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Tourism throughout the country and certainly in our Thompson Okanagan Region continues to experience challenges due to growing labour shortages. Attracting, retraining and retaining individuals to our industry is of primary concern and certainly effects our industry’s  long term ability to deliver remarkable experiences and some cases prevents operators from providing any experiences at all […]

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Kamloops, B.C. (December 1, 2017): Air Canada Rouge today released its Spring 2018 schedule which includes new nonstop service to Toronto from Kamloops Airport. This new service connects Kamloops to three of Air Canada’s Canadian hubs: Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. “We are thrilled that Air Canada Rouge is launching new nonstop service to Toronto Pearson,” […]

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Rad Rover is hosting our First Annual ‘Bark the Halls’ Holiday get-together for the dogs of Kelowna….and their humans! Come out with the whole family for an afternoon of four-legged fun & games! Admission is Free Snacks & Refreshments Games & Prizes On-leash Dogs Welcome (must be well socialized) Kids Welcome Photo booth WHEN: Saturday […]

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While wine lovers will have to wait months — if not years — to sip and savour 2018 Okanagan vintages, 2018 is poised to be a very good year right from the start for anyone looking to learn the art and science of grape growing in the region. Three new part-time viticulture courses starting in […]

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Big White Ski Resort has officially received the most snow during opening week in the resort’s history. It’s been an incredible week at Big White Ski Resort heading into one of the most exciting weekends of the season! “The snow gods are smiling upon us,” says Michael J. Ballingall, senior vice president of sales and […]

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The lineup has been chosen for this February’s Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna. As Canada’s Olympic athletes get set for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, so are the 11 chefs who will face off at Gold Medal Plates. The top regional chefs will compete in Kelowna Feb. 2-3. They are: British Columbia: Alex Chen – Boulevard Kitchen & […]

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Small business owners who suffered financial and business losses following British Columbia’s worst wildfire season can now apply for additional financial assistance. Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston, and Canadian Red Cross […]

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The Tourism Industry Association of Canada presented the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association with The Metro Toronto Convention Centre Event of the Year Award for the Half Corked Marathon, at the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by the Toronto Star. The annual awards, held last night in Gatineau, Quebec, recognise success and innovation in Canada’s tourism […]

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Fourteen organizations and individuals were honoured tonight by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) as recipients of the 2017 Canadian Tourism Awards, presented by The Toronto Star. The awards were presented earlier this evening in a ceremony at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. “Tonight’s Canadian Tourism Awards have showcased our diverse industry to the fullest. Myself […]

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With the Okanagan Rail Trail inching closer to completion, the question of how it will be governed has come to the forefront. Elected leaders from jurisdictions that have land ownership on the rail trail met on Friday to discuss options and goals for the 48.5 km trail. How to proceed with a coordinated approach to […]

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Rendezvous is an exciting opportunity where you can: Connect with over 400 enthusiastic and skilled tourism and hospitality students; Showcase your business in the tradeshow portion; Have in-depth discussions with students at the “speed networking” roundtables; Answer their questions about working with you and in the industry. When: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Where: Vancouver Convention […]

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​​​​​​​​​​​The CP Holiday Train program launched in 1999 and has since raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food for communities along CP’s routes in Canada and the United States. Beginning in Montreal, Quebec, on November 25 and 26, 2017 respectively, two trains will make the festive journey, travelling through both the […]

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Glenn Bond Cross Country Ski Camps are all about you. You tell our professional team of coaches what you are looking for in your camp experience and we deliver. I believe in the best coaches for all levels of xc skiers, beginner, intermediate and advanced. We want you to enjoy the sport as much as […]

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go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, is pleased to become certified by the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR). As part of their commitment to promote workplace safety within the tourism industry, go2HR is the certifying partner for the COR program in partnership with WorkSafeBC, developing audit tools and supporting tourism operators to achieve their certification. […]

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Hear the strong lyricism, rich harmonies, and striking individuality of Shostakovich and Borodin, two of Russia’s most inventive composers, plus the ground-breaking spontaneity and masterful French orchestration of Canada’s Pierre Mercure. The Kamloops Symphony presents Russian Innovators on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Sagebrush Theatre with guest artist Sheng Cai, piano. Tickets are […]

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The road to the BC Winter Games begins Wednesday with festivities and a torchlighting ceremony in Kamloops. Olympic Day 2017 takes place at the Tournament Capital Centre with educational games for teens and kids designed to inspire them to become and stay physically active. Olympic athletes on hand include mountain biker Catharine Pendrel, wheelchair basketball […]

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Ashley MacIsaac.

One of the most celebrated Canadian roots musicians of all time, Ashley MacIsaac is bringing his hard-nosed, traditional Cape-Breton style of fiddle playing to the Sagebrush Theatre stage for two nights: Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2018. Hear his energetic Celtic pop music in combination with the full sound of the Kamloops Symphony. […]

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A $15.5-million Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel is slated for construction in Salmon Arm next year. The project is expected to create 75 construction jobs and up to 30 permanent hotel jobs once the hotel opens. Marriott International has approved plans to build the hotel on its property along the Trans-Canada Highway. It will be […]

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Big White Ski Resort will begin operations for the 2017-2018 winter season November 23, at 8:45am, with 50% off lift tickets. Thanks to the recent snowfall, the resort will open with three lifts and 19 runs. Lifts spinning will include the Ridge Rocket Express, Plaza Chair and Lara’s Gondola. The current alpine snowbase is sitting at […]

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The Kamloops Symphony invites you to join them at their annual celebration of the festive season, Christmas with the KSO.  There are two performances of this classic holiday concert; Saturday, December 16 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 pm, in the Sagebrush Theatre. Joining the KSO on stage is Guest Artist Anne-Marie […]

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Those smoky skies cleared up across B.C. by September and tourists flocked to the province, with many arriving from Australia and Germany. There were 26,478 more international visitors to B.C. that month, an increase of 4.6 per cent, compared to September of last year, according to Statistics Canada. In all, 599,359 foreign visitors crossed B.C.’s […]

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Penticton based Cannery Brewing is coming to Vancouver and taking over the taps at St. Augustine’s Craft Brew House and Kitchen on Thursday November 30th. Ian Dyck, co-owner of Cannery Brewing explained, “We are absolutely stoked to be bringing 15 of our craft beers to St. Augustine’s for a tap takeover. St. Augustine’s is one […]

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The Osoyoos Watermark Beach Resort’s general manager has been named one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network. Ingrid Jarrett was recognized in the RBC Champions category, for making a “distinct and describable difference” to the advancement of women in the Canadian workplace. The travel and hospitality veteran was judged on […]

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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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cvetozar vutev and martin kratky.

Join the Kamloops Symphony for German Romantics on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm in Sagebrush Theatre. This concert features the KSO’s concertmaster Cvetozar Vutev and principal cello Martin Krátký performing the original double concerto for violin and cello by Brahms. We’ll also usher in Spring with Schumann’s Symphony #1. Tickets are $42, $39 […]

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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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