Fall FAMs Update

Meeting Encore FAM Tour

Our Sales team has been busy hosting clients on familiarization tours over the past month.

In September and October we have hosted 16 planners in Kelowna including six planners from Meeting Encore, a third party planning company out of Toronto.   We co-hosted our first ever ‘superFAM’ with the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre which not only featured the Delta Grand but several other Kelowna venues and hotels.  Throughout the fall we also hosted planners from Bell Mobility, Brownlee LLP, BC Electrical Association and Tree of Life.

Hosting clients in Kelowna is an important strategy to secure new meeting and conference business.  Once clients see for themselves how easy it is to get here, the many venues and accommodation options we offer, and the excellent support offered by our service providers they are convinced we are the right choice for their event.    For more information on these and other FAM tours for the sales team please contact Jennifer Horsnell at jennifer@tourismkelowna.com or at 250-861-1515 ext. 206.

Farewell to Alexa Creelman

alexaacTourism Kelowna’s communication co-ordinator, Alexa Creelman, has accepted a position in Vancouver as Member Relations Manager with Central1 Credit Union. Her last day with Tourism Kelowna will be October 25.

Alexa has been a great part of the Marketing and Communication team this past year, touring and helping media generate travel stories on Kelowna and area. She has also worked with the Visitor Sales and Services team at Tourism Kelowna.

We will miss Alexa’s sunny personality and smile and really appreciated all her work to make memorable visits for travel media.

We will be posting for a Communication Co-ordinator shortly. If you know anyone who may be a suitable candidate, please encourage them to apply or contact Chris Shauf at chris.shauf@tourismkelowna.com.


Autumn Travel Media Update

The Autumn season continues to produce great media results for Tourism Kelowna.

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As wine harvest continues and right before the fall wine festivals began, UK-based food and wine expert Fiona Beckett published this article in The Guardian, detailing her stops in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley. Ms Beckett was hosted by Tourism Kelowna during her summer visit to British Columbia.

Okanagan Food & Wine Writers Workshop

Local travel writer Jennifer Cockrall-King, author of Food Artisans of the Okanagan, plans an annual workshop for food and wine writers from across Canada, here in Kelowna. Margo True, food editor of Sunset Magazine and Jill Foran, editor of WestJet Magazine were among the guest instructors, and Tourism Kelowna took the opportunity to share the sights (and flavours) of Kelowna with them to generate future travel articles.

Familiarization Tours & Go Media Travel Writers Conference

Recently, Tourism Kelowna has hosted a number of travel media from Spokane, Washington; Montreal, Quebec; and Paris, France. This past week, media from Brazil, Mexico, and Canada visited Kelowna and area as a pre-tour before heading on to Montreal for the Go Media 2017 conference. Tourism Kelowna will be also attending Go Media, organized by Destination Canada, in Montreal, from October 16-20, meeting with travel media from across Canada and the world to pitch stories and share updates on what’s new in Kelowna.

Thank you for your continued support of our travel media program. We’re already planning our 2017 media program and visits and welcome any ideas or thoughts you have – e-mail Chris at chris.shauf@tourismkelowna.com or call (250) 861-1515 ext 203


Recap of Local Sports Town Hall Meeting


Earlier this week Tourism Kelowna, City of Kelowna, and PacificSport Okanagan hosted over 30 representatives of various local sport organizations in an effort to increase communication, education, and collaboration between the three groups and the local community. Hosted at Parkinson Recreation Centre, Tourism Kelowna presented a summary of our Sport and Events Department’s role and how our services can benefit their individual sports. Continue reading

Tourism Kelowna Sales Team September Recap

The last month has been busy for our sales team as we ramp up our sales efforts with planners looking for venues and destination for 2017 and beyond.

Tourism Kelowna & Partners host clients at the Seattle Mariners game.

Tourism Kelowna & Partners host clients at the Seattle Mariners game.

We continued to build some destination awareness partnering with the Canadian Consulate and Business Events Canada to host a Western Canada evening at the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays baseball game.  Tourism Kelowna along with Manteo Resort, the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, The Cove Lakeside Resort, and Mission Hill Family Estate hosted forty clients in a stadium box and mingled with them throughout the evening.  The following evening we headed out to Bellevue for a quick client reception as we continue to try to find interesting ways to reach clients in the Seattle area.

Tourism Kelowna & Partners host planners for an Okanagan Wine Festival dinner in Vancouver.

Tourism Kelowna & Partners host planners for an Okanagan Wine Festival dinner in Vancouver.

Earlier this week our team was down in Vancouver and partnered with Details Catering and Chef Mark Filatow for an amazing six course dinner at L’Abattoir in Vancouver.   Chef Lee Cooper and Chef Filatow took turns showcasing the tastes of the Okanagan Wine Festival as each course was paired with wines from Sandhill Wines, Quails’ Gate Family Estate, Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate.  During the evening, our partners: Synergy Events, Quails’ Gate Family Estate, Mission Hill Family Estate and Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas mingled with clients and chatted about future programs in Kelowna.

For more information on these and other sales events, please contact Jennifer Horsnell at 250-861-1515 ext. 2015 or at jennifer@tourismkelowna.com.