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Those smoky skies cleared up across B.C. by September and tourists flocked to the province, with many arriving from Australia and Germany. There were 26,478 more international visitors to B.C. that month, an increase of 4.6 per cent, compared to September of last year, according to Statistics Canada. In all, 599,359 foreign visitors crossed B.C.’s […]

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It is that time of year already! The temperature has started to drop and many areas of the province have started to anticipate, or already see, a white dusting of snow. As you prepare for your holiday festivities we ask you to consider making a donation to the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) in lieu of […]

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Destination BC is looking for nominees to join from the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, and Thompson Okanagan tourism regions to join its Tourism Marketing Committee. The Committee comprises up to 21 members, three nominated by each of the regions. To fill upcoming vacancies, we are currently accepting applicants from the following regions: Two representatives from […]

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The Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada’s Board of Directors and leadership team announced a name change to the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. An Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) member survey from April 2017 indicated that 80 per cent of responses prefer the organization use, “Indigenous,” instead of, “Aboriginal.” “The name change reflects what […]

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Is your tourism business or organization interested in sustainability? If you haven’t already, the first thing you should do is engage your most important resource; your staff. Getting your team involved with or taking the lead role on your green initiatives can create multiple wins. Why? Businesses that establish and maintain a green team have been […]

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The Kettle Valley Rail Trail will be getting a $500,000 upgrade, which officials are hoping will attract more visitors to the area. The money, awarded as part of the provincial government’s rural dividend program, will be used to implement phase one of the Thompson Okanagan Regional Destination Trail Project, which will include consulting with local First Nations […]

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Complaints from B.C.’s wine industry over interprovincial trade barriers will be heard in the Supreme Court of Canada as part of an appeal of a cross-border beer dispute in New Brunswick. Vancouver lawyer Shea Coulson said Thursday five B.C. wineries will argue as interveners in the case stemming from a 2012 incident when police fined […]

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This is the third in a series of articles that is responding directly to what the tourism industry in Canada has identified as its top priorities when it comes to being green.  As mentioned in our last post, Destination Canada has identified two priority audiences using their Explorer Quotient intelligence. The largest of these audiences is […]

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Even as firefighters continue to battle blazes throughout the province, the British Columbia government is already implementing a long-term plan to recover from this year’s unprecedented wildfire activity and support affected British Columbians. Now that the provincial state of emergency ends at midnight tonight (Pacific time), the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and […]

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British Columbia’s wildfire-driven provincial state of emergency will expire at midnight September 15 (Pacific time). The state of emergency was declared on July 7, 2017, and extended four times over the nine weeks that followed. While the extraordinary powers of the provincial state of emergency are no longer required, the wildfire season is not over. […]

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The finalists for the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards have been announced. The Air Canada Business of the Year Award Eagle Wing Tours Ltd – Victoria, BC Gold Eagle Lodge – North Battleford, SK Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre – Sun Peaks, BC The VIA Rail Community Outreach Award Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls, […]

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The lieutenant governor will be touring the Okanagan over the next few days, recognizing excellence in B.C. wine. The Honourable Judith Guichon, along with members of the Government House Foundation, will present the 2017 Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for Excellence. In all, 11 wineries made the cut, including three in the Central Okanagan and eight in the South […]

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This is the second in a series of articles that is responding directly to what the tourism industry in Canada has identified as their top priorities when it comes to being green. If you’d like to share with us what’s important to you, please complete the survey we have created in partnership with the Tourism Industry […]

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Roadside reflectors will be installed on Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector, enhancing the delineation of the highway and providing better visibility of the road alignment both at night and in adverse conditions. “These small safety improvements can make a big difference for motorists,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena. “Visibility can be limited […]

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On September 8 – 9, 2017 privately operated campgrounds coast-to-coast are participating in the 2017 Fall Camping Appreciation Weekend to celebrate the camping and RVing lifestyle! Camping is an affordable family activity that promotes a sense of community, creates lifelong memories and encourages Canadians and International visitors to discover Canada’s rich landscape and engage with […]

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June saw a significant amount of International visitors to British Columbia. The latest numbers from Statistics Canada from June 2017, show a 5.3 per cent increase over the same month in 2016, resulting in 35,000 more visitors arriving in B.C. The total year-to-date international overnight custom entries to B.C. are up 4.1 per cent. Other notable increases for […]

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In the framework of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, 2017, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is launching a consumer-oriented campaign aimed at raising awareness of the value and contribution that sustainable tourism can make towards development. The ‘Travel.Enjoy.Respect’ campaign wants to engage tourists in making the sector a catalyst for positive change. […]

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Free Wi-Fi has come to the aid of weary travellers at rest stops along B.C. highways. The Britton Creek rest area, a common stop for motorists at the summit of the Coquihalla Highway, is the first rest stop in the province to be equipped with public Wi-Fi. Free internet has also been set up at […]

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“The most stunningly beautiful location I have ever had the pleasure of working,” said actress Rachael Leigh Cook of the Okanagan Valley while on the Today show. Cook has been touring talk shows promoting her new movie Summer in the Vineyard, which was filmed right here in the Okanagan Valley. The star of “She’s All That” and […]

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Client Testimonials on Mobilize Jobs

Fall leaves, snow and hot chocolate might seem far away, but summer is the hottest time to staff up for fall and winter. Planning ahead and getting people in place now means you won’t end up scrambling when your summer staff head back to school in September. We’ve got motivated Canadian youth waiting to fill […]

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Green Tourism recently conducted a survey in partnership with the Tourism Industry Associations of Canada, Ontario and British Columbia. We wanted to find out what information tourism businesses and organizations would find the most valuable when it comes to sustainability. In the face of rising energy costs and carbon prices, saving money on energy was […]

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The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) advocates for the interests of British Columbia’s $15 billion+ visitor economy. As a not-for-profit tourism industry association, TIABC works collaboratively with its members – private sector tourism businesses, industry associations and destination marketing organizations – to ensure the best working environment for a competitive tourism industry. For the 2017-2019 […]

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That’s the only anniversary NewLeaf will get to, however, as the two have officially become one airline called Flair Airlines. This follows the June 7th announcement that Kelowna-based Flair Airlines had acquired NewLeaf Travel Company. “We are starting a new chapter in the airline industry,” said Flair Airlines’ VP of Commercial Operations, Chris Lapointe. “Today […]

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British Columbia’s new premier handed his cabinet ministers their to-do lists on Monday, and the tasks include a mix of both campaign promises and new plans. John Horgan, who appointed his 22-member cabinet last week, said his government’s priorities involve relieving families of rising costs and fees, offering better services for people, and providing good jobs and economic opportunities throughout B.C. “I […]

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Yes, B.C. is under a province-wide state of emergency, but not everywhere is burning. That’s the message the Okanagan’s tourism sector is sending out – that the valley is open for business. The Okanagan just dealt with nearly two months of unprecedented flooding, which forced many beaches, parks and boat launches to close. The last thing the […]

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