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A record number of restaurants are competing for bragging rights in Armstrong this year ahead of the 7th Annual Cheese! It’s A Natural event on November 2. 5 restaurants have put together an amazing selection of grilled cheese sandwiches and each of them hopes theirs will be the ‘2019 People’s Choice’. Only criteria? Made using […]

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Monday, September 30, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Who: Davison Orchards What: Family Pumpkin Festival When: Weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays) in October, 2019 Where: 3111 Davison Road Vernon BC Pick of the Patch at Davison Orchards Visitors who arrive on the first weekend of the annual Family Pumpkin Festival at Davison Orchards get first dibs or […]

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The IITC taking place in Kelowna November 12th – 15th is a tremendous opportunity for tourism stakeholders in the Thompson Okanagan Region and beyond to hear the latest trends in our industry and connect with Indigenous Communities and Individuals to explore the conversations around collaboration. Often we hear that industry is uncertain of how to approach potential […]

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Valemount College is now accepting applications for the First Nations Cultural Tourism Certificate, a 24-week program starting January 6, 2020. Overview:  Share the unique Indigenous culture of the Interior First Nations people through the First Nations Cultural Tourism Program. This program provides graduates with a foundation in tourism, interpretation, Interior First Nations Culture, and natural history. […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Cait Wills into the position of Travel Media and Storyteller Specialist. The position will marry the media relations and stakeholder relations priorities of the organization while focusing on the development of consumer-facing content that both enhances education and increases visits to the […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has been nominated for the World’s Responsible Tourism Award 2019 in the 26th Annual World Travel Awards. TOTA was the recipient of the 2018 award and was named the 2019 Winner for North America earlier this year for our work and commitment to sustainability. The World Travel Awards is a renowned […]

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Biosphere Training Workshops We are pleased to be hosting another Global Sustainable Tourism Council training workshop this fall in the Central Okanagan. The half-day workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 16th, exact venue TBD. Having a quality, inclusive training that is adapted to the real needs of the destination is an essential part of tourism sustainability. […]

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For me, September always feels like a new year and this also means back to school for many making it the perfect time for industry workshops. “Life-Long Learning” is not only a great phrase but more importantly a reminder to us all that now, more than ever, each of us need to continue to keep […]

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Regional Monthly Highlights: Read the full report here: Thompson Okanagan Monthly Overview – August Update Total Visitation from Canadian travellers to the Thompson Okanagan Region increased by 76% in August 2019. British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario are the top 4 Visitor Origin Locations. BC visitation increased by 101% in August Alberta visitation increased by 55% […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has entered into a unique digital technology partnership with ‘Canada’s leading content creation company,’ Bell Media. Bell Media Mobile launched a Route 97 Digital Mobile Campaign on September 15, utilizing proprietary mobile technology in layered targeting strategies. This competitive advantage allows Bell Media to employ historical geo-targeting to remarket […]

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Watermark Shines in the Autumn Light This is the golden season in the South Okanagan. Come down to the Beach and start enjoy-ing the sunshine and the adventure! Explore our beautiful region: hik-ing, bik-ing, paddl-ing, tast-ing, and more! Discover the bounty of flavours, here! The freshest pick of the harvest. The new vintages of world-class […]

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The 23rd United Nations World Tourism Organization ((UNWTO) Annual General Assembly in both Saint Petersburg and Moscow, Russia has now come to an end and for TOTA there are a number of key highlights. First, it is my great pleasure to share that TOTA was: Formally approved and ratified by the Executive Council of the UNWTO […]

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The Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program is focused on building the capacity and financial mechanisms to support conservation, one way we are working towards this goal is the establishment and support of community conservations funds. Conservation Funds are a dedicated source of funding for the specific purpose of undertaking environmental conservation projects. Funds help communities ensure […]

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Kelowna, British Columbia – Monday, the Western Economic Diversification Canada announced up to $100,000 in funding for Kelowna Pride Society through the Canadian Experiences Fund. Blake Edwards, Co-President of the Kelowna Pride Society, announced on Wednesday that the funding would be used towards the Kelowna Pride Festival and a new event called Out in the […]

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Moccasin Trails, an emerging Indigenous Tourism Company owned by TOTA Indigenous Specialist, Greg Hopf, and Board Chair, Frank Antoine, are launching a West Kelowna Cultural Tour. After running successful canoe tours throughout the Shuswap, the 100% Indigenous-owned business is thrilled to be bringing a tour to the Central Okanagan. Moccasin Trails specializes in taking guests […]

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The Honeycrisp apples have arrived and they are as sweet as ever. Davison Honeycrisp apples are by far the most requested variety of apples but there is an abundance of varieties to choose from. Over 20 different types of apples are grown at Davison Orchards, everything from the original McIntosh variety to the more modern […]

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Gift yourself the gift of good planning this year.   The sun is still brilliantly shining here at Watermark, but the holidays will be upon us before we know it!   Let us host your Christmas party this year!   With a variety of catering packages, venues, and events options, Watermark Beach Resort is the […]

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It is a tremendous honour to have been invited to attend the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) 23rd General Assembly taking place this week in St Petersburg, Russia. There is representation at these meetings from around the world with more than 150 countries taking part. The focus will be on sustainable, responsible tourism development and […]

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PRESS RELEASE September 9, 2019  Fermented Dining and the Central Okanagan Food Bank are pleased to announce the return of the Fork and Spoon Gala, one of last year’s most unique fundraisers. 14 of the top rated local Chefs will be cooking a 9 course tasting menu, as well as a black box canape competition […]

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MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release September 6, 2019 The Okanagan Valley has been named one of ten winners in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Destination – Fall Foilage. An expert panel announced the nominees at the end of July where it was then up to the public to vote for their favourites to determine the […]

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The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) has secured a three-year agreement with National Geographic Traveller Magazine (UK) to produce and publish its Route 97 guide. The partnership is the first of its kind in North America and will see TOTA’s Route 97 Road Trip and Map Guide Initiative evolve into National Geographic Traveller Discover Route 97. The magazine will […]

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SilverStar Mountain Resort, along with Apex Mountain Resort are excited to announce a new season pass holder reciprocal program that provides enhanced access to winter product lines at two well-known local ski resorts. This upgraded program will see all winter alpine season pass holders from each destination receive two free […]

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For Immediate Release September 3rd, 2019 – The Shuswap Women Who Wine invite you to join them for a night of community giving, games, a delicious BBQ dinner and of course, wine. This Community Giving Event will be held on Friday September 20 th at Harpur Farm and Pumpkin Patch in South Canoe from 6-10pm. […]

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From all indications, our Annual Tourism Industry Golf Tournament was another great success and certainly, one of the hotter days we have had in years as over 120 participants attended the 28th Annual TOTA Golf Tournament and Dinner. There was certainly no lack of fun, laughter, sunscreen, and beverages as teams came out to support […]

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Glenn Mandziuk, President and CEO of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has been elected to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Board of Directors. Mandziuk was voted in during the annual election, the results of which have now been validated by the GSTC Election Committee. He joins Dr. Kelly S. Bricker (University of Utah, USA), […]

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Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 28th Annual Golf Tournament. It was a beautiful day at Fairview Mountain Golf Club and we are thrilled to have had a successful day of raising money for such great causes including our scholarship fund, the Central Okanagan Food Bank, and to support Board Chair, Frank […]

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The City of Merritt is pleased to announce that effective immediately Will George shall be taking on the new role of Manager of Economic Development, Communications and Tourism. This change consists of Will stepping into the role of leading the new Communications team with the support of the Human Resources Manager. The Communications team will assist the City of […]

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Watermark is in the South Okanagan Wine Country And, yes, we know just how lucky we are! With more than 60 world-class Okanagan and Similkameen wineries within minutes of the resort, the team at Watermark knows a thing or two about wine tasting.   Crisp, balanced, oakey, or dry? However you wine, we are ready […]

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TASTING ROOM OPENS TODAY! We are so thrilled to announce that today we are opening our brand new Tasting Room.  We can’t wait to share our stunning new space with you! We look forward to offering you our newest releases along with all of your CedarCreek favourites. Open Daily 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. No bookings […]

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