The Community Development department for Thompson Okanagan Tourism has been in operation for four years as of November 01, 2013. In alignment with the Community Development Strategy for the TOTA region, this department continues to work with many emerging rural communities and assist them with their tourism initiatives.
Key objectives of the program are to:
TOTA's role is to offer communities the opportunity to participate in the Provincial programs that are designed to strengthen tourism at the community level. Our direct relationship with the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, & Skills Training provides communities with access to a broader range of resources, tactical opportunities, funding and expertise. Regardless of your stage of tourism development, your community can potentially benefit through more efficient use of funds, improved planning coordination, and a greater level of integration with regional and provincial strategies.
TOTA's focus on industry and community development will assist in strengthening the tourism industry throughout the region. Key areas of action will include establishing new training programs and business advisory services, building awareness of trends, implementing Ministry of Jobs, Tourism, Trade & Skills Training programs, such as the Community Tourism Foundations program and the Community Tourism Opportunities program, and working directly with communities and sectors to encourage innovative growth strategies.
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Marketing and information for the Travel Trade industry
Market site for a collection of iconic Okanagan experiences