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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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Two Okanagan Wineries topped the list of gold medal winners at an international Chardonnay competition in France. Earlier this month, the 2018 Chardonnay du Monde competition awarded Liquidity Wines the top spot on its Top 10 gold medal list, for the winery’s not-yet-released 2016 Chardonnay Reserve. Coming in just behind the Okanagan Falls winery was […]

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The Canadian Paralympic Team is sending 55 athletes to PyeongChang, and nearly half of them have a connection to British Columbia. There will be 24 athletes affiliated with B.C. including Mel Pemble, who started her journey at the 2014 BC Winter Games and went on to compete at the 2015 Canada Winter Games. After first […]

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British Columbia continues to be a big draw for tourists and business people from around the world. New numbers from Statistics Canada show a three per cent uptick in visitor arrivals in December 2017 over the same month last year. In total, over 5.7 million overnight visitors came to the province last year – an […]

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A new, built-in-the-Okanagan rototiller will join the valley’s milfoil control fleet this year. The Okanagan Basin Water Board was updated this week on its construction, which should be complete by April. Built by Multi-Power Products of Kelowna, it will complement three other machines plying Okanagan lakes. The older equipment is between 14 and 34 years old. The […]

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You have the fluffiest towels, the best views, the most intimate experiences with nature or the most amazing [insert your top guest benefits here.] Sound familiar? Research by Xavier Font, Islam Elgammal & Ian Lamond, published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, has demonstrated that most tourism businesses focus their marketing and communications exclusively on the […]

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WestJet will add 16 new flights each week in and out of the Okanagan this summer. The airline’s newly released summer schedule includes more flights to both Penticton and Kelowna, from major Western Canadian cities. The airline is increasing the number of flights between Vancouver and Kelowna by nine a week, meaning it will now fly […]

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A second season of the documentary series Quest Out West Wild Food is returning to the Okanagan. The season launches Thursday, Okanagan Film Commissioner Jon Summerland says. The TV show airs on Aboriginal Peoples Televisions Network (APTN) and is set in the “breathtaking beauty of the Okanagan’s outdoors and nature’s wild food gardens.” Host Tracey Kim Bonneau […]

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Join us March 7 to 9 in Kelowna for the BC Tourism Industry Conference. For over 20 years, the BC Tourism Industry Conference has been providing a forum for tourism businesses and stakeholders from around British Columbia to come together to learn from experts and each other about the key issues, challenges and best practices […]

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Over the past two decades the Okanagan wine industry has grown tremendously and despite a series of natural disasters this spring and summer, the local wine industry has made a name for itself worldwide, says Tina Baird with the Naramata Bench Wineries Association. Floods in the spring and wildfires in the summer took a toll on […]

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KELOWNA (December 5, 2017) – New Managing Director, Heather Sharpe has been appointed to lead the Okanagan Chapter of eWomenNetwork to assist area women in building business relationships and finding new ways to turn networking interactions into new clients and increased sales transactions. “According to the Small Business Association, women are starting businesses at three […]

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Those flying from Kelowna to Vancouver, Edmonton or Toronto can now save a little more on their travel costs starting. On Friday (Dec 15), Kelowna-based Flair Airlines begins service as the first ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada to fly from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) and Kelowna International Airport (YLW). The […]

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Five small BC wineries, intervening on behalf of a coalition of more than 100 BC wineries, had their day in court on Thursday, December 7, during a rare two-day hearing at the Supreme Court of Canada. The wineries were represented by Coulson Litigation. The R. v. Comeau hearing addressed the legal barriers to inter-provincial shipping of Canadian […]

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British Columbia remains a top tourism destination, according to newly released numbers from Statistics Canada. Figures from September show 4.6 per cent growth over the same month in 2016, with more than 26,000 more visitors arriving in B.C. The total year-to-date international overnight custom entries to B.C. are also up 3.1 per cent, with more […]

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Small business owners who suffered financial and business losses following British Columbia’s worst wildfire season can now apply for additional financial assistance. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston, and Canadian Red Cross […]

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