Voting is underway for the 2017-18 Tourism Kelowna Board of Directors. All voting stakeholders should have received an email with instructions on how to cast their vote electronically. If you did not receive the email notification, or if you have additional questions about the Tourism Kelowna Board of Directors and this election, please contact Cheryl Van Den Bold at firstname.lastname@example.org. The voting deadline is November 8, 2017, at 5:00pm PST.
August 22 & 23, Tourism Kelowna and seven partners attended IncentiveWorks, the largest meetings and events industry trade show and conference in Canada. Continue reading
Traditionally included in broader areas such as Interior British Columbia or Okanagan Valley, Kelowna has new destination specific content featured on Destination Canada’s Meeting & Incentive Travel website.
Tourism Kelowna’s sales team has been busy hosting multiple familiarization (FAM) tours to end the spring planning season. Here is an update on the clients we have hosted over the past couple of months:
Tourism Kelowna’s Business Development Consultant in Calgary, Nicolle Gomez de Sousa has been busy reminding Calgary based corporations that Kelowna is an affordable, easy and welcoming option for their business meetings. In all her meetings, she has been told that with energy prices stabilizing, businesses are now increasing production, hiring staff, and ultimately making more money which enables them to lift travel bans and meeting restrictions.
Earlier this month, the local Calgary chapters of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the International Live Events Association (ILEA) joined forces to host 80 meeting industry professionals for the annual One Conference. Nicolle attended the conference and had an opportunity network with a number of third party and association meeting planners during the course of the day. The event also included a small marketplace to further promote our destination to the attendees and she is currently working on a familiarization trip for one of the planners who Nicolle met during the conference.
For more information on this and other Calgary sales initiatives please contact Nicolle Gomez de Sousa at email@example.com or at 587-716-5599.
Tourism Kelowna’s Pat Gappmayr and representatives from Mission Hill Family Estate, Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, The Cove Lakeside Resort and Cantrav attended the Tête à Tête trade show and conference in Ottawa last week. The trade show brings together national association members from the Ottawa Gatineau region to learn and consider destinations for their conferences. We had 45 meeting planners stop by our booth and have already seen two leads as a result of conversations at the trade show. The day ended with the MPI Charity Auction & Dinner Gala with over 650 attendees.
Prior to the show, Tourism Kelowna also participated in Destination Direct, a two day event that starts with a hosted buyer networking reception and dinner event for 20 clients. The following day, Tourism Kelowna had appointments with 10 meeting planners for one-on-one conversations about what Kelowna has to offer their next meeting or conference. Day two is capped off at a networking event called the Reveal social where many of the Canadian DMOs host planners for the evening.
If you are members of a national association and think there may be an opportunity to host an upcoming AGM in Kelowna, please let us know.
For more information on meetings and conferences in Kelowna, please contact Jennifer Horsnell, Director of Sales at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 250-861-1515 ext 205.
Tourism Kelowna has some new advertising in the marketplace to target meeting and conference planners. Updated branding and new imagery has been incorporated for 2017. The print ad above is running in the February/March and June/July editions of the national meeting and conference trade magazine Ignite.
Along with the print ad, Tourism Kelowna has purchased digital banner ads for 2017 that will appear on our competitor destination pages on CVENT.com, a key international meeting planner resource for conference venues and destinations.
For more information on these and other meetings and conference sales and marketing activities, please contact Jennifer Horsnell at email@example.com or 250-861-1515 ext 205.