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A group of hospitality businesses in Osoyoos, B.C., wants to bring an oil field work camp to the South Okanagan to house seasonal hotel and motel workers. The 49-bed camp is currently in Fort McMurray, Alta., and would be trucked to Osoyoos at a cost of approximately $100,000, said Watermark Beach Resort General Manager Ingrid Jarrett. “They are single […]

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TOTA, Canada Media Marketplace, CMM, Destination BC, Destination Canada

As part of Team BC, TOTA attended Destination Canada’s Canada Media Marketplace in San Francisco April 8 – 11 to promote the Thompson Okanagan region to top US Media. Canada Media Marketplace (CMM) is about great storytelling. The annual event brings together the best in US travel media with provincial/territorial and regional Canadian tourism organizations, […]

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Further to the announcement on February 8 about the revision of general minimum wage in the province, Minister of Labour Harry Bains announced today the revision of minimum wages for five additional worker groups. These include liquor servers, who will see their wages rise incrementally starting June 1, 2018 to reach at least $15.20 per […]

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What are some current tourism labour market trends in BC? How can I be an employer of choice? Where can I find resources to help me recruit and retain good staff? Where do I start when it comes to setting up my health and safety program? Where can I turn for help to train my […]

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Have you ever noticed that those that are the busiest are also the ones that never fail to raise their hand when asked to help out? Whether coming together during a time of crisis or emergency or simply volunteering to pitch in for a person in need, it is always those with more than enough […]

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism makes regular sales trips to promote new product and group and FIT itineraries to greater Vancouver-based RTOs. Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist for TOTA accompanied by Lisa Strachan, Director of Destination Development and Travel Trade, and Thom Tischik, CEO of Travel Penticton spent two days criss-crossing the lower mainland to […]

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Destination BC and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association in partnership with local stakeholders Big White, Silver Star and Sun Peaks hosted a mega familiarization fam at the three regional ski resorts. Called a “BC Mega Famil”, this was the largest famil that Sno’n’Ski Tours are running, with 30 agents across Australia attending, visiting 4 resorts […]

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After what felt like a long and unrelenting winter, the Easter Weekend actually held the promise of spring. There were signs around the region of buds that will soon be blooms, grass finding its first tinge of green and people actually making their way out of hibernation. It is one of my favourite times of […]

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As we watch the world unfold around the Big Data and the use of technology to track our every move, the debate will continue to swirl with companies like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat as well as businesses we don’t think of as collecting our information such as Uber or even SkipTheDishes. There is no question in […]

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With the start of spring break, I could not help but reflect on the many times over my life that I helped pack up the family car with my dad and we headed out of town on an “adventure”. More often than not these so called adventures were not a “spring break” as we know […]

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There is always a level of energy and enthusiasm when a group of tourism industry colleagues gather that I have yet to see duplicated in other type of conference or event. Thanks to the hard work of many industry partners and sponsors including Tourism Industry Association of BC, Destination BC, Indigenous Tourism BC, Tourism Kelowna, […]

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A Big Thank You to Southern Queensland Country Tourism Region! A number of us from the TOTA region are returning this past weekend from an absolutely wonderful “Business On Tour” in Australia where we were hosted over the past 10 days by our “sister region” in Southern Queensland Country (SQCT).  I cannot begin to thank […]

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There are only a few spots left at the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Job Fair! Register for a booth before they’re sold out and fill your summer positions. Here are three reasons why you should attend: Gain exposure for your business with Sun FM broadcasting live on location. Meet lots of enthusiastic job seekers! Our job […]

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It is hard to believe the 2018 Winter Olympics have come to an end. Canadian athletes certainly did our country proud and while we had some unexpected losses we certainly had a tremendous number of wins.  However, this is not going to be a review of the Winter Olympics but a commentary on what I […]

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Seattle RV Show TOTA, BCLCA,

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and the British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds Association partnered to hand out destination information and provide travel advice to attendees at the Seattle RV Show February 8 – 11. One of the largest RV shows in the Pacific Northwest, the Seattle RV Show attracts thousands of travellers and they have […]

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Access means everything to the Tourism Industry and it is certainly a critical component of “driving or flying”  tourism revenues into the Thompson Okanagan. On the ground, this means ensuring we continue to lobby for improved road systems through lane twinning, increased passing sections and the use of more electronic adjustable speed limit signage.  We […]

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Team BC Representing Destination BC at the Quartzsite RV Show in Arizona.

Billed as the largest gathering of RVers in the world, the town of Quartzsite, Arizona sees as many as 1,000,000 people travelling in RVs visit the area every year. In combination with a large gem and mineral show, the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV show sees attendance of almost 150,000 people over the ten days […]

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Thompson Okanagan Regional Tourism Job Fair Register Your Business Today for a Booth at the Upcoming Job Fair – March 15th Kelowna BC Get a head start on your summer hiring! Showcase your business and attract job seekers at the Thompson Okanagan Regional Tourism Job Fair, the largest tourism and hospitality career fair in the […]

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How did you find one of your first jobs? Many of us who are over the age of 40, found those important first time positions through family, friends, a local ad or an ad in the newspaper. I remember my first real job (as in not working for my dad), happened because I actually walked […]

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go2HR and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) are pleased to host the largest tourism and hospitality career fair in the Thompson Okanagan region. This interactive all-day event will be open to the general public and feature a stage with live demonstrations by local industry professionals to help educate and inspire job seekers. Date: Mar. […]

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We are nearly sold out of employer spots at this year’s Student Industry Rendezvous! Over 400 students from 10 different post-secondary schools with tourism and hospitality programs will be attending – will you be there to connect with them and tell them about all the great opportunities to work with you? We have a couple […]

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Are you struggling to fill all your open positions? Worried about not meeting the hiring demand of the upcoming season? It’s not just you – many tourism employers in British Columbia are facing the same challenges you have. For this purpose, go2HR and the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association have put together videos to showcase why […]

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Save The Date! For the past several years the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has had a “sister region” relationship with that are of Southern Queensland Country in Australia. This particular area of Australia shares a great many of our similarities and attributes. They too are an inland region in Australia that draws on two major coastal […]

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Creating a sustainable tourism destination begins with a commitment by each and every community and stakeholder in the region.  As I have noted before, the work that was done leading up to the Biosphere Responsible Tourism designation for the Thompson Okanagan achieved in early November was just the beginning of an exciting journey that we […]

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