Showcasing the Value of Tourism in Kelowna: Culture Days

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To further showcase the importance of our local tourism industry, we are connecting with our stakeholders, industry partners, and other local businesses and organizations to find out more about what tourism means to them. For this edition, we connected with a few of the organizations involved in Kelowna Culture Days, a month-long arts and culture celebration that kicked off last week and runs until October 24. …

2021 Summer Industry Indicators and Fall Forecast

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The tourism industry remains committed to protecting its members and customers by following public health orders and guidelines. There is no doubt, however, that the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and a record-breaking number of wildfires created numerous challenges for tourism businesses this past summer, some of which have continued into the fall season…

Commemorating National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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In June of this year, the Government of Canada passed legislation to introduce a new federal statutory holiday in response to one of the calls to action (#80) outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. September 30 will mark the first observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, which, as noted on the Government of Canada website, will provide “an opportunity to recognize and commemorate the tragic history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, and to honour their survivors, their families and communities…

MRDT Renewal Application Update

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Tourism Kelowna is currently supporting the City of Kelowna in renewing its 5-year agreement with the Province of British Columbia for funding through the province’s MRDT (Municipal and Regional District Tax) program. This is a lengthy application process that involves the development of an updated strategic plan, extensive consultation with business and community partners, and gathering letters of support from local accommodators, businesses, and the City of Kelowna. …

Help Create a Ripple Effect by Joining the 10 Million Acts of Kindness Movement

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This year has been filled with many challenges, and we know that our industry has been immensely affected not only by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic but also by a season of devastating wildfires and smoke. As an organization, Tourism Kelowna wanted to spread a little joy among the amazing people that make up our industry and personally thank them for the great service they provide. …