Tourism Kelowna Board Elections: Make Your Vote Count

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  The voting deadline is November 8, 2017, at 5:00pm PST.

New Kelowna Content on Business Events Canada Website

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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.

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Calgary Meetings & Conference Update

Tourism Kelowna recently attended the One Conference in Calgary hosted by the local MPI and ILEA Chapters

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 or at 587-716-5599.

We Want Your National Association Meeting in Kelowna


Kelowna Team at a recent trade show in Ottawa.

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 or at 250-861-1515 ext 205.


New Advertising to Target Meeting Planners


Tourism Kelowna’s meeting and conference focused advertising featured in the nationally distributed Ignite Magazine

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, a key international meeting planner resource for conference venues and destinations.

Box banner ad that appears on on competitor destination pages.

Box banner ad that appears on on competitor destination pages.


For more information on these and other meetings and conference sales and marketing activities, please contact Jennifer Horsnell at or 250-861-1515 ext 205.