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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 […]

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It is encouraging to learn that indications from recent surveys, online traveler sentiment research, and direct one to one telephone canvassing strongly suggest a global desire for travel post “lockdown.” While some individuals may already be starting to take short trips and make regional travel plans, others are actively planning and preparing to continue to […]

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On June 17, the Province of British Columbia announced a new consultation process for BC residents to voice their ideas on how the Province should allocate monies set aside for recovery. The province released a paper explaining the consultation process, called “Building B.C.’s Recovery, Together: Share Your Ideas.” Download “Building BC’s Recovery, Together” There are […]

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A housekeeper makes a bed in a hotel room.

I had the opportunity to be part of a very interesting dialogue last week, with a number of senior tourism leaders on the ways in which this industry has been affected by COVID-19 and some of the outcomes that may result in permanent transformations. One specific comment that has remained top of mind was: “COVID-19 […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has collected insights from tourism stakeholders since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in British Columbia. The reports are now available to the tourism industry on TOTABC.org/research-resiliency. Background Together with the British Columbia Regional Tourism Secretariat, British Columbia Hotel Association, and the British Columbia Destination Marketing Organization Association, the survey data has […]

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UPCOMING WEBINARS WEEK 5/25/2020   Webinar on Using Social Media to Support Re-Opening – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday 5/26/2020 Social has been and will continue to be, the most effective way to educate, inspire, and communicate with our audience of guests. Now, however, is a special time with special considerations Our communities are more important […]

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WorkSafeBC Health & Safety Guidelines Webinar Friday May 22nd, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. The Thomson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) invite you to join us for a WorkSafeBC Health & Safety Guidelines Webinar as part of our ongoing industry support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Tourism Resiliency Network Program. In advance of WorkSafeBC’s development of health […]

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UPCOMING WEBINARS WEEK 5/11/2020   Return to Work Webinar: Employment Law and COVID-19 – 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday 5/13/2020 This Webinar will be featuring a team of lawyers from the law firm Fasken, who will provide information and advice on how to respond to changes employers are facing and how to properly prepare for the ‘new normal’ […]

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Return to Work Webinar: Employment Law & COVID-19  Wednesday May 13th, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) invite you to join us for a Return to Work Webinar focusing on Employment Law and COVID-19 as part of our ongoing industry support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Tourism Resiliency Network Program. This Webinar […]

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Reputation Management Webinar – Tuesday May 5th, 2020 – 10:00 am. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) invite you to join us for a Reputation Management Webinar hosted by the BCRTS as part of our ongoing industry support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Tourism Resiliency Network Program. This webinar, presented by Deirdre Campbell, Managing Director, Canada […]

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We are cautiously optimistic that this is the beginning of a careful, but positive opportunity for our accommodation businesses to implement a “new” normal approach as they find alternate ways to welcome guests. It cannot be stated enough that our industry must practice rigorous adherence to these guidelines as we continue to monitor and work to minimize the impacts of COVID-19.   Updated […]

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For every one of us, no matter where we live or what industry we are working in, there is tremendous anxiety as we navigate this current and developing pandemic situation. Business losses are mounting daily, while people’s livelihoods, savings, and futures are all in question. We are worried about our financial health, personal health, mental health and […]

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Amidst the uncertainty surrounding the COVID‑19 pandemic we remained heartened by Canada’s business community and the stories of people, institutions, businesses and governments coming together to support each other. Normally in springtime we are on the road, sharing the message of why Canada is the best place to host business events, but this year, like […]

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As part of an ongoing effort to remain current on various government business support programs, this morning TIABC attended a webinar hosted by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade on accessing government funding . Among other things, we learned that similar programs have been announced in 104 countries so far, and just like here in Canada, details […]

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March 27, 2020 I want to start by thanking everyone who has provided feedback, offered support, and stayed engaged as we gather information about the impacts of COVID-19 to communities, businesses and people. I continue to brief my Cabinet colleagues frequently and your feedback has helped me paint a fuller picture of the impacts of […]

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The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) recognizes that during these uncertain times, its shared singular focus for 2020-2021 must be on COVID-19 recovery and preparing for future tourism seasons. Because of this, ITAC has created the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund, dedicated to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous tourism businesses by affecting positive […]

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TIAC continues to advocate for the tourism sector daily. We are committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date information to help businesses navigate this difficult time. March 27, 2020  TIAC’s Work Today’s official announcements “to help small businesses keep more employees on payroll” represent a significant win for the industry, with new measures […]

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Destination Canada will be hosting regular webinars to share our approach amid the COVID-19 situation and will continue to invite industry partners, representatives from government as well as applicable businesses to provide the most up-to-date information and resources. When: Wednesday April 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET Speakers: The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official […]

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Make the most of this time of social distancing and take the opportunity to get back to your hobbies, catch up on reading, or even learn a new skill! You can upgrade your skills and knowledge without ever leaving your couch with online and distance learning courses like SuperHost, Foundations of Workplace Safety, and FOODSAFE […]

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YKAStrong Launches Online Resources For Immediate Release March 27, 2020, Kamloops, British Columbia – The newly activated YKAStrong campaign has launched online resources to deliver relevant and timely information and provide important and necessary tools for Kamloops businesses and residents to endure the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is spearheaded by Kamloops business leaders working collectively to […]

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The Government of Canada is focused on helping Canadians and businesses through this tough economic time. We will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians, while supporting families and businesses and keeping our economy strong in the face of uncertainty. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures to support small […]

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Provincial Government’s COVID-19 Action Plan The Action Plan, announced on March 23, focuses on services to protect the health and safety of British Columbians, provide immediate relief to individuals and businesses, and position our province for economic recovery over the long term. The $5 billion plan explains the financial supports available in response to COVID-19 including several actions that individual […]

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Madrid, Spain, 27 March 2020 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to […]

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We have been informed that WorkSafeBC has decided to allow employers to defer payment of their Q1 2020 premiums by three months. This means employers who report payroll and make payments on a quarterly basis, as well as Personal Optional Protection (POP) coverage holders, can defer payment until June 30, 2020. Employers who report annually will […]

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary events including extraordinary people like you. That’s why you’re invited to B.C.’s Big At Home Picnic!  How does the Big At Home Picnic work? On Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 PDT, wash your hands, lay down a blanket and set up a picnic area in your home. This could be your living room, balcony, […]

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Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “B.C. is in a strong position to effectively respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said […]

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Sometimes fluctuations in your business require temporary reductions in staffing levels. Such reductions may or may not become permanent in nature. Where a layoff involves a number of employees, it may evolve into a group termination. In any event, a keen understanding of the layoff and group termination provisions in the Employment Standards Act is […]

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