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Tourism is one of the most unique and interesting industries in the world. It brings people together, improves communications, builds relationships, provides education, is an outlet for cross-cultural experiences, promotes understanding and in doing so creates a vehicle for peace.  And notwithstanding all of these lofty outcomes, Tourism can also bring tremendous fun and joy […]

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The BC tourism industry is one of the largest employer of youth – one-third of employees are between the ages of 15-24. Entering the workforce for the first time can be intimidating for young workers, and statistics show that more than half of workplace accidents involve young and new workers during their first six months […]

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With the sudden and unexpected death of Anthony Bourdain this week it was once again brought home that no matter what one’s life circumstances are or appear to be on the surface, even the most unlikely of individuals can carry with them an intolerable weight and sadness. To the world, this man lived a life […]

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SuperHost launch

Vancouver, BC – go2HR – BC’s tourism human resource association – relaunched the revitalized SuperHost, including new and refreshed courses, at Science World on May 31, 2018. The event honoured the historical roots of the program, bringing back beloved Expo 86 mascot “Expo Ernie” to celebrate the relaunch! SuperHost was originally launched in 1985 in […]

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There is a feeling that can best be described as awe-inspiring when you step into any one of our historical government buildings located across this country. Whether you are visiting the House of Parliament in Ottawa or in our own Provincial Legislature in Victoria the magnitude of the work that has taken place during this […]

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We, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, are pleased to announce that we have been nominated for the North America’s Responsible Tourism Award! The World Travel Awards voting is now open with the deadline approaching in a few months. The World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism […]

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Join in on the film making fun at this year’s Devour! Osoyoos Fesitval! Devour! Osoyoos | The Food Film Fest is a highly-anticipated annual event sponsored by Watermark Beach Resort, Similkameen Independent Winegrowers, and Destination Osoyoos. Enjoy the best of what our region has to offer! BC’s best chefs, winemakers, cidermakers and growers come together with culinary […]

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This week, May 27th to June 2nd we celebrate National Tourism Week in Canada.  This initiative, hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) and supported, in our province, by the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC), is an important opportunity to bring attention to, and raise awareness of, the valuable role tourism plays […]

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At the risk of sounding like my parents, I cannot believe that we have just completed another successful Rendezvous Canada Tradeshow. It feels like only weeks ago that our team returned from last year’s event in Calgary, and we have now once again completed a remarkable week of meetings and networking in Halifax. For those […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new sustainability initiative for regional tourism stakeholders and communities that will continue to put emphasis towards responsible tourism development practices, upholding our region’s commitment to its importance. During the Central Okanagan Tourism Industry Showcase, a collaborative event between Tourism Kelowna, 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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One of the first steps to becoming COR-certified is to identify an internal Certificate of Recognition (COR) program champion who will lead the process for your organization and become a knowledgeable resource about the COR process. The COR Internal Auditor is an employee of a company who completes the auditor training for the purpose of […]

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We have been here before and not that many months ago. Our lakes, rivers, and streams are rising and many of our communities throughout the Thompson Okanagan are facing significant challenges with high water, road closures, and evacuations. These are real and serious situations and we all need to help and support our friends and […]

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In tourism we talk a lot about what differentiates us from other locations in the world. Our Iconic products, the authenticity of our story and shared history, the activities which provide opportunities to expand personal horizons, and of course, our culinary offerings which bring the bounty of our land to our plate and glass. I […]

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The North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, employees and stakeholders in occupational health and safety (OHS) collaborate to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace. This year, NAOSH Week is May 6-12, 2018. During NAOSH Week, employers are encouraged to organize some activities within your […]

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Struggling to hire local service supervisors, managers or other specialized service occupations (e.g. Chefs, Cooks, Bakers, Executive Housekeepers, F&B Supervisors, F&B Managers, etc.)? If so, the Mobilité Francophone stream of the International Mobility program may be of interest to you. On June 1st 2016, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented the Mobilité Francophone stream […]

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TOTA was pleased to once again be in attendance as one of this year’s sponsors of the Southern Interior Local Government Association Conference (SILGA) which took place last week in Revelstoke.  This event is attended by municipal and Regional District government mayors, councils and Directors working collectively on issues and challenges that are common to […]

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Buenos Aires, Argentina –The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) was selected from among a group of leading International Tourism Destinations as this year’s winner of the prestigious Tourism for Tomorrow Destination Award during the World Travel and Tourism Council Summit in Argentina. The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognize and celebrate inspirational and world changing initiatives […]

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A group of hospitality businesses in Osoyoos, B.C., wants to bring an oil field work camp to the South Okanagan to house seasonal hotel and motel workers. The 49-bed camp is currently in Fort McMurray, Alta., and would be trucked to Osoyoos at a cost of approximately $100,000, said Watermark Beach Resort General Manager Ingrid Jarrett. “They are single […]

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TOTA, Canada Media Marketplace, CMM, Destination BC, Destination Canada

As part of Team BC, TOTA attended Destination Canada’s Canada Media Marketplace in San Francisco April 8 – 11 to promote the Thompson Okanagan region to top US Media. Canada Media Marketplace (CMM) is about great storytelling. The annual event brings together the best in US travel media with provincial/territorial and regional Canadian tourism organizations, […]

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Further to the announcement on February 8 about the revision of general minimum wage in the province, Minister of Labour Harry Bains announced today the revision of minimum wages for five additional worker groups. These include liquor servers, who will see their wages rise incrementally starting June 1, 2018 to reach at least $15.20 per […]

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What are some current tourism labour market trends in BC? How can I be an employer of choice? Where can I find resources to help me recruit and retain good staff? Where do I start when it comes to setting up my health and safety program? Where can I turn for help to train my […]

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Have you ever noticed that those that are the busiest are also the ones that never fail to raise their hand when asked to help out? Whether coming together during a time of crisis or emergency or simply volunteering to pitch in for a person in need, it is always those with more than enough […]

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism makes regular sales trips to promote new product and group and FIT itineraries to greater Vancouver-based RTOs. Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA accompanied by Lisa Strachan, Director of Destination Development and Travel Trade, and Thom Tischik, CEO of Travel Penticton spent two days criss-crossing the lower mainland to […]

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Destination BC and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association in partnership with local stakeholders Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks hosted a mega familiarization fam at the three regional ski resorts. Called a “BC Mega Famil”, this was the largest famil that Sno’n’Ski Tours are running, with 30 agents across Australia attending, visiting 4 resorts […]

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