2020 TRUE Penticton Tourism Expo
Saturday, April 4th 12:00 noon – 4:00pm
Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre (East Ballroom)
Whether you’re a business owner or work directly in the tourism industry, TRUE Penticton is a great place for you and your staff to brush up on local knowledge that will impress your guests and visitors.
Discover new adventures or reacquaint yourself with amazing activities, attractions, accommodations, restaurants, wineries, breweries, local events and so much more happening in and around Penticton.
Travel Penticton is asking our Exhibitors to provide a donation towards our prize draws for attendees and exhibitors. We will be marketing the donations and the Grand Prizes leading up to the event.
If you or your staff are planning on attending the Tourism Expo, please register here so we can anticipate numbers.
Start Here Okanagan Job Fair
Get ready for the biggest job fair in the South Okanagan.
Open to all job seekers and employers.
Date: March 12, 2020 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Location: Penticton Trade & Convention Centre
2020 Spring Workshops
We are excited to launch our Spring Workshops series, offering a variety of courses, complimentary to our Members.
- Tuesday, April 7 – Google Analytics (9 am-11 am)
- Monday, April 14 – Packages & Partnerships (1 pm – 3 pm)
- Tuesday, April 21 – Facebook/Instagram Advertising (9 am-11 am)
- Monday, April 27 – Customer Service (1 pm – 4 pm)
If you have an idea for a topic that you would like to see covered, send an email to Raquel Meriam, Member Services Manager
Emergency First Aid for Industry
Travel Penticton is offering an Emergency First Aid for Industry Course to our Members. This course meets first aid requirements for: WorkSafeBC – Occupational First Aid (OFA) Level 1, Canada Labour Code Basic First Aid.
Upon successful completion, candidates will be issued a national St. John Ambulance Emergency First Aid for Industry certificate. There is a limit of 2 people per organization as there is limited availability. Please bring Picture I.D.
Pool Operator 1 Course
This course provides in-class and hands-on experience for those involved or wishing to be involved in swimming pool operations. In the municipal aquatics field and Private sector, this course meets the requirements, as outlined by the Provincial Health Authority for meeting the minimum Health Act training requirement.
Date: April 25-26, 2020 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Registration Fee: $155.00 (Fee includes printed manual)
To Register: Please contact Raquel Meriam at 250-276-2163 or Raquel.Meriam@visitpenticton.com
Go2HR Training Courses
Travel Penticton is excited to learn about some of the free or low-cost training courses offered by go2HR below:
Foundations of Workplace Safety Course – Free (limited time only)
Designed specifically for young or new workers, the online Foundations of Workplace Safety course will help you enter the workplace with knowledge and confidence. This course also provides a great refresher for anyone already working in the tourism and hospitality industry.
Occupational Health & Safety Program Fundamentals Course – Free* (see requirements below – $99 value)
In this interactive nine-module course, you’ll learn the fundamental principles of occupational health and safety (OHS) in British Columbia. You’ll also gain an understanding of the key elements of a safety management system through a series of interactive exercises and quizzes.
*The cost of the OHS Program Fundamentals course is normally $99.00 plus applicable taxes. However, you can take the course at no charge if you are employed by a BC tourism and hospitality organization in one of the following WorkSafeBC classification units (CUs):
- 761034 – Pub, bar, nightclub or lounge
- 761035 – Restaurant or other dining establishment
- 761038 – Ski hill
- 761056 – Overnight or short-term accommodation
New Culinary Trails & Accessibility Project
Travel Penticton is thrilled to announce that we were successful in our recent application for federal funding to develop a new Culinary Trail(s) network to highlight and promote the incredible culinary scene that is developing in our region (Penticton, Naramata, Okanagan Falls). This 2-year project includes an accessibility component, as it is crucial to the continued success of tourism that we develop and deliver experiences that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.
As part of the program, Travel Penticton will be offering potential participants the opportunity to attend FREE Workshops and undergo FREE on-site consultations to evaluate the accessibility of their place of business. Not only will you gain valuable insights to help enhance your business and open yourself up to new markets, you will also have the opportunity to network and build partnerships with others involved in culinary tourism.
Workshops will be held at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and there are two dates to choose from:
- Wednesday, March 18 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Wednesday, March 25 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Please contact Jo Charnock at 250-276-2161 or by email at Jo.Charnock@VisitPenticton.com to book your seat today.
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SuperHost is a suite of quality customer service training courses for front-line employees. It offers relevant, up-to-date content and best practices that meet the current needs and expectations of employers and visitors. First launched in 1985, SuperHost is recognized as the standard for customer service excellence in BC.
For more information or to register for a SuperHost training, please contact Raquel Meriam.
BC Wine Server – Free Online Course
Developed by Okanagan College, the BC Wine Institute and a host of friends and partners who feel as strongly about the industry as you do. This self-paced course takes about 1 1/2 hours to complete and is intended to help you better understand the places and people that make BC wine special and unique, so you can share your knowledge and enthusiasm for BC wine with guests to BC wine country.
Biosphere Sustainability Accreditation
Biosphere is a Responsible Tourism System (RTS) certified by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI), an international accreditation body that maintains a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is affiliated to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), and is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
The system is aligned with the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and the Paris COP21 Accord to fight Climate Change. It is also aligned with the requisites and recommendations for certification of the World Charter on Sustainable Tourism +20.
The system offers a holistic approach to sustainability in which all distinctions associated with different aspects of sustainability (corporate social responsibility, service quality, environmental management, etc.) are integrated.