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

Kelowna’s Loss is Penticton’s Gain

Chad Douglas moves south to the City of Penticton

Chad Douglas moves to Sports & Events Project Manager role with the City of Penticton

After eight years with Tourism Kelowna Chad Douglas, Sport & Event Sales Manager, is taking his expertise south where he has accepted the position of Sports & Events Project Manager for the City of Penticton.  Having worked closely with the City of Kelowna and Pacific Sport Okanagan, Chad has artfully navigated the ever-changing world of events.  His contribution to Kelowna’s tourism industry has been extensive as he is responsible for attracting notable events such as Skate Canada International, Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon, The Great Okanagan Beer Festival and numerous regional and provincial sports events.    Thank you Chad and we wish you great success in Penticton!

‘Come to Play’ Sales Video Highlights Sports and Events

Kelowna Wine Half Marathon

‘Come to Play’ features events such as the Wine Country Half Marathon

‘Come to Play’ is an invitation to event planners from Tourism Kelowna, one that comes in the form of a new sales video.

This 30-second video was created using highlights from annual events such as Center of Gravity and Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon, special events such as 2014 Skate Canada International and the Kelowna Rockets’ 2015 Western Hockey League playoffs, and many more.

It will be used to persuade event owners and producers to consider Kelowna as a host city.

Not only does ‘Come to Play’ capture Kelowna’s love for intense competition, but it inspires event planners and their participants to extend their stays and enjoy the many Kelowna area activities and attractions.

View the video at

Tourism Kelowna Revs Up Sports and Events Sales South of the Border

Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee hosted sessions at the 2015 NASC Symposium

Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee hosted sessions at the 2015 NASC Symposium

What does Harley-Davidson have in common with Kelowna?

It is a brand that offers people a lifestyle according to Stacey Watson of Harley-Davidson, who presented at the 2015 National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Sports Event Symposium April 27-30 in Milwaukee.

Chad Douglas represented Tourism Kelowna at the Symposium, completing the Branding Module at Harley-Davidson as part of the Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) Program.

Chad also pitched Kelowna to eight event owners, including three from endurance sports and two from ice hockey.

The NASC gives Tourism Kelowna access to an event owner directory with 1,692 entries.

For more information on the NASC and Tourism Kelowna’s sports & events sales efforts, please contact Chad Douglas at 250-861-1515 ext. 209 or

Fresh Faces On the Sales Team

The Tourism Kelowna Sales Team has added two dynamic individuals: Nicolle Gomez de Sousa and Julia Garner to assist in our efforts to sell Kelowna as a Meeting, Incentive Travel and Sport Event destination.

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Nicolle Gomez de Sousa
Tourism Kelowna Business Development Consultant in Calgary

Nicolle Gomez de Sousa joins our team as the new contract Business Development Consultant in Calgary.  Nicolle will sell Kelowna to her database of meeting planners in Calgary for us, two days per week.  Nicolle has extensive sales experience in hotels such as the Sutton Place Hotel Toronto, Delta Lodge at Kananaskis,  Sheraton Eau Claire, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Western Resort and even Lake Okanagan Resort right in our backyard.  Nicolle has recently returned from a maternity leave and we are fortunate to find someone so knowledgeable about Kelowna and so connected to the corporate meetings market in Calgary.  You can reach Nicolle at 587-716-5599 or at


Julia Garner
Tourism Kelowna Sales Coordinator

Alexa Creelman’s summer contract as Sales Coordinator came to a close at the end of August, and she is embarking on an adventure with an internship in Peru that will help her gain experience in her chosen field of International Relations. We look forward to keeping in touch. Julia Garner replaces Alexa Creelman as our Sales Coordinator. Julia has also worked in some well-recognized hotel properties, such as Delta Calgary Airport, Calgary Marriott Hotel and the Hotel Grand Pacific in Victoria.  After relocating to Kelowna, Julia started working at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery where she oversaw the venue bookings and events.  Julia’s passion for memorable events with extraordinary attention to detail will help keep the rest of the Sales Team in line.  You can reach Julia to discuss Tourism Kelowna’s events, trade shows and FAMs at 250-861-1515 ext. 217 or at