Local, provincial, and national organizations regularly host in-person and virtual events to provide learning and networking opportunities and facilitate discussions on various topics. Here are some upcoming events you can attend in the weeks ahead.

Okanagan College Tourism Event

Okanagan College's School of Business is hosting an event for tourism and hospitality community leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs, where they can network with students and faculty and learn about tourism trends with the evening's fireside chat. The event takes place Wednesday, April 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Trades Building Atrium of the Kelowna Campus. Please RSVP by April 8 to Amanda Cockburn at acockburn@okanagan.bc.ca.

Tourism & Hospitality Hiring Event

WorkBC Kelowna is hosting a hiring event on Thursday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission to the event is free; however, advance registration is recommended. Find out more and register here

Tourism Kelowna Stewardship Symposium

Join our team during National Tourism Week for a day of workshops, idea sharing, and inspiration regarding sustainability and stewardship. This event will occur on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at the Laurel Packing House from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Each of the following sessions will be approximately 45 minutes with time for Q&A's after:

  1. Educating your guests: 7 Generations Pledge & Regional Sustainability by Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
  2. Water Conservation & Invasive Species by Okanagan Basin Water Board
  3. Environmental, Economic, and Cultural Sustainability Inspiration by Tourism Kelowna
  4. Making Your Business Fire Smart by Kelowna Fire Department

Admission to this in-person event is complimentary; however, advanced registration is required. A networking lunch will be provided.

Kelowna Chamber Speaker Series

The Chamber's next Speaker Series, presented by Okanagan College School of Business, features BC Minister of Finance, the Honourable Katrine Conroy. The luncheon event will occur on Tuesday, April 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Coast Capri Hotel. Tickets must be purchased by noon on Wednesday, April 10, through the Chamber website

Build. Grow. Thrive. 2024: Kelowna

Small Business BC and BCAA Small Business Insurance are hosting a day of free education, networking, and inspiration. Register for this free event—from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the Laurel Packinghouse—to hear from local entrepreneurs, explore the onsite trade show, and learn more about navigating the ever-changing economy. 

Commerce ConneX

The Kelowna Chamber's next Commerce ConneX event will occur on Thursday, April 18, at Norelco Cabinets from 5 to 7 p.m. Learn more about this networking opportunity and register through the Chamber website.

Small Business BC (SBBC) Live Education

Small Business BC (SBBC) regularly hosts live webinars and provides access to on-demand learning. Visit the SBBC website to see what's coming up and to find more information on accessing these and future education webinars, along with other SBBC resources, free of charge, on Destination BC’s website.

Upcoming Local, Provincial, and National Tourism Industry Events

Have an upcoming event or webinar that would interest those in the tourism industry? Email us so we can include the information in our next roundup.