TOTA News

TOTA News Archives

Access means everything to the Tourism Industry and it is certainly a critical component of “driving or flying”  tourism revenues into the Thompson Okanagan. On the ground, this means ensuring we continue to lobby for improved road systems through lane twinning, increased passing sections and the use of more electronic adjustable speed limit signage.  We […]

Read more
Team BC Representing Destination BC at the Quartzsite RV Show in Arizona.

Billed as the largest gathering of RVers in the world, the town of Quartzsite, Arizona sees as many as 1,000,000 people travelling in RVs visit the area every year. In combination with a large gem and mineral show, the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV show sees attendance of almost 150,000 people over the ten days […]

Read more

Thompson Okanagan Regional Tourism Job Fair Register Your Business Today for a Booth at the Upcoming Job Fair – March 15th Kelowna BC Get a head start on your summer hiring! Showcase your business and attract job seekers at the Thompson Okanagan Regional Tourism Job Fair, the largest tourism and hospitality career fair in the […]

Read more

How did you find one of your first jobs? Many of us who are over the age of 40, found those important first time positions through family, friends, a local ad or an ad in the newspaper. I remember my first real job (as in not working for my dad), happened because I actually walked […]

Read more

go2HR and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) are pleased to host the largest tourism and hospitality career fair in the Thompson Okanagan region. This interactive all-day event will be open to the general public and feature a stage with live demonstrations by local industry professionals to help educate and inspire job seekers. Date: Mar. […]

Read more

We are nearly sold out of employer spots at this year’s Student Industry Rendezvous! Over 400 students from 10 different post-secondary schools with tourism and hospitality programs will be attending – will you be there to connect with them and tell them about all the great opportunities to work with you? We have a couple […]

Read more

Are you struggling to fill all your open positions? Worried about not meeting the hiring demand of the upcoming season? It’s not just you – many tourism employers in British Columbia are facing the same challenges you have. For this purpose, go2HR and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association have put together videos to showcase why […]

Read more

Save The Date! For the past several years the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has had a “sister region” relationship with that are of Southern Queensland Country in Australia. This particular area of Australia shares a great many of our similarities and attributes. They too are an inland region in Australia that draws on two major coastal […]

Read more

Creating a sustainable tourism destination begins with a commitment by each and every community and stakeholder in the region.  As I have noted before, the work that was done leading up to the Biosphere Responsible Tourism designation for the Thompson Okanagan achieved in early November was just the beginning of an exciting journey that we […]

Read more

January 2018 is well underway and whether your holiday season was short or extended it is now time to get back at it!  The Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia (TIABC) Industry Conference is coming soon with registration filling up and you should make sure you don’t miss out. This year’s conference is being held […]

Read more

If you are tired of the standard New Year’s lists of things that you are committing to and subsequently ignoring, try selecting and committing to a single word to define your upcoming year. I say select loosely as the word usually finds you rather than the reverse. Interestingly over the years these words, in reflection, […]

Read more

Merry Christmas Day! I hope today you find yourself so busy with family and friends that you are actually reading this on December 26, 27 or even 28!. With the magic of Christmas Eve now a distant memory and all of the gifts that were once nicely wrapped under the tree ripped open, where do […]

Read more

go2HR and TOTA are planning a Thompson Okanagan Regional Tourism Job Fair on March 15, 2018 in Kelowna, and we want you to be a part of it! This all-day event will be open to the general public and a great opportunity for employers  to promote summer 2018 job opportunities to job seekers who are […]

Read more

Register Now – spaces filling up! Don’t miss your chance to participate in this winters Remarkable Experiences Workshop! Thompson Okanagan Tourism together with Destination BC is launching another year of building helping stakeholders build Remarkable Experiences. The winter sessions are taking place: January 23/24 February 21/22 One focus for this session will be culinary and farm to table […]

Read more

It is amazing that so much of our world is digitized and yet so many of us struggle with the concept of a digital currency; aka bitcoin. The hard truth is that several years ago I was offered an opportunity to purchase a Bitcoin for just under $400. Ever the skeptic, (as in I still […]

Read more

Throughout the winter, promotion of Route 97 continues with a focused effort of marketing in British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State. The objective is to create awareness of winter product available and inspire travel to the region. All operators with winter product receive a free link on the Wonder of Winter section on Route 97. Send […]

Read more

Last week I heard a startling statistic.  Our BC food banks currently assist over 103,000 people every month, a full third (34,000) are children and these numbers are continuing to grow. These statistics are overwhelming in a province and country of so much wealth and prosperity. While the holiday season tends to bring a renewed […]

Read more
CITAP, Winter Event, Asia Pacific, RTO,

TOTA continues to support CITAP and recently attended their 21st annual Winter Event at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. TOTA is a long time member of the association. Canadian Inbound Tourism Association – Asia Pacific (CITAP) is committed to further developing Canada as the preferred destination for Asia Pacific travellers. CITAP was established in 1997 […]

Read more
TOTA, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Jonview Training, Destination BC

As part of Team BC, Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA travelled to Toronto and Montreal November 27 – December 1 to present regional iconic experiences at Explore BC to over 40 key Travel Trade accounts. Joining other Destination BC, Aboriginal Tourism BC, and BC regional partners, Explore BC presentations focused on […]

Read more

Tourism throughout the country and certainly in our Thompson Okanagan Region continues to experience challenges due to growing labour shortages. Attracting, retraining and retaining individuals to our industry is of primary concern and certainly effects our industry’s  long term ability to deliver remarkable experiences and some cases prevents operators from providing any experiences at all […]

Read more

go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, is pleased to become certified by the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR). As part of their commitment to promote workplace safety within the tourism industry, go2HR is the certifying partner for the COR program in partnership with WorkSafeBC, developing audit tools and supporting tourism operators to achieve their certification. […]

Read more
GoMedia Canada, Destination Canada, Destination BC, TOTA, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist and Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of TOTA  and Team Destination BC recently met with over 50 journalists from around the world during GoMedia Canada October 2 – 5, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 134 Journalists and Editors from around the world attended the event and had the opportunity to […]

Read more
Canadas West Marketplace Networking Lunch

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association recently attended Canada’s West Marketplace held November 13 -1 5, in Victoria BC. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO and Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Travel Media Specialist for TOTA attended and met with buyers over the 1.5 days of BC appointments.Most revealing and positive were the reports of growth in business expected for […]

Read more

NexusBC is now accepting applications from employers for the 2018 Vernon Job Fair. Date: Apr. 10, 2018 Time: 10am to 3pm Location: Vernon Lodge Grand Ballroom, Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre, 3914 32nd St. V1T5P1 Last year’s job fair attracted over 35 employers and 550 enthusiastic jobseekers, and this year’s event is expected to be […]

Read more

The challenges that employers face concerning substance use and potential abuse in the workplace have become more complicated. These challenges are particularly complex in remote workplaces in the tourism and hospitality industry, where employees are often alone or unsupervised. Managing off-duty conduct in situations where employees live in employer-provided accommodations throws even more confusion into […]

Read more

The above title is taken in part from an African Proverb;  “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. These words so clearly underscore the importance of developing partnerships and the need for our tourism industry to work together to ensure our far reaching success. An excellent […]

Read more