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TOTA News Archives

For every one of us, no matter where we live or what industry we are working in, there is tremendous anxiety as we navigate this current and developing pandemic situation. Business losses are mounting daily, while people’s livelihoods, savings, and futures are all in question. We are worried about our financial health, personal health, mental health and […]

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Once again it has been a very challenging week for the entire world and we know, here in the Thompson Okanagan, it has been extremely difficult for all of our tourism industry, small and large. Over the course of the past several days, our TOTA team together with members of the regional Community DMO’s, have […]

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In these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to stay connected. As we have been advising over the past few weeks, we will be updating our website and News Centre with pertinent links to information as it becomes available and we will continue to take your comments, questions, and concerns weekly to the Provincial Government and Destination […]

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As International and Domestic news updates on the Coronavirus, COVID-19 continue to be at the top of the news daily, I wanted to assure our Stakeholders that the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is working closely with the Provincial and Federal agencies, Destination Canada, and Destination BC and other industry stakeholders and partners to assess […]

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By all accounts, the Tourism Industry Conference held in Victoria was another great success, congratulations to TIABC and all of those that worked tirelessly to host this important industry event. I was personally unable to attend the meetings last week but TOTA had tremendous representation by way of our Chair, Frank Antoine; Vice-Chair, Michael Ballingall; […]

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Thompson Okanagan Accessibility Guide

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association invites you to participate in the 2020 Travel Guide. Like you, TOTA is committed to becoming a world-class, universally accessible destination for all and, through this guide, we will highlight barrier-free tourism adaptive outdoor adventures and services experiences throughout the region.  Tap into this emerging market for longer stays, and […]

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February 20, 2020 To further support Biosphere Committed Entities, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is collaborating with GreenStep Solutions to help members measure, monitor, and manage key areas of environmental sustainability with the Eco-Efficiency Program. Through this program, all Biosphere Committed Entities are eligible to receive free Eco-Efficiency assessments from GreenStep which will examine current […]

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Thompson Okanagan Accessibility Guide

The Thompson Okanagan is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming destination and through our brand new travel guide, we will be highlighting barrier-free tourism experiences throughout the region. Do you offer accessible parking? Do you have an accessible entrance? Do you have an accessible washroom? If your business is friendly for those with mobility […]

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Last weeks announcement of additional $1 million in regional funding facilities, through the BC tourism regions such as TOTA, for rural communities negatively effected by Mill closures is a tremendous collaboration between the Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development together with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Destination BC. […]

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Advertising Space in the 2020 Route 97 Road Trip Map is now 85% Sold! Secure your spot now to avoid disappointment. Due to overwhelming demand, a Route 97 Road Trip Map will be published and distributed across BC and WA in 2020. Advertising opportunities are now available for interested stakeholders. Where Will the Map Be […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and go2HR are proud to announce a renewed partnership between our organizations. TOTA and go2HR are teaming up to enhance regional efforts to align tourism businesses with the Biosphere Certification and the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. As part of the Biosphere Adhesion Program, go2HR will be providing […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), in partnership with Destination British Columbia (DBC), is pleased to announce Industry Development Workshops taking place in the region early this year. Register early to reserve your place. Join us for a free session, to learn about the resources and tools available through Google that can help your business […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), in partnership with Destination British Columbia (DBC), is pleased to announce Industry Development Workshops taking place in the region in early 2020. Register early to reserve your place. The Grow With Google Workshop allows stakeholders to grow their business online utilizing Google’s free tools and resources. It is FREE and will be available […]

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Due to overwhelming demand, a Route 97 Road Trip Map will be published and distributed across BC and WA in 2020. Where Will the Map Be Distributed? 50,000 Copies will be distributed throughout Visitor Centres in British Columbia (40,000 copies) and Washington State (10,000 copies from Wenatchee to the Oroville Border) 5,000 Copies will be available at […]

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It was truly an emotional moment, last Friday, when the announcement was formally made that the 2020 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference would take place November 19th – 22nd in Kelowna, BC. This decision is a direct result of the dedicated work that has taken place across the Province by communities, tourism stakeholders, and partners who […]

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Media Release December 6, 2019 For the first time, the 2020 Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Global Conference will be hosted in Canada. The conference will be hosted at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia, from November 19 – 22, 2020. The announcement was made in Terceira Island, Azores, […]

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For the second year in a row, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has been named the 2019 World’s Responsible Tourism Award Winner at the 26th Annual World Travel Awards. The announcement was made at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony held in Muscat, Oman, on November 28th, 2019. President and CEO, Glenn Mandziuk, stated: “We […]

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It is hard to believe it has already been a week since the Thompson Okanagan Region played host to just shy of 800 delegates at the 2019 International Indigenous Tourism Conference in Kelowna, BC; the largest event of its kind ever held. It was also the first time that three Indigenous Nations have come together to host this conference. The […]

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