We want to recognize and celebrate some of the award wins and highlight notable news from our local tourism industry that occurred over the past few months.

Award Wins

Heart of Hospitality Awards

Heart of Hospitality Awards 2023

On Friday, April 28, the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association celebrated its 6th Annual Heart of Hospitality Awards. Tourism Kelowna's Director of Business Development, Nikki Robinson, was proud to announce the winner of this year's Tourism Spirit Award: Lise McKenzie, Senior Sales Manager for Argus Group

Two other awards were handed out during the ceremony:

  • Michelle Gagnon from Accent Inns was presented with the June Ord Heart and Soul Award.
  • Zoi Tomusilovic from Royal Anne Hotel was awarded the Service Superstar Award.

2023 BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Inductees

Several members of Kelowna and area's restaurant sector will be inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame at the 19th Annual Induction Ceremony, held in Vancouver on October 23, 2023:

  • Local Champion: Ross Derrick, Broken Anchor Hospitality
  • Active Restaurateur: Audrey Surrao, RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd.
  • Women in Hospitality: Kelsey Oudendag, Okanagan College/RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd.

Those wishing to attend the event in person can purchase tickets through the BC Restaurant & Food Services Association website

Chardonnay du Monde International Competition

Nikki Callaway, O'Rourke Family Estate
O'Rourke Family Estate Winemaker, Nikki Callaway

Out of 537 entries from 32 countries, Lake Country’s O’Rourke Family Estate was the sole Canadian winery recognized in the top 10 at the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde wine competition held in Burgundy, France.

Canada West Ski Areas Association (CWSAA) Peak Performance Award

Big White Ski Resort's Ski Patrol Centre Manager, Heather Moore, received the 2023 Peak Performance Award at the CWSSA Spring Conference in Whistler. Big White notes that the award "honours Heather's dedication to safety for all those visiting, working, and residing on Big White Mountain and is the highest achievement in our industry."

39th Annual Wood Design and Building Awards

Meiklejohn Architects Inc.—who also worked on the Kelowna Visitor Centre—won the Sansin Sponsorship Award at the 39th Annual Wood Design & Building Awards for its work on the KF Centre for Excellence, which used mass timber in its design. 

2023 PGA of BC Assistants’ & Seniors’ Championships 

After a three-way playoff, Rob Anderson, Head Golf Professional at the Kelowna Golf & Country Club, won the Seniors' Championship at the 2023 PGA of BC Assistants' & Seniors' Championship, held in Chilliwack at the end of June.

Notable News

Recently Opened:

Black Sheep Coffee Bar BNA Burger
Born to Shake Catelowna
Coop Chicken Craft 42 Roasters
Empire Crepe Humo Izakaya
Kelowna Food Bike Tours La Diperie
New Course Cuisine Okanagan Pasta Company (retail location)
Perch Sky Lounge Ricco Room
Sweet Cloud Ice Cream Rolls (food truck) Taco Delhi

Coming Soon

  • Buffalo Rouge Brewery
  • Chilango
  • Revelry Music + Food
  • Three Lakes Brewing

Join us in congratulating all the award winners and recognizing all those who achieving great things and delivering exceptional experiences to visitors and locals alike!

Have an award win, achievement, or notable news to share? Email us all the details so we can include the information in our next roundup.