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The B.C. wine industry is looking a decade into the future. On the heels of the BC Wine Industry Insight Conference in Penticton this week, the BC Wine Institute has unveiled WineBC2030—a long-term strategic plan for the sector. The conference at the Lakeside Resort brought together 200 stakeholders and speakers to provide a forward-looking overview […]

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Destination British Columbia has tagged a key member of the Okanagan business community to serve as one of its vice-chairmen. Michael J. Ballingall of Big White Ski Resort has been named vice-chairman of Destination BC’s tourism marketing committee for 2019. Ballingall is Big White’s senior vice-president and has been a driving force for the province’s […]

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A new strategic framework, launched at the annual Tourism Industry Conference, will guide year-round tourism growth that benefits people and communities while protecting British Columbia’s natural environment. The industry has proven itself as an economic force in B.C., with nearly 6.1 million international visitors from around the globe choosing destinations throughout the province last year […]

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TOTA was thrilled to join Fishing BC, as recipients of this years Innovation Award (a tie for the win) at the BC Tourism Industry Awards in Vancouver last Thursday night. It was an evening of recognition for the BC Tourism Industry with an outstanding array of finalists and winners in six overall Categories. It was an exceptional […]

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Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueum and Squamish Territory (Vancouver, BC) Members of the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat were present as the Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Lisa Beare unveiled the new strategic framework for tourism in BC at the annual tourism industry conference in Vancouver. “On behalf of the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat, representing each of the […]

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Tourism societies in the Okanagan are warning their members they are unaffiliated with a website sending unsolicited invoices to businesses seeking hundreds of dollars. A variety of restaurants and tourism-related businesses in the region have been receiving invoices from an unknown entity called “Tourism Okanagan.” Edgar Schroeder of the Shades on Main Restaurant in Penticton received one, […]

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For the fourth time the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 is unveiled. This list celebrates the efforts of tourism destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism. The list is the result of open calls in newswires, social and business media. Nominators had to provide extensive information on their destination and its efforts to make itself and its […]

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How to effectively ‘sell’ International Gateway Kelowna, Kelowna’s original language school (est. 2002) and Kelowna as a study destination. The weather and climate is one of the mildest and sunniest in Canada. That’s why Kelowna is Canada’s #1 resort and top retirement destination. Average 0C in January and 30C in August without the nasty humidity […]

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The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is best known for providing financial assistance to hospitality industry members who are facing an extraordinary medical crisis, but the charitable organization also helps develop the next generation of industry members by offering a range of scholarships. BCHF Industry Scholarships This is a legacy scholarship to support families in the […]

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The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is pleased to announce it will receive 100% of the proceeds from a series of 3 intimate dinners held at L’Abattoir’s No.1 Gaoler’s Mews over the coming months. The dinners, each of which has only 8 seats available, will be collaborations between L’abattoir’s Chef Lee Cooper and internationally renowned chefs. In order […]

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Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser brand brings a “green” message and a bit of pop culture to its Super Bowl LIII commercial, released Wednesday. The commercial, titled “Wind Never Felt Better,” features a Dalmatian dog enjoying the breeze atop the brand’s iconic Clydesdale hitch, moving alongside wind turbines, all set to Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind.” “Now brewed […]

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It’s been a warm winter so far in the Okanagan, causing trouble for wineries around the valley that were counting on freezing temperatures to be able to harvest grapes for ice wine production. “We’ve sort of had the warmest winter that we’ve had for several years,” said Hillside Winery winemaker Kathy Malone. She said ice […]

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The Thompson Okanagan was awarded Biosphere Certified Destination GOLD status by the Responsible Tourism Institute this week.  This distinction recognizes not only tourism sustainability developed from the Biosphere certification but the work made to extend this commitment to the tourism companies and services of the destination. The Thompson Okanagan becomes the third destination in the […]

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The year just past has been a good one for the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. The tourism association is a finalist in the 15th United Nations World Tourism Awards, recognized for the organization’s drive toward tourism sustainability in its Embracing our Potential strategy. “We were honoured to receive notice and recognition in World Tourism’s non-governmental category,” president […]

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Destination BC is pleased to share that Dawn Black has been appointed Chair of the board of directors, beginning her term January 2019. Ms. Black joined the board in July 2018. Ms. Black is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and former three-term Member of Parliament, first elected in 1988. Active in her […]

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects having made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for contributing to advance the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Initiatives from Canada, Colombia, India, Italy, Spain, Switzerland […]

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2018 year may go down at the year of the trail. The Ribbons of Green Trails Society are hailing a network of trails that came online this year. The much-anticipated Okanagan Rail Trail officially opened, several other major trail routes were completed, or are near completion, and land for a new future rail trail route […]

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B.C. is poised to break yet another record for tourism in 2018. According to statistics from Destination B.C., this year, international arrivals to B.C. rose by  5.7 per cent over 2017. It’s the seventh year in a row that international visits to the province have climbed. Cruise ship passengers increased by 12 per cent, and hotels, which were booked […]

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A stronger focus on tourism could add billions to the Canadian economy and create up to 180,000 new jobs, according to a new advisory report prepared for the federal government. The report by the McKinsey & Company advisory firm says one of the main issues holding Canada back is its lopsided tourism profile as most […]

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Does promoting sustainability work as a tourism marketing strategy? Two European destinations are banking on branding green as a way to attract more high-spending visitors., hoping to break down perceptions that sustainability is a marketing gimmick. For the past 10 years, the Slovenian Tourist Board has been all in on green tourism as a development […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) along with its core partners Indigenous Tourism of British Columbia (ITBC), Tourism Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Shackan Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, were chosen as the successful bidder to host the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) in Kelowna, British Columbia in 2019. […]

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Indigenous tourism in B.C. has hit an all-time high. A new report shows that customers spend more than $705 million a year on tourism businesses run by First Nations in the province. There are currently 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in B.C., up from 267 in 2014, according to the study conducted by O’Neil Marketing and Consulting. Together, the businesses create 7,400 full-time jobs. The bulk of them are in […]

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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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