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go2HR’s annual Student Industry Rendezvous is the biggest, not-to-be-missed event that connects over 400 enthusiastic tourism and hospitality students to 35+ employers in the BC tourism and hospitality industry. If you’re looking to fill openings and bring on board talented young students and graduates, this is the chance to kick-start the recruitment conversation! The 2019 […]

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It has certainly proven to be an interesting year for the Thompson Okanagan and as with all years, I suppose, it has had some good and bad moments. One cannot reflect on the past year without recognizing the many challenges our stakeholders have coped with as a result of many natural occurrences ranging from severe […]

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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 — was declared winner of the highly prestigious World’s Responsible Tourism Award at the 25th annual World Travel Awards (WTA), held this past Saturday (Dec. 1) in Lisbon, Portugal. The award was accepted by Glenn Mandziuk, President […]

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It has been a tremendous year for our region and Association, not only being nominated for but shortlisted and even winning several prestigious awards around the world, against some very strong and, quite frankly, much larger in terms of budgets competition. Our region “Thompson Okanagan” is being recognized as a leader in strategic vision in […]

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Well, maybe winter isn’t quite here yet, but it is definitely coming and our ski resorts in this region are ready! With ski runs opening around the region it was great to see Sun Peaks open to record crowds, November 17 while Big White Resort opened last Thursday with a nod to American Thanksgiving.  Silver […]

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Recreational cannabis is now legalized, leaving many organizations concerned about their workplace obligations, particularly where impairment is suspected. go2HR is pleased to offer this webinar on Dec. 6, which will provide business owners, managers, supervisors and HR professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the use of recreational cannabis by employees. This […]

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The impact of all the summer smoke on the tourism sector in the Southern Interior was every bit as bad as you might have guessed. Overall it’s believed to have accounted for a 30 or 40 percent drop which is about half a million tourism visits. So the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is doing what […]

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This past week, more than 200 stakeholders took the time to join us in Osoyoos for the Annual TOTA AGM and Summit. It was encouraging to see every area of our region represented and inspiring to realize the resiliency of our tourism industry and operators. Both 2018, and in turn 2017, presented our industry in […]

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A student team from Okanagan College School of Business was crowned the winner of the regional Winning Pitch competition at the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association Summit today (November 14). The Winning Pitch, organized and presented by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, is a post-secondary student case competition. This year, student teams had to develop […]

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s annual Summit is just around the corner! This year’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we look forward to spending time with those of you who have signed up! If you haven’t, it’s not too late, and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, our […]

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After 2 years of working in collaboration, we could not have been more proud than hearing Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) CEO Keith Henry announce that Kelowna and the Thompson Okanagan as next year’s location for the International Indigenous Tourism Conference. While Kelowna will play host to the meetings make no mistake this will […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) along with its core partners Indigenous Tourism of British Columbia (ITBC), Tourism Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Shackan Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, were chosen as the successful bidder to host the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) in Kelowna, British Columbia in 2019. […]

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Don’t miss go2HR’s annual Student Industry Rendezvous 2019, the biggest student/employer networking event in BC’s tourism industry! Sold out every year, Rendezvous brings together students, educators, and employers in tourism and hospitality from all over BC for conversations that spark ideas, kick-start careers, and inspire businesses. What happens at Rendezvous? It’s where you can… Connect […]

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SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality is a comprehensive, practical introduction to the principles of providing a quality service experience. This one-day course is ideal for people who are either entering the workforce for the first time or after a significant break, or are fairly new at working in a front-line, customer-facing role. Date: November 26, […]

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We are just two weeks until this year’s TOTA AGM and Summit will be taking place in Osoyoos and we hope if you have not yet registered to attend that you will do so today! Once again, we believe the lineup of speakers and panels will be informative and interesting and that you gain valuable […]

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Register Now! We are proud to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting & Summit’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, Spirit Ridge is devoted to promoting inclusion, reconciliation, and community building. A world-class facility that features a desert winery, sensitive landscape, […]

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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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WorkSafeBC’s interactive Employer Health and Safety Planning Tool Kit is designed to help you create health and safety initiatives that work for your business, yet many organizations don’t know about this valuable, free resource. Want to know how much money you could save by focusing your injury prevention and management initiatives on your most frequent […]

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The Okanagan School of Business is excited to be hosting their 12th Annual Business Expo and Employment Fair on February 6, 2019 at the Okanagan College KLO Kelowna Campus and they invite you to participate. Date: February 6, 2019 Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Address: 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna This event will provide the […]

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Book Now for the 2018/19 Cooperative Marketing Opportunities The Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide will be enhanced for the 2019 edition with a focus on Road Trip loops and businesses and activities surrounding them. Route97.net will be re-developed to showcase our Road Trips. Advertising will move away from the current Service Directory style to banner ads that will […]

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With our municipal elections having taken place just moments ago I could not help but think about two interesting issues that surround all elections. Most importantly to applaud all of those individuals brave enough to be willing to put their name forward. Realizing the personal attack they will face, the scrutiny and the social media […]

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SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality is a comprehensive, practical introduction to the principles of providing a quality service experience. Nexus BC is offering a one-day classroom course on Oct. 25 in Enderby. This course is ideal for people who are either entering the workforce for the first time or after a significant break, or are […]

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Register Now! We are proud to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting & Summit’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, Spirit Ridge is devoted to promoting inclusion, reconciliation, and community building. A world-class facility that features a desert winery, sensitive landscape, […]

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As noted in last week’s Manic Monday there are a number of ways you can engage with activities in our region taking place over the next couple of months but time is quickly running out on two important opportunities: This Week Tuesday and Wednesday – GSTC Training Biosphere Adhesion / Committed Company – As part […]

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Destination Ambassador, the second course in go2HR’s SuperHost suite, expands on the skills learned in Foundations of Service Quality and empowers participants to contribute to a positive visitor experience of a community. This interactive half-day classroom course is delivered in partnership with local visitor centres, chambers of commerce, and regional tourism associations. Destination Ambassador is […]

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