25, 2020) – The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) as a Safe Travel Destination.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the WTTC, the global body representing the travel and tourism sector, produced safety and hygiene protocols and guidelines for re-opening tourism that have been embraced by over 1,200 major tourism companies, in over 80 destinations around the world.

As part of the initiative, the WTTC also introduced a Safe Travels Stamp which enables travellers to recognize destination authorities and companies that have implemented and aligned with the WTTC’s Safe Travels Protocols.

“The guidelines established in British Columbia through tourism sector partners and endorsed by WorkSafe BC not only meet but exceed those of the WTTC,” noted Glenn Mandziuk, President and CEO of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. “We believed it was important to secure this designation as we begin to build back tourism and eventually welcome guests from around the world.”

“British Columbians have worked hard to flatten the curve and help make it as safe as possible to travel in our province,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. “Congratulations to Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association for this recognition and their work in helping keep visitors, workers, and communities safe during COVID-19.”

Communities, CDMO’s, and Tourism Management Organizations in the Thompson Okanagan are able to utilize the Safe Travels Stamp under this agreement. Please contact us at

Individual Tourism Stakeholder Businesses can also request the use of the Safe Travels Stamp by completing the Safe Travels – Business Request Form.


About the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is a non-profit society, governed by an elected Board of Directors, which represents business and community tourism interests throughout the region, and is supported by and representative of Destination British Columbia. It is an industry-led organization that represents and supports all business and community tourism interests in the region, while also helping to implement provincial tourism policies. For more information, visit

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