We want to recognize and celebrate some of the award wins and highlight notable news from our local tourism industry during the first part of 2024.

Award Nominations & Wins

7th Annual Heart of Hospitality Awards

Heart of Hospitality Awards 2024

On Friday, January 19, the Kelowna Hotel Motel Association celebrated its 7th Annual Heart of Hospitality Awards at a luncheon hosted at the Coast Capri Hotel.  The awards were started in 2017 to recognize industry professionals who have gone above and beyond to provide exceptional experiences to Kelowna and area visitors.

Tourism Kelowna's Director of Business Development, Nikki Robinson, was proud to announce the winner of this year's Tourism Spirit Award: Michael Dellafortuna, Assistant Manager/Sales Manager, TownePlace Suites by Marriott.

Greater Westside Board of Trade Key Business Awards

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19 Okanagan Grill + Bar

On February 29, the Greater Westside Board of Trade handed out its Key Business Awards at a live ceremony at The Cove Lakeside Resort

19 Okanagan Grill + Bar won the Tourism and Hospitality Award, sponsored by Kelly O’Bryan’s, while Kyla King of Rad Jamz, one of Tourism Kelowna's Consignment Retail Program vendors, was selected as Young Entrepreneur of the Year and also took home the Small Business of the Year award. We congratulate all the nominees and winners—a full list is available here

49th Annual City of Kelowna Civic & Community Awards

The City of Kelowna handed out its Civic & Community Awards in late April, and two Tourism Kelowna members took home awards:

  • Farming Karma won the Champion for the Environment Award
  • Barry Lapointe, Founder/Chairman of KF Aerospace, won the Anita Tozer Memorial Award, bestowed by Mayor & Council



Notable News

  • The Canadian Country Music Association® (CCMA®) proudly announced that Kelowna will host Country Music Week 2025 and the 2025 CCMA Awards presented by TD. 
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  • Wicked Wine Tours received the prestigious Gold Certification from GreenStep Sustainable Tourism for the second year. This certification recognizes the company's commitment to sustainable practices and responsible tourism in the wine industry.

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.