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Media Release December 6, 2019 For the first time, the 2020 Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Global Conference will be hosted in Canada. The conference will be hosted at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia, from November 19 – 22, 2020. The announcement was made in Terceira Island, Azores, […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLUE RIVER, BC – The first guests of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS)’s 50th Anniversary season have arrived in Blue River, and the operation is excited to embark on the festivities at the resort throughout the next four months. In 1970, MWHS was established by founder, owner and heli-skiing pioneer Mike Wiegele. Today, MWHS […]

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Kelowna, BC – Joining forces to create greater economic impact: that’s the goal of a first-ever partnership between the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and Tourism Kelowna. The two organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly leverage the region’s key industry sectors to generate business investment and attract […]

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After winning a prestigious national tourism award and being named best ski resort in the Okanagan last week, Big White Ski Resort has another reason to celebrate. Local chalet, Crescendo, was voted “Canada’s Best Ski Chalet” at the 7th Annual World Ski Awards in Kitzbühel, Austria this past Saturday. Upon learning the news, Crescendo owner, Mitch Perlman, said […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SilverStar Mountain Resort is thrilled to partner with Rebellious Unicorns to host Peak Pride 2019 from December 6 to 8. Beginning in 2017, Peak Pride brings together the LGBT2Q+ community, while working with local mountains on creating more inclusive and welcoming communities for people of all gender identities, gender expression, […]

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Big White Ski Resort is honoured to be chosen as winner of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada’s 2019 Pursuit Attraction and Adventure Award. The award ceremony, which took place Wednesday night in Ottawa, celebrates the best in Canadian tourism. “What a thrill to be honoured in the nation’s capital in front of the best […]

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For the second year in a row, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has been named the 2019 World’s Responsible Tourism Award Winner at the 26th Annual World Travel Awards. The announcement was made at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony held in Muscat, Oman, on November 28th, 2019. President and CEO, Glenn Mandziuk, stated: “We […]

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Sun Peaks

We are open! On Saturday, November 23, Sun Peaks Resort was the first BC interior resort to kick off the 2019/20 ski and snowboard season! Competition for first chair was fierce this year, with a challenge thrown down in the early morning hours of last winter’s Opening Day leading to two groups showing up within minutes […]

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It is hard to believe it has already been a week since the Thompson Okanagan Region played host to just shy of 800 delegates at the 2019 International Indigenous Tourism Conference in Kelowna, BC; the largest event of its kind ever held. It was also the first time that three Indigenous Nations have come together to host this conference. The […]

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For Immediate Release November 20, 2019 Kelowna — The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is excited to announce the launch of its Regional Pledge, which provides the framework for sustainable tourism in the region for all visitors. The pledge was announced at the International Indigenous Tourism Conference on November 14, 2019. Signatories of the Pledge included […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NOV. 12, 2019 SPALLUMCHEEN, BC—From Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet to animated adaptations, The Nutcracker has had many incarnations since E.T.A. Hoffmann published his classic story in 1816. However, it’s likely his titular title character has never pranced around in the B.C. woods along with horse-drawn sleighs — until now. Located on a rural property just […]

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Biosphere Adhesion Monthly Newsletter Thank You for Joining Us!  Last month (Oct 16th), we held a Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) training workshop at The Laurel Packinghouse. We collaborated with Tourism Kelowna and the Kelowna Museums Society to organize the workshop that was open to all Biosphere Adhesion Entities. We are very lucky to have Angela Nagy from GreenStep Solutions (GSTC trainer) providing […]

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Nov. 13, 2019–FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kelowna—The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has partnered with First Nations communities in the Interior to create a mobile space where artists’ works can be displayed and sold. “We are honoured to be a part of an initiative that showcases to the world the designs and culture of the Indigenous […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mother Nature pulled through and SilverStar will open about 25 kilometres of groomed, packed and tracked set trails in the upper alpine trail system, this Saturday. The Nordic trails opening this weekend are accessible from the village via Cross Mountain Trail or Pinnacles Trail near the Brewer’s Pond Base. “We […]

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While the ski season doesn’t kick into full gear until November 28, Big White Ski Resort has been bustling with activity over the past few weeks. Cast and crew for both a commercial and a Hallmark movie have been staying, eating and drinking on-mountain while they use Big White’s beauty as a backdrop for filming… […]

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Culinary Winners: Gold: Chef Kai Koroll from Block One at 50th Parallel Estate paired with 50th Parallel 2017 Chardonnay, Lake Country, BC Silver: Chef Andrea Callan at Red Fox Club at Indigenous World Winery paired with Indigenous World 2018 La’p Cheet, West Kelowna, BC Bronze: Chef Chris Braun from RauDZ Regional Table paired with CheckMate 2014 Black Rook Merlot, Kelowna, BC Kelowna B.C. […]

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The B.C. Government is committed to developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support people with disabilities to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities. Accessibility legislation would empower government, persons with disabilities, and the broader community to work together to identify, remove, and prevent barriers. The Ministry of Social Development […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SilverStar Mountain Resort is excited to release a one-of-a-kind video created by well-known filmmaker Mike Douglas with Switchback Entertainment, out of Whistler. The film, Storybook Adventures, is meant to take skiers, boarder’s and bikers into an enchanted wonderland revealing all the aspects that make SilverStar so unique. “The film displays […]

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Mark your calendar for our annual Deals for Dames special ladies event on Saturday, November 16th from 11am to 5pm. You won’t want to miss this day of complimentary wine tastings, shopping, treats and door prizes! Entry for this event is complimentary! AS A DAME, YOU WILL ENJOY: Complimentary Wine Tastings 15% off wine purchases […]

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By now many of you will have seen the Press Release that formally announced the Thompson Okanagan as the newest Observatory selected by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, for participation in their INSTO program. But I am sure that most of you are scratching your head and saying what does that mean? The acronym […]

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The countdown to opening day of the ski and snowboard season is on! With several October snowfalls already giving us a taste of the good stuff, stoke for another awesome winter is building fast. From new businesses in the village to new events, there are plenty of exciting changes in store this season at Canada’s second largest ski […]

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is committed to supporting the development of an authentic Indigenous Art Distribution Program – Indigenous Artisans Trail (IArT). We will be working with the Interior Salish Indigenous Peoples – Secwépemc, Nlaka’pamux and Syilx artists to fill the IArT Trailer with handmade artwork. The trailer will be travelling to festivals, farmers […]

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KELOWNA – It is with heavy hearts that we will raise a glass to toast past Honourary Chair, Harry McWatters at Canada’s Great Kitchen Party – Kelowna edition, on Friday, November 15th. Harry was a passionate contributor to the Canadian Culinary Championships over the years and he will be dearly missed at Kelowna’s first ever […]

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MEDIA RELEASE October 30, 2019 For Immediate Release The Thompson Okanagan Region is the first Canadian destination to join the World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), joining 27 committed partners across 5 continents. The network was established 15 years ago to “support destination stakeholders to take focused and coherent action […]

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Join us for the holidays! A night of holiday celebrations is the perfect way to thank your staff for all of their hard work this year.

A night of holiday celebrations is the perfect way to thank your staff for all of their hard work this year. The Cove Lakeside Resort offers the perfect setting your corporate holiday celebration. From private function spaces for up to 100 seated guests to smaller, intimate dinners in our Library Reserve or hors d’oeuvre appetizers […]

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For Immediate Release OLIVER, B.C.: Funding approved by the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) facilitated the protection of Baldy Mountain Resort, the community, and the resort’s future sub-divisions with a 350-metre-wide fuel break. The last wildfire moved through the area in the 1930s. Since that time, a stand of dense fire-prone trees has grown back. The […]

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