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What have you asked Santa for this year? Here’s a great one to add to your list: A warm and welcoming table, laid with a delicious and perfectly-cooked traditional Christmas Eve dinner, that someone else cleans up. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, the North Pole has been in touch with the culinary team down […]

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Big White Ski Resort opened its new, $4-million Powder 2.0 Quad Chair on Friday (Dec 14). The lift provides skiers and boarders access to 13 fresh runs previously closed this season. “Exams can wait,” said Marcos Avina, one of 12 people to win a ride on one of the first chairs. “It was so nice. […]

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B.C. is poised to break yet another record for tourism in 2018. According to statistics from Destination B.C., this year, international arrivals to B.C. rose by  5.7 per cent over 2017. It’s the seventh year in a row that international visits to the province have climbed. Cruise ship passengers increased by 12 per cent, and hotels, which were booked […]

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Distinctly Kelowna Tours has changed hands. Former owner Debbie Dupasquier has moved on to become an outside regional sale representative for Bluestar Coachlines, an executive-style, luxury motorcoach travel service. Distinctly Kelowna Tours, which has been a part of the Kelowna landscape since 2003, has been purchased by Terri and Michael Metcalfe of Roots and Vines […]

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BC Tree Fruits was a big winner when the second annual Cidercraft Awards were handed out on Monday (Dec 17). The Kelowna company received double gold recognition in the hopped cider category for its Broken Ladder Apple & Hops. Cidercraft Magazine is the only publication dedicated to cider in Canada and the United States, and […]

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This event is designed to connect students with industry professionals to learn about working in various tourism sectors. Either in-person or via video-call, mentors would share their personal experience and career path stories in small group discussions with eager and inquisitive students. Event Details: 60 minutes in length – students will be coached beforehand Conversations […]

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First company in North America to introduce Finland's biodegradable containers

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is a 4th generation family farm located in Kelowna, that has been working towards a more sustainable model for a number of years. This week they became the first company in North America to import a new biodegradable wood chip container from Finland to present four of their premium products […]

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Parks Canada last week released a survey, available to all Canadians, enabling them to provide input into the National Park Reserve planned for an area in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. In a meeting in our region this past August, Federal Minister Catherine McKenna was very clear that that Park development would be moving forward, however, […]

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The 2019 BC Tourism Industry Conference will be offering an Adopt-A-Student Program aimed at assisting more full-time tourism and hospitality students to be able to attend this important industry event. We are seeking industry partners to sponsor the full-cost of a BC Tourism Industry Conference registration for eligible students. Sponsor Requirements Donate $350 to cover one full-conference […]

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Kelowna is Canada’s most famous year-round resort destination and the perfect place for a learning holiday. The city boasts mild and sunny weather and is well known for its pristine beaches, abundant orchards, award-winning wineries, championship golf courses, and ‘champagne’ powder skiing. This Executive Tour program attracts office workers, executives, corporate and incentive groups and […]

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There’s No Better Place for Hockey than the Beach! Your team is welcome at Watermark! Heading to Osoyoos for training or a tournament? Take advantage of our excellent Sports Team rates! Whether you’re on the team or just a supporting fan, you’ll get plenty of rest in our comfortable 1- and 2-bedroom suites. Enjoy all […]

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The Tourism Kelowna Society held their Annual General Meeting today (December 11) at the Kelowna Yacht Club where they updated stakeholders on how the destination market organization continues to grow Kelowna’s national reputation as a four-season outdoor destination of choice. Reports from the CEO and Board of Directors highlighted the success of the major events […]

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go2HR’s annual Student Industry Rendezvous is the biggest, not-to-be-missed event that connects over 400 enthusiastic tourism and hospitality students to 35+ employers in the BC tourism and hospitality industry. If you’re looking to fill openings and bring on board talented young students and graduates, this is the chance to kick-start the recruitment conversation! The 2019 […]

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A stronger focus on tourism could add billions to the Canadian economy and create up to 180,000 new jobs, according to a new advisory report prepared for the federal government. The report by the McKinsey & Company advisory firm says one of the main issues holding Canada back is its lopsided tourism profile as most […]

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Corcelettes Estate Winery has recently acquired a large parcel of land on the Keremeos Upper Bench in the Similkameen Valley. The current Estate is nestled against the black rocks east of the Village of Keremeos. The new property wraps around the Estate from the north, and adds higher elevation, south facing, desert plateau vineyards. “This was […]

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On Wednesday evening (December 5) the Shuswap’s newest women’s networking group, Shuswap Women Who Wine hosted their second quarterly Community Giving event. The Event was hosted at the Salmon Arm Curling Centre and was attended by 72 members of the community, almost double the attendance from their first giving event in September. Attendees enjoyed a […]

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It has certainly proven to be an interesting year for the Thompson Okanagan and as with all years, I suppose, it has had some good and bad moments. One cannot reflect on the past year without recognizing the many challenges our stakeholders have coped with as a result of many natural occurrences ranging from severe […]

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After a successful first year, Denim on the Diamond is set to take over Kelowna’s King Stadium once again in 2019. More than 3,000 people took to the stadium on Sept. 1 to see nine musical acts, including Kelowna’s own country artist Chad Brownlee. On Thursday, co-founder of the event Mitch Carefoot announced five of the artists […]

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AGM Overview Dennis Thomas of Taykaya Tours from Tsleil-Waututh Nation welcomed the delegates to the shared traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueum, and Squamish Nations. Brenda Baptiste, ITBC Board Chair, made opening remarks for the 2018 AGM stated that ITBC has exceeded in every area over the past year and looks forward to continued growth […]

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Does promoting sustainability work as a tourism marketing strategy? Two European destinations are banking on branding green as a way to attract more high-spending visitors., hoping to break down perceptions that sustainability is a marketing gimmick. For the past 10 years, the Slovenian Tourist Board has been all in on green tourism as a development […]

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It is not too early to start planning for summer in the Okanagan. The past 3 years. International Gateway Kelowna’s summer camps have been completely sold out by early May. Book you next individual or group in our summer vacation program. IGK’s most popular camp combines morning English as a Second Language lessons with dynamic afternoon activities in […]

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The Days are Getting Shorter… Let’s Celebrate! Shorter days mean longer evenings! Spend them enjoying yourself. Join us at the Restaurant at Watermark to Just Get Happy (and even Happier) this season: Happy Hour menu available from  3-5pm, daily (also, wine pairings for only $4. Cheers!) Happier Hour menu available from 8-10pm, daily Don’t miss […]

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LIMITED TIME OFFER With this early December offer, local residents can experience winter menus crafted by our new Executive Chef using a $50 food and beverage credit with their stay at Sparkling Hill Resort. Stay during December 9th – 13th to receive this limited time offer. Rates starting at $189 CAD per night weekday (Sun – Thurs). Offer […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) — a not-for-profit society which represents business and community tourism interests throughout the region — was declared winner of the highly prestigious World’s Responsible Tourism Award at the 25th annual World Travel Awards (WTA), held this past Saturday (Dec. 1) in Lisbon, Portugal. The award was accepted by Glenn Mandziuk, President […]

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