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The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 18, 2020, the Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures, delivered as part of the Government of […]

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I want to start by thanking you for your leadership in this unprecedented situation. I know you are all working in extremely difficult and quickly-changing circumstances. The impacts of COVID-19 to the tourism sector will be significant and are already being felt. During these trying times, I want to reassure you that the entire provincial […]

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[Kelowna, BC, March 13, 2020] – The Paisley Notebook’s Aman Dosanj is proud to announce that her latest International Women’s Day dinner on March 8 has generated a donation of $13,192.77 for Foundry Penticton and Kelowna, South Okanagan Women in Need Society and Slow Food Canada. The special five-course wine-paired dinner held at Liquidity Wines brought together the culinary talents of Andrea Callan (Red Fox Club at Indigenous World Winery, West Kelowna), Aman Dosanj (The Paisley […]

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SILVERSTAR MOUNTAIN RESORT, BC , March 14, 2020 At SilverStar Mountain Resort our top priority—the health and safety of our staff, guests and local community—remains at the forefront and for this reason SilverStar Mountain Resort will suspend all resort operations starting tomorrow, March 15, 2020 through March 22, 2020. We will continue to monitor the […]

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Ongoing support for the Visitor Economy We know these are difficult times within the tourism sector. We know there is a lot of uncertainty around what our world will look like next month, next week, and even tomorrow. On behalf of Destination Canada and our teams across the country and the world, we are writing […]

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In light of the current COVID-19 virus situation and as per the BC Government’s directive to cancel/postpone all events with over 250 guests, we will be pivoting with our Spring Wine Festival planning.  The health of our guests, members, and sponsors is of utmost importance, and it’s imperative that we do our part in taking precautionary […]

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For up to the minute statistics on COVID-19 Coronaviris Outbreak, visit https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ Details statistics on the number of cases, deaths and recoveries, countries affected, death rate, incubation period, age, symptoms to watch for, expert opinions, and news.

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Read the full report here: 2018-2019 Thompson Okanagan Visitation Summary Key Findings Unique Visitation by Month: Note: The Thompson Okanagan Region experienced localized flooding during the month of June 2018 and forest fires/heavy smoke during August 2018. Domestic Visitation increased by 14% when comparing July 2018 to July 2019. July was the peak month for […]

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Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 In January 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of a new coronavirus disease in Hubei Province, China to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO stated there is a high risk of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID -19) spreading to other countries around the […]

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As International and Domestic news updates on the Coronavirus, COVID-19 continue to be at the top of the news daily, I wanted to assure our Stakeholders that the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is working closely with the Provincial and Federal agencies, Destination Canada, and Destination BC and other industry stakeholders and partners to assess […]

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 In response to the growing culinary scene at the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, General Manager David Prystay introduced the position of Food and Beverage Director assumed by Keith Corbett in the Fall of 2019. Excitement grew for the vision of the culinary scene as conversations and […]

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March 6, 2020 Victoria, BC – White Spot Limited has won the coveted 2020 Employees First Award, presented last night at the BC Tourism Industry Conference. The award is sponsored by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, as part of the 2020 Tourism Industry Awards. The Employees First Award recognizes a British Columbia tourism and […]

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By all accounts, the Tourism Industry Conference held in Victoria was another great success, congratulations to TIABC and all of those that worked tirelessly to host this important industry event. I was personally unable to attend the meetings last week but TOTA had tremendous representation by way of our Chair, Frank Antoine; Vice-Chair, Michael Ballingall; […]

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Thompson Okanagan Accessibility Guide

The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association invites you to participate in the 2020 Travel Guide. Like you, TOTA is committed to becoming a world-class, universally accessible destination for all and, through this guide, we will highlight barrier-free tourism adaptive outdoor adventures and services experiences throughout the region.  Tap into this emerging market for longer stays, and […]

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March 2, 2020 For Immediate Release Join us on Wednesday, March 18nd at 7:00PM for the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Grist Mill Foundation. Everyone interested in the care, preservation and sharing of this site is encouraged to attend. The Grist Mill Foundation is a charitable registered society run by volunteers from the community […]

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The BC Wine Institute is thrilled to announce that this year the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society will present Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan, BC’s largest outdoor wine and food festival. More than 40 BC wineries and 12 of the Okanagan Valley’s top chefs are set for BC’s largest outdoor wine and food festival. June 27 at See Ya Later Ranch in Okanagan […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020 KAMLOOPS—Mike Wiegele, the founder of Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, has funded several new awards at TRU for students from the North Thompson and the Simpcw First Nation. Wiegele donated $50,000 to fund 14 awards for students in the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism. The donation contributes […]

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Over 400 skiers, snowboarders and snow-seekers from across the world descended on Big White this weekend for the mountain’s largest amateur race event in history. From March 1 to 6, Big White is playing host to the International Airline Ski Federation’s 61st Annual World Airline Ski Championships. The championships kicked off with an Opening Ceremonies […]

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Sun Peaks continues to expand with seven new businesses bringing you everything from good eats to health and wellness this winter. FONDUE STUBE The Fondue Stube offers a cozy and relaxed atmosphere with traditional cheese, meat, and chocolate fondue. This one-of-a kind dining experience is complemented with wine from their expertly curated wine list. They also offer […]

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Luv’n the Loops: The Highlight Reel 380 participants, 65 local businesses, and 12 monthly tours later. Luv’n the Loops tours have wrapped up for the inaugural year. READ MORE Workshop | Accessible Tourism Join Canadian Paralympian Jessica Vliegenthart for a candid conversation about disability and accessibility for tourism operators. READ MORE Tourism Kamloops learnings, opportunities, and recaps… […]

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Year after year, the epic snow conditions, ski-in, ski-out convenience and the Village lifestyle attract potential employees to Big White – and now, there’s another draw: brand-new, fully furnished staff accommodation in Black Forest. Construction on the over $10-million project began in summer 2017, with the first of the four buildings completed in time for […]

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380 participants, 65 local businesses, and 12 monthly tours later, Luv’n the Loops tours have wrapped up for its inaugural year. From March 2019 to February 2020, Tourism Kamloops took a busload of locals each month on free, mystery tours to experience four tourism products across the city. There was one goal – ensure that every Kamloopsian can easily share […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The excitement is building up for the second annual SEISMIC Spring Mountain Festival at SilverStar Mountain Resort this March 13 to 22. “We are very excited to once again bring together all different styles of entertainment,” said Chantelle Deacon, media relations manager, SilverStar. “This festival features everything from extreme sporting […]

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