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New ‘eyes’ on highways

The Ministry of Transportation has installed 12 new highway cams along three variable speed routes in the province. The cameras have been installed on the Coquihalla Highway (five), Sea-To-Sky Highway (three) and Highway 1 (four). “These new cameras mean those planning to travel along the Coquihalla, the Sea-to-Sky and Trans-Canada …

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Eco-friendly Vacation Guide – Okanagan Valley

Ecotourism has become the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, with the majority of travellers seeking eco-friendly experiences. BC is leading with way with nearly 100 tourism businesses certified by Green Tourism Canada. The Okanagan is rapidly becoming an ecotourism hotspot, with the creation of an electric highway, sustainability …

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Province pleased with response to electric vehicle program

Electric vehicles in the province can travel in high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and so far, 1,000 residents have taken advantage of the special allowance. In March, the province announced that eligible electric vehicles could travel in the HOV lanes without having to meet the occupancy requirements. Since then, the province …

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Economy holding strong

The Thompson-Okanagan economy continued to perform well in 2015, according to a new report. The Chartered Professional Accountants of B.C. annual economic report expects the local economy to “remain robust” in 2016. “Compared to other regions in B.C., the Thompson-Okanagan’s economy performed relatively well in 2015,” said Karen Christiansen, a partner at MNP …

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Tourism Growth Looking to Go from Good to Great

A week to celebrate Tourism’s importance as an economic sector and in 2016 there is much to celebrate.  Comprising nearly 2% of GDP this $90 Billion industry is uniquely positioned as a regional economic driver from coast to coast to coast. Canada’s Tourism industry directly employs 627,000 people while a …

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UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism

The United Nations World Tourism Organization is calling for applicants for the 13th annual Tourism Awards for Excellence and Innovation – categories include :  Award for Innovation in Public Policy and Governance  Award for Innovation in Enterprises  Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations  Award for Innovation in Research and Technology …

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Sockeye released into creeks

Thousands of sockeye salmon fry will be released into Okanagan Lake thanks to the Okanagan Nation Alliance. Starting June 3, the ONA kÅ‚ cpÌ“É™lkÌ“ stimÌ“ Hatchery will be providing thousands of sockeye salmon fry for ceremonial fry releases taking place at 6 Mile Creek near Vernon, Trout Creek near Summerland …

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The British Columbia Wine Institute receives leveraged funding to drive Wine and Culinary Tourism in BC

Kelowna, British Columbia – The British Columbia Wine Institute received funding for its Wine and Culinary Tourism (WCT) strategy this week with the announcement of recipients of Destination British Columbia’s Co-op Marketing Partnerships Program, developed to support communities and key provincial tourism sectors in leveraging funding to maximize marketing impact and drive tourism …

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