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Please be advised, space is filling up! Be sure to register soon! We are proud to announce that this year’s golf tournament theme is “Drive” for Sustainability, celebrating the Thompson Okanagan’s successful attainment of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We’re happy to announce the Kelowna Foodbank will be joining us as our Zero Hunger […]

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To all Thompson Okanagan industry stakeholders and DMOs, Once again, we have a situation whereby the Province of British Columbia has had to take the step of declaring a Provincial State of Emergency as 566 wildfires currently burn across the province. The Provincial State of Emergency means that the province now has access to federal resources and support […]

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Previously, WorksafeBC had requested stakeholder feedback on proposals to strengthen and standardize Certificate of Recognition (COR) policies, COR Audit Standard, and other components of the program across all certifying partners. The feedback was used to establish the proposed future state of the following COR components: Audit Standard – provide a single, scalable audit standard scalable […]

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AUGUST 2018 The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is pleased to announce our shortlisting in the brand new International Travel & Tourism Awards, presented by WTM London for “Best in Responsible Tourism”. These awards celebrate the success of national, regional and city tourist boards and recognize outstanding private sector companies and individuals. We are very proud […]

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We are proud to announce that this year’s golf tournament theme is “Drive” for Sustainability, celebrating the Thompson Okanagan’s successful attainment of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We’re happy to announce the Kelowna Foodbank will be joining us as our Zero Hunger sponsor in line with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals! We encourage […]

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It is hard to believe that while we are just half way through our summer season, in less than 17 weeks we will be together with stakeholders, communities and partners at the annual TOTA AGM and Summit. This year we are looking forward to being in Osoyoos at Spirit Ridge Resort November 14th and 15th […]

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Recently, while attending a workshop in Vancouver, a spontaneous lunch conversation broke out around the eroding capacity for people to know how to “guess”.  The discussion centred around why it should even matter, when just about anything you could ever want to know can be answered by Google, Wikipedia, and Alexa. These, and other, AI […]

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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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Did you or your organization take part in a go2HR/TOTA initiative within this past year? This could include posting summer jobs on the go2HR Job Board, attending the Tourism Job Fair in Kelowna in March, or visiting Alberta post-secondary institutions as part of the Campus Recruitment Trip in October. If you did or did not […]

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With the sudden and shocking announcement of Greyhound ending service in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan the news media has had continuous and widespread commentary on the many reasons why and how this could possibly have happened. It is almost inconceivable that this long standing and once very prosperous organization finds itself in the position of […]

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Join WorkSafeBC and other employers in your region to learn more about the proposed 2019 rates for your industry, injury trends in British Columbia, and what you can do to reduce injuries, claim costs, and your insurance rate. Attendance is free, but registration is required to reserve your seat. Kelowna – July 18, 2018 Kamloops […]

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We are proud to announce that this year’s golf tournament theme is “Drive” for Sustainability, celebrating the Thompson Okanagan’s successful attainment of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Look out for contests and prizes along the way! Early Bird Registration Prize: Register yourself, or a team of four, before July 30th for a chance to […]

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After almost seven years we said farewell to our friend and colleague Howard Grieve, who officially retired from TOTA and his role in Travel Trade and Media this past Friday, June 29th.  Howard was a dedicated tourism professional whom we all enjoyed working with and who will be missed by our entire team, his associates […]

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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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LEARN about Indigenous culture BUILD new & better relationships OPEN UP to new opportunities Last Thursday throughout Canada we celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day. Several of our TOTA team attended celebrations that took place throughout this region.  The day weaved together ceremony with celebration, festivity with sombre reflection, timeless rituals with modern adaptations, and all […]

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Tournament Details: Date: Thursday, August 30th, 2018 Time: 1:30 pm shotgun start; registration opens at 10:00 am Location: Black Mountain Golf Club, 575 Black Mountain Dr, Kelowna How to Participate: Single Registration: $199.00 + $9.95 (GST) = $208.95 each (includes 18 hole green fees, shared power golf cart, and dinner) Special Offer: Register a team of […]

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go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, is pleased to welcome four tourism industry professionals to its board of directors, joining eleven directors who were re-appointed or continuing their terms. These directors were elected at go2HR’s Annual General Meeting on June 19, 2018. go2HR would like to welcome the following directors: Craig Blize, VP of Operations, […]

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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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