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On behalf of the Board of Directors of Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), Chair Annalisa King is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Howlett as a Director at Large. Kevin joins the board as a Director at large following a highly successful career as an executive in the aviation industry. Kevin brings years of experience […]

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[Summerland, BC] June 4, 2019 – Silkscarf Winery located in Summerland, British Columbia in the Okanagan Valley won a Gold Medal for their 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was announced in late April. The 2019 Concours International Des Cabernets (CIDC) held the competition in the city of Limas (15 km north of Lyon, France), on the southern […]

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Madrid (Spain), 6 June 2019 – Exports generated by international tourism reached USD 1.7 trillion in 2018, a 4% increase in real terms over the previous year, a new report from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) shows. For the seventh year in a row, tourism exports grew faster than merchandise exports (+3%), reflecting solid demand for […]

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Sun Peaks, BC (June 5, 2019): Sun Peaks Resort and SilverStar Mountain Resort are excited to announce a new season pass holder reciprocal program that provides enhanced access to both summer and winter product lines at two leading destinations in the interior of British Columbia. This upgraded program will see all winter alpine season pass […]

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This week at Rendezvous Canada, Destination Canada launched the new Canada brand, “For Glowing Hearts.” Building on Canadian values, and inspired by our National Anthem, this new brand hopes to capture the essence of our story for our visitors. Encouraging them to experience all that we are as a people and inviting them into our […]

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A year after devastating floods forced thousands to evacuate their homes in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, the 2018 B.C. Floods Fund has reached $7.2 million, of which the Red Cross has spent or committed $5.2 million on recovery efforts. The Red Cross updated those efforts Tuesday, noting case workers continue to meet with residents […]

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Some of the continent’s top airport executives will be gathering in Kelowna later this week. Airports Canada 2019 is a national forum held to discuss the issues that affect the 140 million passengers who use Canada’s airports every year. The event, which is being conducted by the Canadian Airports Council, will be held on Wednesday […]

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Tourism Week in Canada is organized nationally by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC). It is a grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic opportunity available to Canada through travel and tourism and the public policy challenges preventing the sector from capitalizing on those opportunities. Tourism Week in Canada aligns tourism organizations, businesses […]

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April is B.C. wine month, which means there is plenty on tap for the next 30 days to celebrate one of the province’s most important industries. The BC Wine Institute, for instance, will conduct a series of wine tastings, educational seminars, promotions and events “to celebrate the quality and diversity of B.C. wine.” The introduction […]

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Forget the groundhog. The surest sign of spring in the Okanagan is when wineries open their doors for the season and vineyards start pruning their vines to prepare for another year of grapes. Over the past week, some Okanagan wineries have expanded to full-time spring hours in their tasting rooms after a long winter. Many others have […]

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Mobilize celebrates 10 launches across Canada

“A shout out to all our business and association partners in Thompson Okanagan and the rest of British Columbia – we couldn’t have done it without you!” – Benjamin Guth, founder of Mobilize Jobs Mobilize Jobs is just wrapping its 10th seasonal launch of motivated workers to tourism and hospitality businesses across Canada and the United […]

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Golfers across the Central Okanagan have been itching for weeks to dust off the golf clubs and hit the links. But, a cold and snowy end to winter pushed that date further, and further into March. The first courses of the season don’t expect to open until the end of next week. Two Eagles in […]

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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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