Announcing new Visitor Sales & Services Manager

chris-lewisTourism Kelowna is thrilled to announce the addition of Chris Lewis as our new Visitor Sales & Services Manager.  Chris will lead our team of staff and volunteers at both the Harvey Avenue and Kelowna International Airport Information Centres as they share information about your businesses and tourism attractions to incoming visitors, encourage repeat visits, and create online buzz about our destination.  He joins us from UBCO where he has worked for the past few years, and from which he graduated with a degree in Human Geography.  His passion for servicing visitors stems back from his days working as a Travel Counsellor in Lumby which included working on their Visitors’ Guide and creating a mobile Visitor Centre.   Please take a moment to stop by and meet Chris or send him an e-mail at web traffic growth

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Tourism Kelowna works strategically on on Search Engine Optimization (SEO)  to ensure consumers find your businesses in their Kelowna internet searches. This past August, the Tourism Kelowna Website was re-launched with many notable improvements including a new, more SEO-friendly, platform.  Continue reading

Kelowna goes head-to-head with other destinations in Ontario


Pat Gappmayr, Tourism Kelowna’s Business Development Consultant in Toronto has been busy keeping Kelowna top of mind in the Ontario Market.  Pat attended the CSAE January Breakfast Workshop where she was able to network with representatives from various national associations.  As well on January 31st Pat along with The Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, The Cove Lakeside Resort and Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel and Villas attended Tête à Tête Tradeshow in Ottawa.  This annual show is a must for the association market and this year brought 523 meeting planners in to view options for their next conference or meeting.  We had 74 planners stop by our booth in the less than five hours of the show and we’ve been able to distribute two request for proposals already.

Gold Medal Plates a boost to Kelowna in many ways


This weekend, February 8 and 9, the finals competition of Gold Medal Plates will be underway in Kelowna. Ten chefs from across the country, each having won the top prize in their respective Gold Medal Plates regional competitions in other cities, will make their way to Kelowna for the culmination of the competition in which one chef wins the title of Canadian Culinary Champion, or best chef in Canada for this year. Continue reading