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Last week I was very honored to be in attendance to receive the International Place Marketing Award at the 7th Annual Place Marketing Forum hosted, this year, in Lille France. The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association received this honor in recognition of our ongoing work in Responsible Sustainable Tourism and as part of this recognition I […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has been named the Tourism Laureate and winner of the International Place Marketing Award at the Place Marketing Forum in Lille, France for its leadership work in Sustainable Responsible Tourism. The awards “recognize the most emblematic achievements of place marketing worldwide” and projects are selected based on the following […]

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The Team at Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is thrilled to have their very own Ingrid Dilschneider recognized by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 40 Over 40.  A program, presented by BDO celebrating women in the Okanagan. Ingrid is currently Travel Trade specialist for TOTA and has recently been named as […]

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Our partners at Green Step have been working hard on a Business Recycling Education Program that started back in 2017. Their hard work has culminated in the creation of tool-kits to help three distinct groups; businesses, multi-family buildings, and festivals/events. These resources will assist in better recycling practices and increase waste diversion. The toolkits are available on the Regional District’s website at the […]

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It has been a very difficult week for the tourism industry worldwide as we have collectively mourned the loss of the passengers on the Air Ethiopia Flight and are once again reminded of the lives lost in the Lion Air flight just 5 months ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families who have lost […]

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Your customers vary in age, race, culture, sexual identity, beliefs, economic status, needs…are you ready to accommodate all of their different needs? Are your staff prepared to interact with people from various backgrounds? SuperHost’s new Service For All online training is here to help! In today’s diverse environment, it’s all the more important that our […]

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Last week, on the heels of a tremendous Tourism Industry Conference in Vancouver, I had the honour to be asked to a private dinner with Calin Rovinescu, President & CEO of Air Canada together with industry, education and sector leaders to discuss the BC economy’s challenges and opportunities.  Being able to share the great work of our […]

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Tourism jobs are still front and centre on TV! go2HR is thrilled to tell you that their Global TV campaign promoting tourism jobs has been extended! Until March 17, these ads are on Global BC and BC 1 and the whole campaign is estimated to earn 3.3 million impressions across BC! How do you take […]

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Attending last week’s Tourism Industry Conference in Vancouver, hosted annually by TIABC, it was apparent that our industry has come of age and is definitely being taken seriously. With record attendance, a tremendous line up of speakers and insightful, thought-provoking breakout sessions (many that were standing room only), things felt different. And… the numbers don’t lie.  […]

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Accent Inns Inc. has won the coveted 2019 Employees First Award, presented last night at the BC Tourism Industry Conference Gala. The award is sponsored by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, as part of the 2019 Tourism Industry Awards. The Employees First Award recognizes a British Columbia tourism industry employer who has upheld high […]

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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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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) — a not-for-profit society which represents business and community tourism interests throughout the region — congratulated their stakeholders by hosting a “Celebrating Our Potential” event at the Kelowna Yacht Club on Wednesday, February 20. The evening was all about thanking and congratulating industry for their role in the success […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is very pleased to announce that the Thompson Okanagan region is recognized as one of the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations Worldwide by Green Destinations and a finalist in the Best of the Americas Awards to be presented at ITB In Berlin, Germany in March. I’m so proud of the tourism […]

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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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It was unbelievable to see so much rock came down on Highway 97 north of Summerland over the past 10 days and even more incredible that no one was injured. The magnitude of the fault running 50 meters in both directions of the original slide location can hardly be fathomed. As someone who travels this route […]

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Welcome to Route 97! Where the freedom of the open road meets the North Central Washington and the Thompson Okanagan of British Columbia regions.. Be curious, explore Route 97 and all it has to offer 2019 Route 97 Road Trip Guide & Map Advertising still available now Book Your Ad Now Deadline for booking is February […]

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Service For All is a unique course around customer service in today’s diverse environment, teaching the concepts of accommodating those with different needs and interacting with customers of all identities. Students will learn about best practices around customers from various backgrounds and identities, including but not limited to: Different generations (e.g. boomers, Gen X, millennials, […]

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It’s almost unbelievable that it has already been a year since the TIABC annual conference was hosted here in our region. This year the conference is being held in Vancouver from February 27 – March 1st and there is still plenty of time to register.  While there is always a multitude of excuses as to […]

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In a repeat of last year’s win, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) was recognized by the World Travel Awards (WTA) as the 2019 North America’s Responsible Tourism Award. “This recognition is such an honour as it comes from tourism industry leaders from around the globe and reinforces the Association’s commitment to advancing the Region as a […]

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Aldeias Históricas de Portugal used its presence at the Biosphere stand to share their best practices, resources, experiences and researches. The Executive Director of Aldeias Históricas, Dalila Marisa Dias and her team, signed with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, represented by its CEO and President Glenn Mandziuk, the Board Chair, Frank Antoine and the Vice President Ellen […]

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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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By definition, the word IMPACT means “to have a strong effect on someone or something”. Without question, Tourism does just that. It has a major impact on our residents, communities, wildlife, watershed, lands, and ecosystems. Developed well, it can provide visitors and locals alike with a lifetime of memories, heightened knowledge of history and culture, unleash great […]

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Promoting authentic Indigenous art and culture contributes to the vitality of Indigenous communities and builds a more inclusive economy. As Indigenous tourism increases in popularity, connecting Indigenous artisans with new and growing markets helps foster economic growth and entrepreneurship in communities, while preserving Indigenous culture for future generations. That is why the Honourable Navdeep Bains, […]

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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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Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s (ABNC) Communications & Events Coordinator is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of all ABNC events, marketing and the communications for the organization. This position reports directly to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Communications & Fundraising Board Committee. The Communications & Events Coordinator is responsible for the organization’s communications strategy […]

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