2013 Volunteer of the Year


We would like to recognize Penny Venables as the 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Penny has over 360 hours of service between the Airport Information Kiosk and the Visitor Centre in 2013 and almost 3100 hours during her time with Tourism Kelowna! Volunteers are a key component of our Visitor Centres, and Tourism Kelowna is very grateful to the dedication and enthusiasm that our 26 volunteers give to our visitors and operations. Continue reading

OC Offers Free Workplace Training Program for Tourism & Hospitality

“Building Tomorrows Supervisors” will be offered by Okanagan College to eligible tourism industry employees who want to improve their skills in preparation for future advancement opportunities.  

Training is government funded by the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement. There is no training cost to the employer or employee.

 This course consists of 27 hours of instruction and will take place February 17, 18 & 24, 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Kelowna Campus.

 To apply contact Val Banks at vbanks@okanagan.bc.ca    or call 1-800-289-8993 local 2661.






Tourism Kelowna Welcomed Canadian Cloud Council for Site Inspection

Cloud Council of Canada FAM Jan 2013

Canadian Cloud Council enjoying a delicious dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Tourism Kelowna wowed the key decision-makers from the Canadian Cloud Council on January 9 – 11th.  They are considering our beautiful city for the Cloud Factory conference in 2015.  The group was able to spend some quality time visiting the Delta Grand, their potential host hotel, as well as a number of other hotels, wineries and venues.  This is a lucrative IT conference for Kelowna and with the support of our many exceptional stakeholders we are closer to securing this business.  In the above picture, the group is shown having dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.

“Kelowna is pretty. Pretty like Wonder Woman”

2014 Visitor GuideWe hear a lot of complements on the beauty of Kelowna, but this sentiment  was a first.  Dad shared his 4 yr old son’s quote with us on Twitter and suggested we use it in our marketing materials – so we used it in our 2014 Visitors Guide!  Thanks for the idea @matlockjon.

While we are all busy with Christmas and the holidays,  the Official 2014 Kelowna and area Visitors’ Guide was being delivered and stocked on shelves across the city, the valley, the province, and western Canada. Read on to find out what you can learn in its pages and how to get your own Visitors’ Guides. Continue reading