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.

 

New Additions to the 2017 Meetings & Conventions Sales Program

Lunch & Learn session in Kelowna conducted by Tourism Kelowna's Nicolle Gomez de Sousa.

Lunch & Learn session in Kelowna conducted by Tourism Kelowna’s Nicolle Gomez de Sousa.

Tourism Kelowna announced our 2017 Meetings and Conventions Sales Program last week and it includes more opportunities to network with meeting planners.  After consulting with our stakeholders, we heard that you value more client interactions and that you wanted to maintain the Kelowna presence at tradeshows.   Consequently the program for next year includes two new events this fall in our key markets of Vancouver and Seattle along with attendance at the major Canadian meeting planner shows.

The Meetings and Conventions Program was designed to leverage our partner’s budgets and increase opportunities for our stakeholders to attend more sales initiatives, tradeshows and events. If meeting planners are part of your target customer group, learn more about the Meetings & Conferences Sales Program or contact Julia Garner for more information at julia@tourismkelowna.com or at 250-861-1515 ext. 217.

Two Chefs, Two Winemakers, Two Provinces, Too Good to Miss!

 

Kelowna inspired dining in Toronto.

Tourism Kelowna’s Pat Gappmayr and Kristi Contini from Grant Thornton enjoy a glass of Kelowna wine at a Kelowna themed dinner last night in Toronto.

Last night, Tourism Kelowna’s Pat Gappmayr hosted Kristi Contini, Meetings & Events Manager from Grant Thornton for a taste of the Okanagan in Toronto.

Kelowna restaurateur Mark Filatow from Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar along with David Paterson from Tantalus Vineyards joined Chef Wayne Morris from Boralia and Norman Hardie Winery to offer a very special evening at Boralia Restaurant in downtown Toronto.

The evening featured six courses all expertly paired giving Kristi a glimpse of how delicious meetings and events in Kelowna can be.

For more information on this and other Tourism Kelowna sales activities, please contact Jennifer Horsnell at jennifer@tourismkelowna.com. or at 250-861-1515 ext. 205.

 

 

Toronto Meeting Planners Get a Taste of Kelowna

Venue for Tourism Kelowna's wine reception in Toronto for local meeting planners.

Venue for Tourism Kelowna’s wine reception in Toronto for local meeting planners.

Earlier this week, Tourism Kelowna’s Pat Gappmayr hosted Toronto based meeting planners for a wine tasting from four of our fabulous winery partners.  Featuring wines from Sandhill Winery, Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate, planners were able to sample wines and spend time chatting about the amazing off-site venues that Kelowna has to offer groups.   Continue reading

Selling Some Fresh Meeting Ideas

Kelowna Cooking Event - Team Photo - Chef Dawn - April 2016

Pat, pictured sixth from left, educated and entertained Toronto meeting planners on Kelowna’s ingredients and meeting opportunities.

Last week, Tourism Kelowna hosted nine meeting planners from Toronto for an interactive cooking class and taste of Kelowna.

Toronto-based Pat Gappmayr welcomed our clients to a state-of-the-art kitchen in the St. Lawrence Market for a fun-filled evening all about Kelowna and its fantastic and fresh ingredients. The group sipped local wines throughout the evening as they worked with local ingredients to prepare a gourmet meal. The result was a fun and interactive way to share ideas and information about our meeting facilities and the great culinary experiences delegates enjoy while in Kelowna.

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Budget Car and Truck Rentals helps drive tourism (literally!)

Steve Wood Kelowna City Manager for Budget Car and Truck Rental, hands the keys over to Chris Lewis with Tourism Kelowna

Steve Wood Kelowna City Manager for Budget Car and Truck Rental hands the keys over to Chris Lewis with Tourism Kelowna

Budget Car and Truck Rentals has given Tourism Kelowna a lift through the use of a 2015 Toyota Sienna minivan through to the end of October, a partnership that will help Tourism Kelowna to bring its message to the streets as they invite and welcome visitors to experience Kelowna and the Central Okanagan.

The brightly coloured vehicle will be seen at local events and festivals and will be used to distribute Tourism Kelowna’s marketing materials including the Visitors’ Guide, Farm to Table Guide, and Wine Trails Guides to local businesses. The vehicle will also be used to shuttle volunteers, visiting travel writers and meeting planners when they’re out exploring Kelowna. Continue reading