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GoMedia Canada, Destination Canada, Destination BC, TOTA, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Media Specialist and Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of TOTA  and Team Destination BC recently met with over 50 journalists from around the world during GoMedia Canada October 2 – 5, 2017 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 134 Journalists and Editors from around the world attended the event and had the opportunity to […]

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Canadas West Marketplace Networking Lunch

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association recently attended Canada’s West Marketplace held November 13 -1 5, in Victoria BC. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO and Howard Grieve, Travel Trade and Travel Media Specialist for TOTA attended and met with buyers over the 1.5 days of BC appointments.Most revealing and positive were the reports of growth in business expected for […]

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NexusBC is now accepting applications from employers for the 2018 Vernon Job Fair. Date: Apr. 10, 2018 Time: 10am to 3pm Location: Vernon Lodge Grand Ballroom, Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre, 3914 32nd St. V1T5P1 Last year’s job fair attracted over 35 employers and 550 enthusiastic jobseekers, and this year’s event is expected to be […]

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The challenges that employers face concerning substance use and potential abuse in the workplace have become more complicated. These challenges are particularly complex in remote workplaces in the tourism and hospitality industry, where employees are often alone or unsupervised. Managing off-duty conduct in situations where employees live in employer-provided accommodations throws even more confusion into […]

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The above title is taken in part from an African Proverb;  “if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. These words so clearly underscore the importance of developing partnerships and the need for our tourism industry to work together to ensure our far reaching success. An excellent […]

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On November 1st and 2nd, we had the privilege of hosting our 20th Annual AGM & Summit at Hotel 540 in Kamloops. We were joined by tourism stakeholders, industry leaders, and dynamic presenters, for two days of networking, valuable insights, and key learnings. The staff and management at Hotel 540 were superb in delivering us […]

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go2HR is pleased to bring our Tourism & Hospitality Occupational Health & Safety Summit back to Kelowna on Nov. 17 at the Coast Capri Hotel. The OHS Files: Solving your Mysteries will cover popular health & safety topics for tourism employers. Registration includes a full hot breakfast and opportunity to network from 7:30am – 8:30am. Interactive […]

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When the Thompson Okanagan’s 10 year Regional Strategy, “Embracing Our Potential”  was completed in 2012 there were a number of foundational pillars outlined that most of you have heard me speak of many times. Key to the basis of the strategy included reducing seasonality through the development of core themes, elevating our first nations tourism […]

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The challenges that employers face concerning substance use and potential abuse in the workplace have become more complicated. These challenges are particularly complex in remote workplaces in the tourism and hospitality industry, where employees are often alone or unsupervised. Managing off-duty conduct in situations where employees live in employer-provided accommodations throws even more confusion into […]

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November 1, 2017 Kamloops, B.C. – The International Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI) announced today that the Thompson Okanagan Region is the first destination in the Americas to earn the prestigious Biosphere Destination certification, recognizing the quality, environmental sustainability and social responsibility of the Thompson Okanagan as a tourism destination. Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) and […]

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This week I had the opportunity to spend Thursday in Vancouver with a number of industry colleagues at a “Day of Inspiration” presented by Destination BC. There where several outstanding speakers who took us on a journey that not only inspired, but enlightened, and challenged us all to prepare for the future – a future […]

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This past Friday, Minister Lisa Beare spoke briefly in Kelowna following her tour from the air of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Without question, our new Minster of Tourism, Arts and Culture has become an enthusiastic supporter of this iconic tourism experience and it was indeed an honour to be a part of hosting her. […]

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The Kettle Valley Rail Trail will be getting a $500,000 upgrade, which officials are hoping will attract more visitors to the area. The money, awarded as part of the provincial government’s rural dividend program, will be used to implement phase one of the Thompson Okanagan Regional Destination Trail Project, which will include consulting with local First Nations […]

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Book your space for the 2018 Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide! Digital and Print Guide Bundle Starts at $625 + GST The 2018 Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide will be printed in the spring and distributed through the North Central Washington and Thompson Okanagan region at Visitor Centres and select locations throughout BC. […]

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To help you prepare for maximum learning, we’ve put together our list of 5 Things You Can Do to Prepare for TOTA’s AGM & Summit.  We want you to come ready—this will be an incredible two-day experience! See you at the Summit! If you have any questions, please email Mike Overend at industrysupport@totabc.com or call at 778-721-5462

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With just 10 days until our TOTA/go2HR regional campus recruitment trip to Alberta, I was shocked to learn that there are a total of 6 job postings placed by our TOTA Stakeholders on the go2HR website. Perhaps I should not be surprised but truly I am speechless. Similar recruitment trips last year resulted in over […]

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go2HR is pleased to bring our Tourism & Hospitality Occupational Health & Safety Summit back to Kelowna this November. The OHS Files: Solving your Mysteries will cover popular health & safety topics for tourism employers, including: impact of legalized marijuana in the workplace new health and safety committee requirements incident investigation reporting safety of new […]

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We are lucky enough to have an incredible line up of speakers at this years AGM & Summit. With some travelling internationally to present on their areas of expertise, the topics are bigger and better than ever. With that said, we are excited to announce Andrew Wiens, the International Destination Marketing Sales Manager at Trip Advisor. […]

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It has been one week since hundreds of people saw their lives change in just 11 minutes. One gunman, many rounds of ammunition, 58 deaths, and the futures of so many people altered forever. People across the continent have been affected whether directly or indirectly.  The sadness and senselessness of this event is only underscored […]

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Between October 23 – 25, go2HR, TOTA and a small group of regional employers will be visiting Alberta colleges to represent the Thompson Okanagan region and promote summer 2018 job and co-op opportunities to students studying in tourism, hospitality, culinary, business and other industry-related programs. We want to represent you! You don’t need to physically […]

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Fall Promotion of the Route 97 region is focused primarily on the BC and Alberta markets. Due to additional support from Destination BC for fire recovery efforts we were able to supplement our fall campaign with additional tactics. For more information on the Route 97 Program visit http://totabc.org/programs/route-97/ Fall Campaign Highlights Our focus continues on […]

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As we watch temperatures dropping rapidly from our unseasonably warm summer there is a sense that more than just a change in the weather is afoot. A feeling, real or imagined, that larger and more dramatic shifts are in the offing and things as we have known them are beginning to alter for the long […]

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TOTA Annual Tourism Summit and AGM November 1-2, 2017 Our AGM and Summit theme for this year is ‘Aligning Forces” and this focus could not be more timely or important.  With the challenging tourism year many have had we hope you will join us as we review our post fire marketing recovery plans, provide new […]

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DBC, TOTA, Thompson Okanagan

From Friday, September 22 until Tuesday, September 26, a group of Chinese Travel Agents and KOL (Key Opinion Leaders) visited the Thompson Okanagan region.  They toured the region hosted by TOTA staff and stakeholders who delivered exceptional experiences to them throughout their stay. Destination BC China successfully conducted the ‘Follow me to BC’ integrated travel […]

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November 1st and 2nd you could always stay home, watch reruns of Game of Thrones, catch up on the never-ending deluge of emails or simply have a pyjama day or two getting well deserved rest after a busy summer season. OR…you could make the most of those two late fall days and join us in […]

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On Sept. 26, 2017, you are invited to an information session on Support for Recruiting Abroad, hosted by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, in collaboration with RIFCB (BC Francophone Immigration Network) and SDECB. This is a great opportunity to learn more about: the candidate pools abroad that may have the skills you are looking for the […]

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