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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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Two weeks into this new year and we already have a number of exciting changes lined up. The first, which you can see here, is a brand new look for Manic Monday. Of course, I will still be sending out my weekly musings along with a few highlights from the News Centre, but we wanted […]

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Your employees love coming to work. You support their wellness and professional growth. You make sure they work safely. You celebrate your achievements together, and everyone works toward the success of your company. Not every employer can make these claims…so why not get recognized for all your efforts in fostering a terrific workplace culture? Nominations […]

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Calling all employers! In the first event of its kind, Enderby, Armstrong, Spallumcheen and the Splatsin First Nation will be bringing together employers and job-seekers from across the region at the North Okanagan-Shuswap Employment and Business Fair on March 11, 2019, at the new Splatsin Centre in Enderby. This is a great opportunity for employers […]

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The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects having made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for contributing to advance the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Initiatives from Canada, Colombia, India, Italy, Spain, Switzerland […]

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Some of the smartest minds have made it very clear;  “We have 11 years in which we must make dramatic changes to our behaviors in order to keep our world alive”; literally.  As the earth heats up, glaciers melt and the oceans temperature increase the scientific world has stated that warming must be capped at […]

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Anyone who knows me has heard this before; a New Year means a New Blank page upon which to write new stories. Tomorrow, January 1st, 2019, is another new beginning and with it the unveiling of exciting opportunities, more changes, and challenges in how we will live, travel and experience the world. I thought I […]

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If you are reading this today December 24th, you are either likely very organized for the holidays and enjoying some well-deserved “relaxation”  or are ignoring the fact that you have so much to do before the events of tonight and tomorrow that you don’t know where to start. For many of us, this is the […]

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This event is designed to connect students with industry professionals to learn about working in various tourism sectors. Either in-person or via video-call, mentors would share their personal experience and career path stories in small group discussions with eager and inquisitive students. Event Details: 60 minutes in length – students will be coached beforehand Conversations […]

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Parks Canada last week released a survey, available to all Canadians, enabling them to provide input into the National Park Reserve planned for an area in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. In a meeting in our region this past August, Federal Minister Catherine McKenna was very clear that that Park development would be moving forward, however, […]

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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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