Tourism Resources for When International Travel Resumes

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Although public health officials are currently not encouraging non-essential travel to the Interior Health Region, we know that the measures being taken now will ensure that we can welcome back travellers from the US and other international destinations soon. This will include meetings, conferences, and events business, which brings valuable economic impact to our region, particularly during shoulder seasons. …

Knowledge Base: How to Maximize Lead Opportunities

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As gathering and travel restrictions began to ease with BC's move to Step 3 of its Restart Plan, our team started seeing an uptick in requests from meeting planners across Canada. As expected, there has been tremendous interest in the fall of 2021, the entirety of 2022, and beyond. While the majority of inquiries are for smaller-scale meetings and events, typically under 80 people, we have had some larger conference requests as well…

Connecting with Meeting Planners: Wine and Wellness Virtual Event

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On Wednesday, June 23, our team, along with six Meetings & Conferences Sales Program partners—50 th Parallel Estate Winery, Cove Lakeside Resort, Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, Eldorado Resort, Mission Hill Family Estate,and Ramada by Wyndham Kelowna Hotel and Conference Centre—hosted a wine- and wellness-themed virtual event for 16 BC-based meeting planners. …

Tourism Kelowna Hosts Second Virtual Destination Showcase

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Our business development team, along with Mission Hill Family Estate, Cove Lakeside Resort, 50 th Parallel Estate Winery, and Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, hosted our second virtual destination showcase last week. The two-day event was attended by 43 meeting planners from across the country, joining in from four different time zones. …

Tourism Kelowna Attends Sport Events Congress

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From April 7-9, Tourism Kelowna attended the 2021 virtual edition of Sport Events Congress (SEC) hosted by Sport Tourism Canada. SEC is a three-day interactive and educational event and the largest annual gathering of professionals connected to Canada's $6.8 billion sport tourism industry…

Tourism Kelowna Attends Virtual Tête-à-Tête Tradeshow

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On February 10, on behalf of Tourism Kelowna, I attended Tête-à-Tête, in a new virtual format this year. Hosted by the Canadian Society of Association Executives Ottawa-Gatineau Council, the event welcomed association and not-for-profit leaders, meeting and event planners, and government procurers from across the country.  …

Meetings Industry Uses Innovative Virtual Platforms to Stay Connected

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December in the Toronto marketplace provides numerous opportunities to connect through holiday industry events. Of course this year, things looked different and for the first time, all the events took place virtually through different online platforms. Meetings Planners International (MPI), Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE), and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) pulled out all the stops to make sure industry members could stay connected in a creative and innovative way…