Kelowna Brand Was “Out at SITE”


The Kelowna brand was well represented at the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives (SITE) Holiday Social in Toronto on Tuesday, December 17th.  Continue reading

Familiarization Tours of Epic Proportions


Silver Star Fam 2013

Top: Staff and Volunteer at the Silver Star Village Entrance
Bottom: Taylor poses with our Fam Tour transportation supplied by Budget

Traditionally Tourism Kelowna staff and volunteers get together during the spring and early summer for familiarization tours of our stakeholder businesses. With our growing number of stakeholders we have decided to add a few familiarization tours in the fall and winter months as well. These tours allow the staff at the Visitor Centre and Airport Kiosk to experience everything our stakeholders have to offer and transfer that passion into the plans of current and future visitors. Continue reading

Calgary Meeting Planners Channel Their Inner Mark Filatow

Derise and Nicolle

Tourism Kelowna hosts cooking class for Calgary-based meeting planners.

Getting some meeting planners to experience the fabulous farm-to-table cuisine and locally made fine wine we offer here in Kelowna can be a challenge but not for Tourism Kelowna’s Calgary-based Business Development Consultant, Nicolle Gomez de Sousa.  Continue reading

‘Tis The Season For Networking Events in Toronto

MPI Holiday Gala 2013

Tourism Kelowna’s Pat Gappmayr at MPI’s Holiday Gala.

Pat Gappmayr in Toronto says… As Tourism Kelowna’s Toronto Business Development Consultant, I have had a busy social calendar this month attending several Christmas luncheons and galas from various meeting planning organizations. Continue reading

Sales Event Pays Off and Results in Repeat Business

Stuart Klassen, Executive Chef at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre

Chef Stuart Klassen works his magic for another culinary feast!

In May, Tourism Kelowna partnered with Mission Hill Family Estate to host Calgary meeting planners for an evening reception.  The goal was to continue to build relationships and keep Kelowna top of mind as a corporate and incentive meeting destination. I’m thrilled to say that we’ve started to see results from that sales event.  Last month we welcomed a corporate VIP client event resulting from the reception. Attendees were flown into Kelowna for an evening where they participated in wine tours at Mission Hill Family Estate and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, and then treated to an amazing dueling Chefs dinner at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre.  The event was so successful that the company called to rave about the experience and is already working on plans to repeat the event and come back to Kelowna again.  Way to knock their socks off Kelowna!