Kelowna Showcased in Chatelaine Magazine

Chatelaine October 2013Kelowna’s recognition in the Georgia Straight (see my earlier post) comes hot on the heels of a major Food and Travel feature on Kelowna in Chatelaine magazine, Canada’s top paid circulation magazine, with an audited circulation of over 536,000.

The story is in the current issue (October 2013) on magazine shelves until mid-next month and was penned by Chatelaine Food Editor Amy Rosen, whose visit to Kelowna was sponsored by Tourism Kelowna earlier this year, and photographed by Chatelaine photographer Roberto Caruso on a subsequent visit also coordinated and sponsored by Tourism Kelowna. We’d like to thank all the stakeholders who extended their hospitality to Amy and Roberto when they visited.

The story highlights Kelowna’s many food and wine attractions and producers, and calls Kelowna “the best-ever farmers’ market come to life on a massive scale.” Pick up your copy of the October 2013 issue to read this amazing coverage of our destination. Continue reading

Kelowna Recognized by Readers of Georgia Straight Newspaper as “Best Interior Destination”

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We wanted to share with you a press release that went out to local media today on Kelowna being named “Best Interior Destination” by readers of the Georgia Straight.

Kelowna, BC – Readers of Vancouver’s popular Georgia Straight newspaper have cast their votes on their top picks from dining to destinations, and the just-released 18th annual Best of Vancouver issue reveals what Vancouverites love the best. Good news for tourism operators in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley: Kelowna was chosen Best Interior Destination while the Okanagan was picked as Best Summer Destination. Continue reading

Fresh Faces On the Sales Team

The Tourism Kelowna Sales Team has added two dynamic individuals: Nicolle Gomez de Sousa and Julia Garner to assist in our efforts to sell Kelowna as a Meeting, Incentive Travel and Sport Event destination.

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Nicolle Gomez de Sousa
Tourism Kelowna Business Development Consultant in Calgary

Nicolle Gomez de Sousa joins our team as the new contract Business Development Consultant in Calgary.  Nicolle will sell Kelowna to her database of meeting planners in Calgary for us, two days per week.  Nicolle has extensive sales experience in hotels such as the Sutton Place Hotel Toronto, Delta Lodge at Kananaskis,  Sheraton Eau Claire, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Western Resort and even Lake Okanagan Resort right in our backyard.  Nicolle has recently returned from a maternity leave and we are fortunate to find someone so knowledgeable about Kelowna and so connected to the corporate meetings market in Calgary.  You can reach Nicolle at 587-716-5599 or at


Julia Garner
Tourism Kelowna Sales Coordinator

Alexa Creelman’s summer contract as Sales Coordinator came to a close at the end of August, and she is embarking on an adventure with an internship in Peru that will help her gain experience in her chosen field of International Relations. We look forward to keeping in touch. Julia Garner replaces Alexa Creelman as our Sales Coordinator. Julia has also worked in some well-recognized hotel properties, such as Delta Calgary Airport, Calgary Marriott Hotel and the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria.  After relocating to Kelowna, Julia started working at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery where she oversaw the venue bookings and events.  Julia’s passion for memorable events with extraordinary attention to detail will help keep the rest of the Sales Team in line.  You can reach Julia to discuss Tourism Kelowna’s events, trade shows and FAMs at 250-861-1515 ext. 217 or at