In the coming months, we'll introduce you to our valuable Board members, who volunteer their time and expertise to provide strong leadership and guidance to Tourism Kelowna.
Edan Fay made his way to Kelowna in 1991 to pursue the culinary arts program at Okanagan College. For the first 10 years of his tourism career, he worked as a Chef. In the approximately 15 years since, he has focused his career on hotel management.
Today, having lived in Kelowna on and off for 25 years, Edan is the General Manager of The Royal Kelowna, which is an all-suite property managed by Bellstar Hotels & Resorts that offers 70 suites situated on the lagoon next to Okanagan Lake in downtown Kelowna.
Edan was originally elected to Tourism Kelowna's Board of Directors in 2020. Now serving for his third year, Edan is the Vice Chair of the 2023-24 Board's Executive Committee. In addition to his role on the Executive Committee, Edan is also Chair of the Governance Committee.
What made you decide to get involved with Tourism Kelowna’s Board of Directors?
I think playing an active role in the industry that you choose for your career is very important, not only for your own development, but for the development of the Kelowna brand and future of our industry not only in this city but in the province and country.
What unique perspective do you bring to the Board? How do you see yourself adding value for Tourism Kelowna members?
I try to always think of what is best for the city, what is best for the region, but also what is best for our industry as a whole - how are we going to strengthen the roles we all play in such an amazing place to live and work?
What advice do you have for other industry members considering running for a position on the Board?
I think giving back by way of your time to do something meaningful for the work that has given us so much is really important. Having a seat at the table when we are talking about the future of tourism and hospitality in this city is very rewarding and worth the investment of your time.
Aside from economic impact, what value does tourism bring to the communities in and around Kelowna?
I think the tourism business in Kelowna exposes people from all over the world to this amazing part of our province and country. Once you visit Kelowna, you are drawn back to what this city and region has to offer and want to come back time and time again.
What are the top three activities/attractions you like to do in and around Kelowna?
I love to fish whenever I can; the lakes are so accessible and such a beautiful way to spend some down time. The golf in this valley is also next level. Finding a patio and pint is never a bad choice.
WHAT’S ONE FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW?
I raced for the Regina Nancy Green ski team for 6 years, travelling to BC, Alberta, and the States to race other ski teams in the circuit.
Tourism Kelowna Members are encouraged to contact Edan via email at email@example.com with any Board-related questions or to provide your input on Tourism Kelowna's work, including its 2022-2025 Strategic Plan.