Kelowna Wins bid for 2026 BC Summer Games

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On Wednesday, July 28, Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, announced that Kelowna had won the right to host the 2026 BC Summer Games. From July 23 - 26, 2026, Kelowna will welcome over 4,000 athletes, coaches, support personnel, and families to our city for the biennual multisport competition…

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…

Major Events Update and Outlook

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Established in 2016, Tourism Kelowna’s Major Event Strategy was developed as a component of the organization’s strategic plan. This strategy formalized an event attraction framework to tap into the growing sport and event tourism industry, to further our destination’s national exposure, and to be a significant driver of overnight visitation and economic activity…

Showcasing Kelowna to Planners, Virtually

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Last week, our business development team hosted its first virtual destination showcase. With all familiarization (FAM) tours and site inspections on hold for now, our team wanted to find a way to connect with potential clients, share destination resources, and introduce them to some virtual Kelowna experiences. …

Golf Industry Driving Economic Impact in British Columbia

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The results from the 2019 Canadian Golf Economic Impact Study are in and the golf industry produced $16.5 billion in direct economic impact across our nation, including $3.4 billion in British Columbia. With one of the longest golf seasons in Canada, golf-related expenditures in BC were second only to Ontario, which has more than double the number of courses…

Golf Plays on in the Okanagan

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With 19 exceptional courses and one of the longest, driest seasons in Canada, golf tourism to our destination, including professional tournaments, is an important segment for both leisure travel and events. This year, COVID-19 has had an impact on sporting events, though some golf championships are still playing on…