Do Locals Value Tourism?

Kelowna’s tourism industry generates $1.25 billion in economic impact annually. As this important economic driver continues to grow it becomes increasingly important that local residents support and understand the value of tourism and in turn, feel that a strong visitor economy is benefitting their quality of life…

What is Your Role in Destination Development?

It's not unusual to hear the term destination development  these days. You've likely come across it in our Industry News Centre posts or heard it mentioned at our Plug-In Sessions; however, if you google destination development, the amount of information is staggering and the stories varied in scope. …

Public Restroom Information More Readily Available

In March of this year, Tourism Kelowna and the Downtown Kelowna Association sat down to discuss options for sharing information about public restroom availability in the downtown area, as many businesses have been required to post signs stating "No Public Washrooms Available" or "Washrooms are for Customer Use Only."…

The Benefits of Biosphere Certification

More and more businesses in the Kelowna area and across the Okanagan Valley have made the decision to become a Biosphere Committed Entity. You may have heard about this program from the fantastic recognition that the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is receiving or from the information Tourism Kelowna has shared through our Industry News Centre. If you are still contemplating whether or not your business should participate, here are just a few of the benefits of the program…