While the story of 2020 has been the global pandemic, it has also spurred more thought and attention on key societal issues such as diversity and sustainability. We've seen more attention placed on our community, supporting local, and thinking about what constitutes essential services and what we could all learn to live without. 

Looking ahead at 2021, there will be a renewed focus on programs that help us take steps toward effecting real change for the good of our communities and economy. Programs like the Biosphere Commitment Program, allow businesses to examine the United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals and find ways they can make small changes that move us forward towards a brighter future.    

Recently, the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA), released their Biosphere Annual Report.  In the report they highlight the great work that they and the Biosphere Committed Businesses have done over the past year to ensure a sustainable future for our region. Here are a few highlights:

  • TOTA was recognized by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) as a Safe Travel Destination, with 67 organizations in the region participating in the initiative. 
  • The COVID-19 Workplace Assessment Tool was added to go2HR's Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Framework for Biosphere.
  • TOTA partnered with Strong Universal Network (SUNx) to develop resilient, Climate Friendly Travel.

To learn more about the Biosphere Commitment Program, please contact Jennifer Horsnell at jennifer@tourismkelowna.com or visit our website.