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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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For his role in helping reform B.C.’s archaic liquor laws, Liberal MLA John Yap has been honoured with the 2017 B.C. Wine Institute Industry Recognition Award. One of the biggest changes in liquor laws after an extensive review was to allow B.C. wine on grocery store shelves as well as permit B.C. wine to be […]

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Wineries across the province are encouraging people to appreciate wine in a different way, by exploring its identity and impact on regional development. UBC Okanagan scholars have developed an ‘exhibit trail’ at seven different wineries across B.C., with five of them located in the Okanagan Valley. Titled, ‘Refractions: Appreciating the British Columbia wine territory’ the […]

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The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) is working to help communities and businesses get back on their feet after the wildfires that have impacted so many.  We have initiated our Economic Disaster Recovery Program (EDRP) which has been used in Burns Lake, Southern Alberta floods and most recently following the Fort McMurray fire of […]

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Summer is well underway, but with floods and smoky skies getting so much attention there are notably fewer tourists taking advantage of the region’s assets. Conrad Wiker, the owner of Whiplash Cable Park, has definitely experienced a less robust season than in years past, having not even opened yet. “We’re hoping to open soon, but […]

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As summer settles in throughout British Columbia, public and private campgrounds across the province quickly fill up, a process that started in the dark winter days of January. You may be planning at the eleventh hour, but you can still plan. Last minute decision makers will find campgrounds located within three to four hours’ distance […]

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Key Milestones and Measurements Significant investments in products, services, network, aircraft and our employees High employee engagement with measured improvements Unprecedented 10-year labour agreements Job growth Measured customer service improvements CEO of the year and CFO of the year Since 2009 we have profitably grown our capacity outside Canada by 74%. Or, put another way, […]

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Gray Monk Winery owners George and Trudy Heiss and their family started growing grapes and selling wine overlooking the north end of Okanagan Lake back in 1976, and for more than 25 years it was the only winery in the region. During their initial search for vineyard land, the advice was to look for a […]

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The Similkameen Wineries Association renamed itself last week, launching a new brand identity as Similkameen Independent Winegrowers. The group was formed in 2011, with wineries banding together in an effort to raise awareness of the local wine industry in the Similkameen Valley and the awarding-winning wines and ciders produced by its members. “We were known […]

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Half a dozen Okanagan businesses are among the best outdoor dining restaurants in Canada, according to a list released today by OpenTable. OpenTable, an online restaurant reservation service, released its 100 Best Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Canada for 2017 today, and the Okanagan Valley stood up impressively against the rest of the country. From Kelowna, […]

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A Hollywood movie filmed in the North Okanagan has made its way to Netflix. Blackway, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles, is about an ex-logger who comes to the aid of a woman who returns to her hometown in the Pacific Northwest and finds herself harassed and stalked by a former cop turned […]

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Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, announced that the Government of Canada has issued a request for proposals on making Canada a top destination for tourists seeking world-class culinary experiences. Minister Chagger made the announcement during Tourism Week while visiting […]

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