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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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Resiliency at the Heart of the Thompson Okanagan Regional Pledge   In November 2019 we launched the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Pledge entitled “Seven Affirmations for Seven Generations” drawing from rich indigenous values    1 |  TRUE ROOTS 2 |  TREAD LIGHTLY 3 |  GOOD NEIGHBOUR 4 |  TRAVEL SAFELY 5 |  LIVE IN HARMONY 6 […]

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COVID-19 has changed the way businesses in the tourism industry operates, both in the short term and long term. Admittedly, adjusting to various new health guidelines and regulations has been challenging. However, businesses and organizations in the tourism sector have displayed a tremendous amount of initiative and creativity to provide their products and services to the communities […]

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Midnight Musings from our CEO NATIONAL TOURISM WEEK #BCTourismMatters   May 24th – 31st, we celebrate National Tourism Week in Canada, and this year more than ever we need to highlight the importance of our tourism industry in the Canadian economy. The trickle-down effect of tourism businesses and operators unable to open or struggling to […]

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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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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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Midnight Musings from our CEO New Program to Support Tourism Industry For most of our tourism industry, this is the 8th week of our provincial shut down as we all do our best to follow the direction of  Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Over the initial few […]

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Read the Full Report Here: Thompson Okanagan – 2018 Visitor Highlights Summary Thompson Okanagan 2018 Seasonal Year in Review – British Columbia  Domestic Average Monthly Visitation The Peak season for average monthly BC visitation in 2018 is Summer, followed by Spring, Winter and Fall. Vancouver dominates in visitor origin across all four seasons. Although Free Spirits […]

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 In response to the growing culinary scene at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, General Manager David Prystay introduced the position of Food and Beverage Director assumed by Keith Corbett in the Fall of 2019. Excitement grew for the vision of the culinary scene as conversations and […]

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March 6, 2020 Victoria, BC – White Spot Limited has won the coveted 2020 Employees First Award, presented last night at the BC Tourism Industry Conference. The award is sponsored by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, as part of the 2020 Tourism Industry Awards. The Employees First Award recognizes a British Columbia tourism and […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020 KAMLOOPS—Mike Wiegele, the founder of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, has funded several new awards at TRU for students from the North Thompson and the Simpcw First Nation. Wiegele donated $50,000 to fund 14 awards for students in the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism. The donation contributes […]

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Vancouver, BC (February 6, 2020): The BC Hotel Association (BCHA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ingrid Jarrett as president and chief executive officer. Ingrid brings to the position more than three decades of experience in business leadership, strategic hospitality & tourism development and successful collaboration with partners and stakeholders. She is the first […]

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The Province and its partners are leading a review to ensure B.C.’s trails remain sustainable for people’s outdoor enjoyment. In 2019, the Provincial Trails Advisory Body, co-chaired by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (Recreation Sites and Trails B.C.) and the Outdoor Recreation Council, began a process to complete a […]

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Biosphere Adhesion Monthly Newsletter Why Measure Sustainability?  Measuring business practices, as it pertains to reducing negative impacts, establishes a baseline and framework for the development of programs/projects, such as waste reduction projects, energy-efficient programs and carbon measuring adoption. Measurement is also essential in communicating progress, anticipating new requirements and managing the progress towards the sustainability goals. This […]

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Biosphere Adhesion Monthly Newsletter Leaders in Biosphere Highlights of businesses committed to the Biosphere Adhesion Program Giro Okanagan is a cycling tour provider that offers immersive and authentic experiences based on their deep understanding of the region and their own personal connections. They embrace sustainability by promoting cycling as the ideal way to explore the Okanagan Valley. […]

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Biosphere Adhesion Monthly Newsletter Thank You for Joining Us!  Last month (Oct 16th), we held a Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) training workshop at The Laurel Packinghouse. We collaborated with Tourism Kelowna and the Kelowna Museums Society to organize the workshop that was open to all Biosphere Adhesion Entities. We are very lucky to have Angela Nagy from GreenStep Solutions (GSTC trainer) providing […]

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[LAKE COUNTRY, BRITISH COLUMBIA] O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars is excited to announce the addition of Winemaker Nikki Callaway and General Manager Heather Courtney to the team. Esteemed winemaker, Nikki Callaway, joins the team as winemaker for O’Rourke Family Estates. Having proven her talents through significant roles at major British Columbia wineries Mission Hill, Quails’ Gate, and […]

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The Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program is focused on building the capacity and financial mechanisms to support conservation, one way we are working towards this goal is the establishment and support of community conservations funds. Conservation Funds are a dedicated source of funding for the specific purpose of undertaking environmental conservation projects. Funds help communities ensure […]

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The Kettle River Museum is a non-profit charitable organization. Annual fundraising is necessary to keep the museum and the historic Kettle Valley Railway from Midway, B.C. (Mile ‘0’) to Penticton alive and relevant. Cyclist from all over the world often start or finish their KVR BIKE TRAIL cycling experience at the museum. This trail begins […]

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The Thompson Okanagan is committed to becoming a world-renowned accessible destination. The goal is to promote full inclusion and accessibility in all aspects of community and tourism. This includes all experiences, products and services in the Thompson Okanagan region. This work is in line with and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, especially […]

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For the 2019-2021 term TIABC is seeking five (5) candidates: From the DMO category one (1) are required for a two-year term From the Sector Association category sector two (2) is required for a two-year term From the Business Membership category two (2) are required for a two-year term As per the bylaws, the Tourism […]

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We are thrilled to announce that Mission Hill Family Estate has claimed the title of Canada’s Winery of the Year at the 2019 WineAlign, National Wine Awards of Canada. This is the fifth time Mission Hill has won this prestigious title, more than any other winery in the history of this competition. This award would not be possible […]

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Oliver, BC (July 9, 2019): Covert Farms Family Estate accepted seven medals – four gold and three silver – at the International Organic Wine Award, based in Germany. The family-owned winery emerged victorious against strong global competition consisting of nearly 300 wineries from 28 countries. Now in its 10th year, the International Organic Wine Award has evolved into […]

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Introducing our Province’s most prestigious wine competition – The 2nd annual British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.  It is a merger of the province’s two premier judging competitions and is presided over by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.  A celebration of the best wines from across our Province with Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals […]

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