Site Visits Conducted for Meeting Planners from 4 Organizations

Tourism Kelowna’s sales team hosted meeting planners from 4 different organizations in March resulting in a contract signed for an upcoming meeting in Kelowna, and more contracts expected soon. The goal of these site visits was to ensure they left Kelowna familiarized with what our city has to offer for their upcoming and future meetings, retreats and conferences of various sizes. Continue reading

Farm To Table Promotion to Boost Agri-tourism, Buy Local Funding Announced

From left: Minister Norm Letnick, Catherine Frechette (Tourism Kelowna), Helen Kennedy (Arlo’s Honey Farm), Chef Rod Butters (RauDZ Regional Table), and Minister Steve Thomson gather to announce Buy Local funding for Tourism Kelowna’s Farm To Table promotion.

Tourism Kelowna’s Farm To Table program was the focus of discussion yesterday at a funding announcement held at the VQA Wine Museum and Shop in the Laurel Packinghouse for local media. Tourism Kelowna applied for funding from the Buy Local program for the promotion of agri-tourism in Kelowna through our Farm To Table program. Continue reading

Smart Meetings Magazine Features Kelowna Businesses

Meetings & Incentive Travel

Among the publications that Tourism Kelowna has been pleased to work with to generate destination articles is Smart Meetings magazine. Published monthly and based in California, this magazine reaches a circulation of 43,000 meeting planner professionals throughout North America. The March issue features a round-up of North America’s great wine regions for meetings, including Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley. Read the full article by Dan Johnson on our Articles webpage. Local businesses mentioned include Monashee Adventure Tours, Lakefront Sports Centre, Eldorado Marina, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Mission Hill Family Estate, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, and Tantalus Vineyards.

Meeting Options Uncorked for Vancouver Clients

MH Event at VAGTourism Kelowna partnered with Mission Hill Family Estate to bring a taste of wine country to our meeting planner clients in Vancouver at a reception held at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Thursday, February 28th.  Jennifer Horsnell welcomed 36 key clients along with Heather Robinson and Andy Lee of Mission Hill at the event designed for networking and exploration of new meeting opportunities in Kelowna. Guests were given the opportunity to sip Mission Hill wine and taste some of the fare from Terrace Restaurant Chef Chris Stewart.  The networking event was a great success with all participants talking about hosting their next meeting or event in Kelowna and several participants requesting follow up to discuss ideas and opportunities. Tourism Kelowna’s Sales Department works with meeting planners to attract meetings and conferences to Kelowna.

United Airlines Inflight Magazine Features Kelowna

Hemispheres Magazine

This screenshot of Hemispheres Magazine’s website shows both the online article entry point as well as the cover image of the March issue of Hemispheres Magazine in all United Airlines flights for the month.

For the next month, passengers flying on all United Airlines routes will be able to read about Kelowna in a glorious 11 page photo-essay feature on our city entitled “Three Perfect Days in Kelowna.” Continue reading