Tourism Kelowna had a very successful business development trip to Ottawa last week, promoting our destination as a location for meetings and conferences. 

Pat at Destination Direct

The week started off with Destination Direct, an opportunity for one-on-one appointments with 15 hosted buyers. The event included two days of networking and relationship building, which allowed me to connect with another dozen buyers. On the final evening, the Reveal Social provided an opportunity for representatives from 50th Parallel Estate Winery, Argus Properties Ltd., Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, and Hyatt Place Kelowna to attend and network as well. 

Tete a Tete Trade Show

Pictured (from left to right): Pat Gappmayr (Tourism Kelowna), Lise McKenzie (Argus Properties), Chantelle Hofferd (Hyatt Place Kelowna), Dana Crichton (50th Parallel), and Kirsten Harrison (Delta Hotels) 

On Wednesday, January 29, the delegation from Kelowna exhibited at Tête-à-Tête, the annual tradeshow run by the Ottawa Gatineau chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE).  As many national associations are headquartered in Ottawa, this show is typically strong, and this year was no different.  In the six hours of exhibiting, we chatted with 41 meeting planners and walked away with several hot leads. 

The team also took advantage of their time in Ottawa by attending the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) luncheon and the Meeting Planners International (MPI) dinner to connect with other meeting planners and clients that they missed earlier in the week. 

For further information on our week in Ottawa or other business development initiatives taking place in the Ontario market, please contact me at or at (416) 265-3464.