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The Province is providing the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and the Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association with financial support of $200,000 each to help with tourism-related impacts from the B.C. wildfires, announced Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Lisa Beare. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Destination BC and the regional tourism associations will […]

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Explore BC, TOTA, Destination BC,

Every two years, Destination BC organizes a travel trade event for receptive tour operators (RTOs) based in the greater Vancouver area. Explore BC (formerly Discover BC) is a half day event that connects regional Destination Marketing Organizations with receptive tour operators and allows them to present new export ready products for consideration for tour groups […]

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The Embassy of Canada in France will host a webinar for employers interested in learning more about Destination Canada, Mobilité francophone, Express Entry and other support available for international recruitment. Session in French: Sept. 13 at 10:00am (EDT) Session in English: Sept. 13 at 11:00am (EDT) To sign up please send your name, title and […]

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The Immigrant Services Society of BC is Western Canada’s largest immigrant-serving agency. They are currently designing intercultural competency training opportunities for companies in BC, and would like to get a sense of what diversity-related topics would be of interest to tourism and hospitality businesses and industries. Your feedback through this 3 minute survey will help […]

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I don’t think I’m alone when I say that September has always felt more like the beginning of a new year than January. When the calendar rolled over to the “1st” last Friday if felt as though life had resumed some sense of normalcy, an order or sorts after the chaos of summer. Children returning […]

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Every day, 26 young workers are injured on the job — that’s one person every 55 minutes. Starting a new job, especially a first job, can be a little scary, but it shouldn’t be dangerous. WorkSafeBC has released the second and final 2017 engagement survey. Help provide better understanding of young workers’ awareness of workplace […]

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A famous Barbara Streisand song offers up a well-known phrase “people….people who need people”….  Now I am very certain “the Babs” was not referring to the tourism industry when she belted out those words, but she certainly could have been. Tourism is arguably one of the most labour intensive industries in the world, and while […]

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Okanagan College is offering a 10-day (60 hours), hands-on refresher course designed to prepare culinary professionals to challenge both the practical assessment and the final written Red Seal exam. Two sessions available: Session 1: Sep. 5-15; 10:30am-5:10pm (Mon-Fri) Session 2: Sep. 18–29; 10:30am – 4:30pm (Mon–Fri) Admission Requirements: Participants must be pre-approved by the Industry […]

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Black Press is hosting Kelowna’s largest career fair hosting over 100 exhibitors on Sep. 14, 2017. Employers and educational institutions are invited to join in recruiting local talent and showcasing your company in the Okanagan at this event. Time: 10am-4pm Location: Kelowna Curling Club The career fair will be heavily promoted in Black Press’ Okanagan […]

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At various times today throughout parts of the world the moon will eclipse the sun, in full or in part, depending on your location. While this phenomenon actually takes place roughly every eighteen months to two years, it is rare for it to occur over land, as it will today. As such, there has been […]

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….and we’d like you to join us!  This year we are taking the Thompson Okanagan Region on the road to assist our regional tourism stakeholders with next year’s employee recruitment and we are starting in October! The Thompson Okanagan is an ideal location for students and graduates of hospitality, business, and culinary programs in our […]

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Are you currently struggling to meet the hiring demand of this year’s summer season due to labour shortages and already dreading similar challenges for next summer? go2HR and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) are planning a trip to Alberta colleges to proactively promote Thompson Okanagan summer 2018 job and co-op opportunities to their tourism, […]

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Summer Promotion of the Route 97 region is focused on the BC and Alberta markets through our PPC campaign and social media activities. For more information on the Route 97 Program visit http://totabc.org/programs/route-97/ New Content A series of Road Trip video shoots with drone footage are happening throughout the summer and into the fall. The […]

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Tourism Kamloops and Tourism Sun Peaks together with Destination BC and TOTA are pleased to be presenting the 3rd Remarkable Experiences Workshop this fall. The program consists of two, 2-day workshop sessions that assist stakeholder in analyzing and adjusting their tourism experience(s), reviewing and updating their digital presence and ensuring they are effectively harnessing the […]

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The Liquor Control and Licensing Branch is offering free learning sessions to owners and staff of restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Sessions cover a range of topics, including: Updates on recent liquor policy changes Providing safe and responsible service Keeping a licence in good standing Steps to a successful liquor inspection Upcoming sessions include: Aug. […]

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In conversation last week someone made the comment “you can’t outspend the news!” and as we continue to deal with the fallout around the region as a result of ongoing wildfire messaging these words must be top of mind. I am sure we can all agree that 2017 has been an interesting year, certainly not […]

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Enough said…you know the rest of that sentence as the media has been saying those words continuously since prior to last Tuesday when the NDP/Green coalition replaced the Liberals after (yes, here it comes again) 16 years of rule. There is a whole new slate of individuals in Victoria, each determined to make a difference […]

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Update BC Wildfires: Economic Impact Survey To all industry stakeholders and DMO’s, Once again, I would like to thank you all for your support and feedback over the last two weeks. I continue to be humbled by the selflessness emerging from within our industry as people open their doors, hearts, and pockets to help those […]

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When natural disasters like wildfires strike, tourism operators play a vital role in providing information, direction, and guidance for tourists and visitors unfamiliar with BC. On this page, you will find many industry-specific resources available for your use in preparing for emergencies when they occur, including ways to prepare for tsunami, wildfire, flood, wildlife encounters, […]

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What is keeping me up at night is not a new story for our industry but it is one that requires, careful thought, immediate attention and creative solutions. Tourism operators have been experiencing labour shortages for many years now, it was something we were warned would occur and something that has and will continue to […]

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Route 97 Touring Program Book NOW for 2018 Print Guide or the 2017 Digital Campaign! The Route 97 2017/18 Touring Program is TOTA’s flagship destination marketing initiative that promotes the entire region. This integrated marketing program includes exposure for your business or community through digital marketing, print option, consumers shows, contesting and media. Route97.net content […]

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Join WorkSafeBC and other employers in your region to learn more about the proposed 2018 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. Kelowna – July 17, 2017 Kamloops – July 18, 2017 Reserve your seat here, […]

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Employers and educational institutions are invited to join in recruiting local talent and showcasing your company in the Okanagan at this event. The career fair will be heavily promoted in Black Press’ Okanagan print and digital publications, as well as on local radio stations. Vendors and their career/education opportunities will have the chance to be […]

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I am always fascinated about the origin of things. Things that, despite a world of change and advancing technology, we continue to do today in this the “modern world”. For example, during the planning for our upcoming  26th Annual TOTA Golf Tournament the question arose as to how and when the game of golf began. […]

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On July 4th, the First Nation people of the Thompson-Okanagan and Colville Confederated Tribe will join together in a Unity Ride paddling from north of Osoyoos Lake to Oroville, strengthening and re-enforcing the unity within their communities. Passing through the international border of Canada and the United States reinstates the traditional tribal territory demonstrating that […]

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