Tourism Kelowna Attends National Sport Tourism Conference

2011.Tim Hortons Brier.Canadian Men's Curling Championship.

Attending the Sport Events Congress can lead to opportunities to host major events such as The Brier.

National Sport Organizations (NSOs), event rights holders, and sport industry educators made up the very informative and successful 2017 Sport Events Congress held from March 18-22, 2017 in Ottawa. Groups such as Hockey Canada, Skate Canada, and Curling Canada were on hand to meet destination representatives from across Canada at the annual conference.

With an emphasis on education and networking, Tourism Kelowna’s Harvey Hubball had exclusive access to several NSOs to discuss opportunities to host their major events. Aside from these sales meetings, he was also able to collaborate and share industry best practices with the other attending Canadian destinations. One of the highlights each year during the Congress, the Sport Events Exchange, gave Tourism Kelowna formal meetings with 10 NSOs to discuss future hosting opportunities of their major events.

Attending the Sport Events Congress is vital to continue to grow Kelowna as a premier sport hosting destination. Face-to-face meetings with these NSOs that are usually headquartered in Eastern Canada, strengthens their relationship with Tourism Kelowna and puts Kelowna in a better position of strength when bidding on major events. Notable meetings during the conference included Skate Canada, Curling Canada, CARHA, and Canada Corporate Games.

For more information on sport tourism, please contact Harvey Hubball at 250-861-1515 ext. 209 or

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.


Tourism Kelowna Welcomed Canadian Cloud Council for Site Inspection

Cloud Council of Canada FAM Jan 2013

Canadian Cloud Council enjoying a delicious dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

Tourism Kelowna wowed the key decision-makers from the Canadian Cloud Council on January 9 – 11th.  They are considering our beautiful city for the Cloud Factory conference in 2015.  The group was able to spend some quality time visiting the Delta Grand, their potential host hotel, as well as a number of other hotels, wineries and venues.  This is a lucrative IT conference for Kelowna and with the support of our many exceptional stakeholders we are closer to securing this business.  In the above picture, the group is shown having dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery.