“If I don’t come home tell the rescue team to take their time finding me.”

The Official 2016 Visitor Guide is here!

We all hear a lot of great comments about our beautiful area, but the tongue-in-cheek quote in the subject of this blog post was print-worthy.  Instagrammer @Alexnacinovich shared this quote with us and you’ll find it on the inside page of the 2016 Visitors’ Guide.  Thanks Alex!
2016 Visitor Guide
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‘Tis the Season for Networking

Tourism Kelowna's Pat Gappmayr networks with Ellie MacPherson, Strategic Meetings & Incentives and Lori DeMontmorency, Endo Networks at the 2015 SITE holiday party.

Tourism Kelowna’s Pat Gappmayr networks with Ellie MacPherson, Strategic Meetings & Incentives and Lori DeMontmorency, Endo Networks at the 2015 SITE holiday party.

Tourism Kelowna’s Pat Gappmayr has been busy reminding planners in Toronto that Kelowna is the perfect host city for their next meeting or conference.  Pat attended the PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) East Canada Chapter 2015 Conference in Toronto on November 22 – 24.  Pat was able to network and chat with the over 200 meeting planners in attendance.  During the conference, Pat also attended a “Meeting of the Minds” session where 25 Canadian Destination Marketing Organizations got together to brainstorm and discuss the issues facing our industry.

Pat also attended three Christmas events this month.  The MPI (Meeting Planner’s International), CSAE (Canadian Society of Association Executives), and SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) annual holiday parties took place and Pat was able to attend and network with Toronto-based planners again.

If you would like more information on these or other sales activities, please contact Jennifer Horsnell at jennifer@tourismkelowna.com or at 250-861-1515 ext 205.

Kelowna Video Launched


Another tool has been added to the tourism industry’s tool kit for use in promoting travel to the Central Okanagan.

This 1.5 minute video, created by our advertising agency Wasserman + Partners, is available to tourism businesses who would like to place it on their websites and on social media channels.    It is sure to encourage your inquiries to book!

For more information contact Tyler Magas at 250-861-1515 ext. 216 or tyler@tourismkelowna.com.


Tourism Kelowna AGM Well Attended, 2016 Board Announced

For Immediate Release
December 9, 2015

Tourism Kelowna AGM Well Attended, 2016 Board Announced

Over 120 local tourism industry stakeholders, business community members, and officials attended the Tourism Kelowna Society’s Annual General Meeting held on December 8 at Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas. The event provided attendees with an overview of Tourism Kelowna’s strategic plan and priorities, and its 2015 marketing results. The 2016 Board of Directors was also announced.

The Board of Directors consists of a maximum of eighteen Central Okanagan tourism industry representatives. Twelve are elected by the voting stakeholders of the Society while a maximum of six are appointed. Tourism Kelowna thanked departing Director Donna Markin and recognized out-going Chair Stan Martindale for his exceptional contribution and leadership as Chair.

The 2016 Board of Directors is as follows with Executive Committee positions identified:

Returning Directors:
Dan Matheson, Okanagan Golf Club
David McFadden, Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, Secretary
Heather Schaub, Casa Loma Lakeshore Resort
Tony Stewart, Quails’ Gate Winery
Tanya Stroinig, Prestige Hotel Kelowna, Treasurer

Returning as appointed Directors:
Penny Gambell, District of Lake Country Council
Gail Given, Kelowna City Council
Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, Past Chair
Sam Samaddar, Kelowna International Airport

Katie Balkwill, Big White Ski Resort
Daniel Bibby, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, Chair
Nathan Flavel, Kelowna Actors Studio Dinner Theatre
Thom Killingsworth, Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport, Vice Chair
Rosemary Paterson, Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
Heather Schroeter, Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas

Newly Elected:
Debbie Dupasquier, Distinctly Kelowna Tours
TBD, Kelowna Hotel Motel Association

Tourism Kelowna is a not-for-profit association with the mandate to market Kelowna and area as a tourism destination. In partnership with over 320 businesses, Tourism Kelowna attracts overnight visitors through strategic sales, marketing, and visitor servicing to economically benefit Kelowna and its neighbouring communities.

For more information contact:
Nancy Cameron, CEO, Tourism Kelowna
Tel: (250) 861-1515 ext 202, Email: nancy@tourismkelowna.com

CEO Report Live with Periscope

Tourism Kelowna is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, December 8 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Manteo Waterfront Resort. This year we will be live streaming Tourism Kelowna’s CEO report, presented by Nancy Cameron, on Periscope. This will allow stakeholders and industry partners that are not in attendance to view the presentation and ask live questions. The CEO report will be taking place at approximately 3:30 p.m. for 25 minutes. If you follow Tourism Kelowna on Periscope (@Tourism_Kelowna) you will receive a notification when the streaming of the presentation begins.

To view the live streaming, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Download the Periscope app, available only for Apple and Android smartphones in the Apple Store and on Google Play
  2. Sign in to Periscope using your existing Twitter username and password
  3. Follow Tourism Kelowna (@Tourism_Kelowna) by using the search feature in the top left hand corner
  4. If you allow notifications, you will receive a notification from Periscope when we begin streaming the CEO Report
  5. To ask questions during the presentation, simply type your question into the “Say Something…” field at the bottom of the screen and press “Send”

The recorded presentation will be available for viewing for 24 hours via Periscope after the live presentation concludes.