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All *new members who join the Tourism Industry Industry Association of BC (TIABC) between October 11th and December 31st, 2018 will be entered to win one (1) free registration to the 2019 BC Tourism Industry Conference. Join today and be entered to win! TIABC’s vision is “For tourism to be recognized as one BC’s leading […]

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According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s latest barometer, international tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first six months of 2018 after a record year of growth in 2017. All world regions enjoyed robust growth in tourist arrivals in January-June 2018. The increase was fuelled by strong demand from major source markets, supported by an upswing […]

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Tour the traditional waters of the Secwepemcuu’l’ecw (Shuswap Nation). Learn the history from a local Knowledge Keeper who will tell you the stories to the sound of their paddle gently guiding you down the South Thompson River. Take in the eagles and hawks soaring, see mountains and historical sites from the view of the path […]

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TasteFull Transportation Shuttle Services to YVR

TasteFull Excursions Inc., the Thompson Valley’s premier shuttle provider for Sun Peaks Resort has responded to the demise of Greyhound Bus Line by increasing their services to include both shared seating and private charter rates with daily/weekly schedules to a myriad of locations including the most requested route: to/from Vancouver International Airport. Gordon Stamp-Vincent, Director […]

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BUILDING A RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM INDUSTRY How Can You Be Involved? Become Part of the Biosphere Community With the Thompson Okanagan Region now certified as a Sustainable Tourism Destination through Biosphere, your tourism organization has the opportunity to also become part of the Biosphere Community. Our goal is to establish collaborative synergies within our […]

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The Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) will present the 2018 Land Champion Award to Lana Lowe, a Dene from Fort Nelson First Nation who has made enormous contributions to manage and protect water, land, and wildlife habitat in northeast British Columbia. As Director of Lands at Fort Nelson First Nation, Lana has led work […]

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As part of Destination BC Explore BC Program, FREE point-of-sale (POS) materials are available to industry for displaying and distributing to BC residents and visitors. In 2018, Destination BC continues to encourage BC residents to travel within BC during the shoulder season which is April-June and September-November. This presents an opportunity for us to motivate […]

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Travel Penticton was recently notified about a scam that has been operated at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Summerland Waterfront Resort. The hotel receives a same-day booking under the name of Barbara Johnson from Nelson for 2 rooms/suites and are given credit card information over the phone. Later in the day, Jennifer and Shaun Brown […]

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As most are aware, hot, dry conditions and a large lightning storm earlier this week have contributed to wildfire activity throughout the region. At the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), we have once again enacted our Emergency Plans and as part of this we are in direct contact with Regional Districts, BC Wildfire, Destination BC, […]

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The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) congratulates newly-appointed Minister of Tourism, Official Languages & La Francophonie the Honorable Mélanie Joly. TIAC also wishes to thank outgoing Minister of Small Business and Tourism, the Honorable Bardish Chagger, who remains Government House Leader, for championing and supporting tourism since her appointment in 2015. “We congratulate Minister […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is hoping a historic designation awarded last fall is going to raise not the quantity of tourists in the area but the quality, says its president. “We’re not pursuing mass tourism,” says Glenn Mandziuk, president and CEO of TOTA. “We’re not trying to sell our soul to tourism for the sake of tourism. We […]

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Today BC’s Wine Industry reflects on the extraordinary success of BC Wine Month, with BC Wine sales reaching an all-time high in April. On March 13, the government proclaimed April as British Columbia’s official province-wide wine month encouraging British Columbians to discover, share and choose 100 per cent BC wines. The BC Wine Institute reports […]

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A new Minister’s Tourism Engagement Council (MTEC), with a diverse membership to help guide government’s tourism policy, strategy and program implementation, has been announced by Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. Beare made the announcement to media and tourism industry stakeholders prior to the first official gathering of the council this morning. “This council […]

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The Government of British Columbia, alongside industry representatives, has recognized Tourism Week, May 27 to June 2, with an official proclamation at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, was joined by representatives from Destination BC, the Tourism Industry Association of BC, Indigenous Tourism BC, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism […]

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Growers are anticipating a record cherry crop in the Okanagan this summer. A combination of ideal weather conditions through the bloom period and new production methods has resulted in an estimated 12 million pound crop, the BC Tree Fruits Cooperative says. Consumers will start seeing Okanagan cherries in stores starting the end of June. The estimated […]

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These Green Tourism Canada Gold accommodations are leading the way to help you enjoy a greener travel experience. Now is the perfect time to book your stay with an incredible, forward-thinking Canadian green hotel, inn, campground, B&B, lodge, resort, spa, ranch, or chalet. The hardest part will be deciding, with so many great options! The […]

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NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release To all industry stakeholders and DMO’s, Warm temperatures and a higher than usual snowpack have contributed to rising water and flooding through some parts of the Thompson Okanagan Region. With current temperatures set to continue to remain high a second surge of water from melting snow is due this week, […]

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If you’re hoping to find a campsite without a reservation this season, you might want to pack some Tylenol. The hunt for a last-minute camping spot for the upcoming Victoria Day weekend is sure to cause some headaches — nearly 100,000 reservations for campsites in B.C. parks have been booked since January, up 13 per cent from the same time last year. Many […]

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While there are many ways your tourism businesses can reduce your carbon footprint within your operations, one of the biggest opportunities by far is related to transportation. As guests travel to your destination, as they enjoy their experiences, and even the travel choices made amongst your own staff. Transportation is the largest contributor to global […]

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Soon, you’ll be able to further identify where some of your British Columbia Vintners Quality Alliance (BC VQA) wine is coming from. Later this year, the Ministry of Agriculture will be establishing four new wine regions in B.C. The new regions are the Thompson Valley, Shuswap, Lillooet and Kootenays. Currently, B.C. has six official geographical […]

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The province of B.C. has announced a new  wine award. The Office of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, is pleased to announce a new partnership to recognize the best of British Columbia wines by creating the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards. […]

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The Ministry of Transportation continues to gather public feedback on its Highway 1 Kamloops-to-Alberta four-laning program. The Ministry hosted the project’s second open house on Feb. 1, to gather public input on options under consideration for the Trans-Canada Highway 1 RW Bruhn Bridge and Approaches Project. The project involves four-laning about 2 km of Highway 1 in […]

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As the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program celebrates its 25th anniversary in Canada, previous category winner, local entrepreneur and Rocky Mountaineer owner Peter Armstrong is spearheading a campaign to promote the Tourism and Hospitality category with CEOs from the industry. As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, Ernst & Young […]

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The British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI) and Okanagan College have a new tool in place to guide their cooperation well into the future. “This Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the value of our relationship with Okanagan College and provides a framework to further our common interests in research and projects to enhance the wine and related […]

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An Okanagan Chardonnay has once again beat the French at their own game. The Chardonnay du Monde competition is held annually in France’s Burgundy region, which also happens to be the birthplace of Chardonnay and traditionally where the best bottles of the world’s most popular varietal are made. However, this year, the 2016 Reserve Chardonnay […]

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The Canadian economy added 15,400 net new jobs last month, bringing the unemployment rate across the nation down to 5.8 per cent. In the B.C, the jobless rate shrank to 4.7 per cent,  facilitated in part by tourism-industry operators beginning to hire for the busy summer season. In the Okanagan, tourism operators hungry for qualified […]

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