Tourism Kelowna M&IT Program sells meeting planner on Kelowna

Delta Grand Okanagan Ballroom

Delta Grand Okanagan Ballroom

The Event Planner for an Ontario-based national health association has just visited Kelowna to conduct a site inspection for their 2013 National Conference. In conjunction with the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, I showcased various off-site event venues and activities for spousal programs. The conference, slated for the fall, will see over 200 retail and wholesale health and health food specialists come to Kelowna for a 3-day meeting, and often attracts their families who visit local attractions, activities and restaurants.

Kelowna Featured on The Travel Guys Television Show

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Tourism Kelowna’s Media Relations Program worked with host/producers Jim Gordon and Darren Parkman to bring The Travel Guys television shoot to Kelowna. Read on to find out how we went from pitch to actualizing the shoot, and check out the great coverage of Kelowna now that the episode has been airing on Shaw. A big thank you to The Travel Guys TV for featuring Kelowna on the show. Continue reading

On Kelowna’s Supply Chain? Ways to Link with Tourism Kelowna to Capitalize on Farm to Table Tourism

Chef cooking up some local delicacies.

Chef cooking up some local delicacies.

Last week I hosted a Calgary based Personal Chef looking to bring foodie clients to Kelowna to enjoy the Farm to Table experience that Kelowna is getting a great reputation for. It was very easy (and fun!) to show off Kelowna’s marvelous farms, orchards, venues and wineries…and it worked! His plans are underway for his first Kelowna Culinary Program in September where 30 participants will gather local ingredients and wine by day and learn to cook it that evening.

35 Events Won For Kelowna in 2012: Tourism Kelowna ‘Brings It’, Local Businesses Benefit

Action from the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships

Action from the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships

Our Sports & Events department contributed to Kelowna’s national prominence in 2012, winning four of six bids produced, implementing our Events Fund and strengthening our connections to decision makers within the Canadian sport system and event planners – see list of events below. Continue reading

Sign up now for Studio & Farm Tour Program

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Bring more tourists to your business with the 2013 Studio & Farm Tour program.   The 2013 program will provide more advertising exposure than ever for participating farms, markets and artisan businesses.   Not only will 50,000 guides  be distributed throughout the Okanagan and way finding signage and web listings provided, but a new  mobile web listing has been added to the mix.   

Contact Laura Gibbs at to register.

Best Bantam Hockey Players Kelowna Bound

Western Canada's top bantams will compete in Kelowna

Western Canada’s top bantams will compete in Kelowna

Tourism Kelowna has produced a winning bid for Kelowna Minor Hockey Association (KMHA).

BC Hockey announced this week that Kelowna will host the 2014 Western Bantam Championship from April 3-6 at Rutland Arena. KMHA hosted the same tournament in 2006.

“Kelowna has a proven record for running well-organized, successful events and I am confident the host committee will do an amazing job.  We look forward to welcoming the top bantam aged players from Western Canada to Kelowna,” President Wilf Liefke said on BC Hockey’s website.

The Western Bantam Championship features the top bantam teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and an additional team from the host province.

Tourism Kelowna Hosts Dozen Meeting Planners in 2012, Shines Spotlight on Local Operators: Contracts Signed

Meetings & Incentive TravelLast fiscal left us optimistic that this market is continuing to mount a comeback.  At the six meetings trade shows that we attended it was obvious that Kelowna’s brand as a great meeting destination has grown.  This coupled with increased propensity for corporate groups to meet again should position Kelowna well.  Working with our stakeholder partners we hosted twelve different planners Continue reading