Posts from February 2019

The Benefits of Biosphere Certification

Monday, February 25, 2019 2:00 PM by Jennifer Horsnell

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.

Lake Country Business Excellence Awards

Monday, February 25, 2019 8:00 AM by Chris Lewis

As the official Destination Marketing Organization for the District of Lake Country, Tourism Kelowna is proud to market and promote the many tourism businesses in the district, which is a world-class travel destination. This year, Tourism Kelowna sponsored the Tourism Excellence Award at the 2018 Lake Country Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, which took place on Friday, February 22, 2019, at The Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport.

2019 Economic Impact Survey

Friday, February 22, 2019 9:00 AM by Sara Correa

InterVistas Consulting, on behalf of Tourism Kelowna, is currently collecting employment surveys for an economic impact study of the tourism sector. The result of this investigation will provide our industry with a detailed analysis of the scope of tourism in Kelowna and the surrounding areas.

Industry Alert: Invoices

Friday, February 22, 2019 8:00 AM by Tourism Kelowna

Recently, numerous tourism businesses from Kelowna and across the Okanagan Valley received a ‘negative-option’ invoice for an annual listing subscription on a website called; however, businesses did not request or seek out this advertising opportunity. Tourism Kelowna was notified of these invoices by some of our partners; in response, we issued a bulletin to alert our participating stakeholders of the situation and to confirm that our organization was not in any way affiliated with this company.
With LGBT+ travel on the rise, it is more important than ever to ensure travellers in this growing market know that Kelowna and its surrounding communities are open and welcoming to everyone. To provide the tourism industry with an understanding of "how to effectively understand, value, and serve LGBT+ customers  and employees,"  CGLCC (Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce), in partnership with Tourism HR Canada (THRC) and the Government of Canada, are conducting a complimentary LGBT+ Inclusion Training session here in Kelowna on March 13, 2019.
UBC Okanagan has won the bid to host the inaugural Canada West Golf Championships this fall at the Okanagan Golf Club. Canada West, the conference within U Sports that is represented by 17 post-secondary institutions across BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, announced Kelowna as the 2019 host at their semi-annual meeting last week.