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Starting November 1, Hotel 540 in Kamloops will shut its doors for five months due to renovations. At the beginning of this year, the Kamloops-based National Hospitality Group announced a franchise agreement that would transform the hotel at 540 Victoria St. into a Delta by Marriott property by next spring. Along with the rebrand, the hotel is […]

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Need a quick getaway this season? Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos has just the thing! From now through April 30th, 2019, Watermark is offering the Quickie Promo Rate. Indulge in a Studio City View suite and a $50 dining credit for The Restaurant at Watermark, for $159* per night  Use the code “quickie” when you […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) along with its core partners Indigenous Tourism of British Columbia (ITBC), Tourism Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council, Shackan Indian Band, Lower Nicola Indian Band, were chosen as the successful bidder to host the 8th annual International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC) in Kelowna, British Columbia in 2019. […]

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Monte Creek Ranch Winery, located just outside of Kamloops, BC, is honored to announce that they took home the TRU Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts & Tourism and Tourism Kamloops Tourism & Hospitality Award at the 32nd annual Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Business of Excellence Awards. Award Criteria: This Kamloops-area business or organization must offer […]

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The Caron Business Solutions team is joining forces with other suppliers to the Winery trade at the inaugural for-ti-fy Business Conference and Tradeshow presented by the Business Alliance for Artisan Fermenters and Distillers, November 7 in Penticton. Stop by our booth, #22 and see how our Caron Winery Solution – a fully integrated software package, can […]

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Indigenous tourism in B.C. has hit an all-time high. A new report shows that customers spend more than $705 million a year on tourism businesses run by First Nations in the province. There are currently 401 Indigenous tourism businesses in B.C., up from 267 in 2014, according to the study conducted by O’Neil Marketing and Consulting. Together, the businesses create 7,400 full-time jobs. The bulk of them are in […]

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You’re invited to Kelowna’s Largest Office Christmas Party, a big holiday party for your small business! We’ve done the planning for you, so all you need to do is bring your team to this incredible evening of holiday celebrations! The event includes: • Cocktail Reception • Holiday Surprises • Chefs Hat Decorating Contest – most […]

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Don’t miss go2HR’s annual Student Industry Rendezvous 2019, the biggest student/employer networking event in BC’s tourism industry! Sold out every year, Rendezvous brings together students, educators, and employers in tourism and hospitality from all over BC for conversations that spark ideas, kick-start careers, and inspire businesses. What happens at Rendezvous? It’s where you can… Connect […]

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Are You Hearing Jingle Bells? ‘Tis the season to plan your group’s Christmas party at Watermark Beach Resort. There are so many reasons why hosting your holiday event on the lake in beautiful Osoyoos is the right choice! Festive Feasts. Beautiful spaces. Inspiring views.  Professional event planners. We’ll make any sized party easy and memorable. Customize […]

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BCsBestLiveMusic.ca, which offers opportunities for musicians to gain exposure and perform, was launched on Tuesday October 23. The website, which covers the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and Lillooet, also helps promote venues that support live music and helps visitors and residents find live music. BCsBestLiveMusic.ca is supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, […]

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SuperHost Foundations of Service Quality is a comprehensive, practical introduction to the principles of providing a quality service experience. This one-day course is ideal for people who are either entering the workforce for the first time or after a significant break, or are fairly new at working in a front-line, customer-facing role. Date: November 26, […]

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We are just two weeks until this year’s TOTA AGM and Summit will be taking place in Osoyoos and we hope if you have not yet registered to attend that you will do so today! Once again, we believe the lineup of speakers and panels will be informative and interesting and that you gain valuable […]

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Tourism Valemount is receiving a 150% increase in funding from the Resort Municipality Initiative. At last Tuesday’s council meeting economic development officer, Silvio Gislimberti sought permission to develop a strategy to qualify for the funding. Until 2018 Valemount was receiving $40,000 per year, now they will receive $100,000. Apart from $10,000 that can be used […]

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Register Now! We are proud to announce that this year’s Annual General Meeting & Summit’s theme is “Drive for Sustainability,” and we hope you can join us this year! Located on traditional Syilx territory, Spirit Ridge is devoted to promoting inclusion, reconciliation, and community building. A world-class facility that features a desert winery, sensitive landscape, […]

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Poplar Grove Legacy 2014 red blend takes top spot at the fourth annual Judgement of BC at the Hotel Eldorado in Kelowna on October 24th. “Winning such a prestigious award validates what we’re doing in the vineyards, at the winery as well as the dedication and purposeful work of the team which supports the entire […]

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The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) and Okanagan College have signed a letter of co-operation to explore the creation of a Green Construction and Training Centre (GCTRC) in the Okanagan Valley. The centre will see researchers, staff, students and senior management at the two post-secondary institutions work together to to create innovative, low-cost and […]

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The Penticton Indian Band is in talks with one of the founders of the Area 27 private speedway to build an “adrenaline super park” on PIB land. The First Nation says it is currently conducting due diligence and community consultation on a partnership between itself and Avion Developments Inc. for the construction of a family […]

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One of the first steps to becoming COR-certified is to identify an internal Certificate of Recognition (COR) program champion who will lead the process for your organization and become a knowledgeable resource about the COR process. The COR Internal Auditor is an employee of a company who completes the auditor training for the purpose of […]

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Read the Full Article HERE. Long-form video is spreading across social media. With the June 2018 launch of IGTV, Instagram joined Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter in offering users TV-like shows. Some marketers are experimenting with in-stream ads, placing pre-roll and mid-roll ads in social shows. But the audiences are small and the measurement capabilities are […]

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WorkSafeBC’s interactive Employer Health and Safety Planning Tool Kit is designed to help you create health and safety initiatives that work for your business, yet many organizations don’t know about this valuable, free resource. Want to know how much money you could save by focusing your injury prevention and management initiatives on your most frequent […]

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Business English Course South Okanagan Immigrant & Community Services (SOICS) is offering a free language training course for clients interested in pursuing a professional career in the business and hospitality industries. The course includes business conversations, intercultural awareness, unwritten rules in the workplace, idioms, pronunciation clarity and effective business writing. Students will have the option […]

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Senior management from Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) are about to team up on a new “green collaboration.” A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday morning at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus to reveal the details about a new partnership between the two institutions, which will “further applied research and […]

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Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra. What might that have sounded like? Find out for yourself when Classical Mystery Tour performs live in concert with the Kamloops Symphony on the Sagebrush Theatre stage. There are two performances of this exciting concert; Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, both at 7:30 […]

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The Okanagan School of Business is excited to be hosting their 12th Annual Business Expo and Employment Fair on February 6, 2019 at the Okanagan College KLO Kelowna Campus and they invite you to participate. Date: February 6, 2019 Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Address: 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna This event will provide the […]

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Book Now for the 2018/19 Cooperative Marketing Opportunities The Route 97 Road Trip Map Guide will be enhanced for the 2019 edition with a focus on Road Trip loops and businesses and activities surrounding them. Route97.net will be re-developed to showcase our Road Trips. Advertising will move away from the current Service Directory style to banner ads that will […]

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With our municipal elections having taken place just moments ago I could not help but think about two interesting issues that surround all elections. Most importantly to applaud all of those individuals brave enough to be willing to put their name forward. Realizing the personal attack they will face, the scrutiny and the social media […]

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Ogopogo Tours received the Sustainable Resource Industry Excellence Award from the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber. This recognizes their commitment to sustainable tourism including the first Biosphere Industry certification in North America. Their right-sized vehicle policy, alternate fuel use and carbon neutral certification allow them to operate with net zero emissions. The goal of Ogopogo […]

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All *new members who join the Tourism Industry Industry Association of BC (TIABC) between October 11th and December 31st, 2018 will be entered to win one (1) free registration to the 2019 BC Tourism Industry Conference. Join today and be entered to win! TIABC’s vision is “For tourism to be recognized as one BC’s leading […]

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