Kelowna hosts 2015 Canada’s West Marketplace

Marketplace Floor

This past week, Kelowna welcomed 504 delegates to our city to attend the 2015 Canada’s West Marketplace – a joint Destination BC and Travel Alberta sales event.

Last year it was announced that Tourism Kelowna’s request to host the 2015 event was successful.  We worked with Destination BC, Travel Alberta, Sea to Sky Meeting Management and TOTA for the past two years in order to secure this event and create the opportunity to showcase our easy access, great conference hotels and facilities, and wonderful tourism product to 188 tour operators from 15 countries.   This event had added appeal, from a hosting perspective, as it occurs at a quieter time of year and so brings needed business to many hotels, restaurants, and retail shops.

In the four day marketplace, 9,499 scheduled appointments took place where tour operators (buyers) and tourism businesses from Alberta and BC (sellers) discussed new business opportunities.   Several Central Okanagan tourism and hospitality businesses participated in this marketplace with the intention to generate sales. Continue reading

Ashley McGowan joins the Tourism Kelowna Team

Ashley McGowan, Visitor Sales & Services Co-ordinator

Ashley McGowan, Visitor Sales & Services Co-ordinator

Tourism Kelowna would like to introduce you to Ashley McGowan, Visitor Sales & Services Co-ordinator!

Ashley completed her Bachelor of Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University where she had the opportunity to study Dark Tourism and Sports Management while studying abroad in England. After graduating from TRU she moved to Australia where she gained valuable experience working in the tourism industry in Melbourne and Cairns.  As a foodie, Ashley loves to find unique and quirky places to grab a brew or a bite to eat.  She also enjoys attending festivals and events, and visiting the region’s wineries.

Ashley will be co-ordinating our statistics, visitor guide distribution program, consignment retail program, team of 55 volunteers, and more! If you would like to speak with her about any of these topics, or send a note of welcome, you can reach her at 250-861-1515 ex. 208, or in the Visitor Centre.

Tourism Kelowna Promotes Meetings to Association Executives

Kelowna at CSAE 2015 in Calgary

Tourism Kelowna booth at CSAE 2015 in Calgary

Tourism Kelowna’s Nicolle Gomez de Sousa recently attended the Canadian Society of Association Executives National Conference in Calgary to promote Kelowna as the perfect host city for  association meetings and conferences.  This national conference attracts association executives from all over Canada for several days of learning and development.  It also includes a one day trade show where associations can learn about potential locations for their next annual meeting.    Continue reading