A Volunteer having fun learning about Whiplash Cable Park at the 2016 Event
Tourism Kelowna is hosting its second annual Tourism Industry Showcase event on Wednesday April 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What is this event? This is an opportunity for Tourism Kelowna Stakeholders to get together and learn about each other in preparation for our busy spring, summer, and fall seasons. Think of it like a combination of a familiarization tour, networking, and speed dating.
There are three opportunities for Tourism Kelowna Stakeholder businesses to participate in this event:
Send your frontline and customer service staff for free! They will have the opportunity to chat with many of Kelowna’s tourism businesses by browsing through all of the booths in the showcase. This will allow them to learn about these businesses and make better recommendations to visitors during our busy Spring, Summer, and Fall season.
Purchase a Showcase booth and show off your activity, attraction, food & drink, farm, or tour business. There is an early bird rate of $75 if you purchase before April 20!
Attend one of three training opportunities that are available to you and your staff:
How to utilize Tourism Kelowna’s Services and Guides
Using Social Media to Serve Visitors and Increase Visitors
Learn How to Monitor Your Tourism Kelowna Web Traffic and Listings
Please click through to our Eventbrite page to sign up. Once on the site, click on the green “Tickets” button and scroll through the options: https://goo.gl/AGq4N7
For questions or more information about this event, please contact Chris Lewis at email@example.com or 250-861-1515 ext. 207.
Five Photo Stops were installed throughout Kelowna at the beginning of August. The photo stops were installed in high foot traffic locations where visitors and locals are commonly taking photos and posting them to social media channels. The Photo Stop signs are intended to inspire visitors and local residents who are taking photos, to include #exploreKelowna and the photo stop location in their posts. Tourism Kelowna staff monitor these hashtag and in turn hope to interact with in market visitors. The five current locations of Photo Stops are Knox Mountain Crown Lookout, Rotary Marsh Boardwalk, The Ogopogo Statue, Boyce-Gyro Beach, and Rotary Beach. Each of these locations has its own unique hashtag displayed on the sign.
To view photos visitors are taking at these locations click here.
If you have any suggestions for future Photo Stop locations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tourism Kelowna’s Chris Lewis was selected as one of DMAI’s Top 30 Under 30
Every year Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) recognizes thirty young people as future leaders of the international tourism industry. This year Tourism Kelowna’s Chris Lewis has been chosen as one of these 30 special recipients through the demonstration of his exceptional potential.
The 30 individuals were selected from 95 applicants and are all 30 years of age and under. The 2016 honourees hail from a variety of destinations and backgrounds, from National Tourism Bureaus such as Brand USA and the Bermuda Tourism Authority to city Destination Marketing Organizations in Texas, Georgia and of course Kelowna!
Chris will have his expenses covered to attend DMAI’s Annual Convention in Minneapolis this August and be recognized in front of the attendees. As well he will engage in professional development, volunteer and networking opportunities throughout 2016.
While we already knew Chris was a rockstar, we are proud to share his achievement.
On Saturday May 7, Tourism Kelowna hosted a Food Truck Rally from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There were 9 food trucks in attendance and the event saw over 425 attendees! The mobile visitor services staff and volunteers were also set-up in the parking lot giving out brochures, maps, and information to those in attendance.
This event provides an opportunity for Tourism Kelowna to invite both local residents, and visitors that might not normally utilize a visitor centre to stop by and see what we have to offer. Many that attended the event also stopped by our information tent, or came into the visitor centre to have a look.
During the event Doak Shirreff staff set up a booth to raise funds for the Red Cross to benefit Fort McMurray evacuees and they were able to raise over $1,200!
Tourism Kelowna would like to introduce you to Ashley McGowan, Visitor Sales & Services Co-ordinator!
Ashley completed her Bachelor of Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University where she had the opportunity to study Dark Tourism and Sports Management while studying abroad in England. After graduating from TRU she moved to Australia where she gained valuable experience working in the tourism industry in Melbourne and Cairns. As a foodie, Ashley loves to find unique and quirky places to grab a brew or a bite to eat. She also enjoys attending festivals and events, and visiting the region’s wineries.
Ashley will be co-ordinating our statistics, visitor guide distribution program, consignment retail program, team of 55 volunteers, and more! If you would like to speak with her about any of these topics, or send a note of welcome, you can reach her at 250-861-1515 ex. 208, email@example.com or in the Visitor Centre.