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

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

Meet Harvey Hubball, Tourism Kelowna’s Sport & Event Sales Manager

HH-smlTourism Kelowna is proud to announce that Harvey Hubball has joined the Tourism Kelowna team as our new Sport & Events Sales Manager.  Harvey is a graduate of the International Relations Program at the University of BC Okanagan Campus (UBCO), winning the President’s Entrance Scholarship and captaining the varsity golf team for three seasons.  Originally from Bowen Island, Harvey has spent most of his career working in client relations and sales.  He also garnered valuable event experience working with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB).

For the past two years Harvey has been travelling and working throughout 12 different countries in Asia, Europe and the Pacific.  Harvey’s passion for sports, people and this city made him the ideal choice for this position and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Kelowna.

Today is Harvey’s first day with the Tourism Kelowna team. Please feel free to reach out to him to welcome him to our team and to connect with him about a sport tournament or event.  You can reach Harvey at 250-861-1515 ext. 209 or at