Press Release | 2017 Tourism Kamloops Hospitality Awards Winners

For Immediate Release
2017 Tourism Kamloops Hospitality Awards Winners


February 19, 2017 –  The 1st Annual Tourism Kamloops Hospitality Awards presented by the Kamloops Blazers were a huge success! Over 150 people were in attendance in the Parkside Lounge at Sandman Centre as winners were announced in four categories from a pool of 34 unique nominations!

“We are ecstatic with the support and enthusiasm for this new awards program. The response for nominations and reception attendance speaks to the desire and interest for this type of industry recognition,” said Beverley DeSantis, Tourism Kamloops CEO. “We know that many of our frontline hospitality employees work tirelessly to go above and beyond ensuring our Kamloops visitors have memorable experiences, and to have peer recognition is so important.”

Nominations were gathered over a two-week period in January. An appointed selection committee comprised of local hospitality leaders scored the nominations narrowing to a field of three finalists and finally a winner in each category.

“We are so pleased to be a part of this program,” says Missy Cederholm, Ticketing and Promotions Coordinator for the Kamloops Blazers. “The event is a true reflection of Kamloops’ outstanding hospitality and encourages all service providers and community ambassadors to deliver exceptional experiences every time.”

Winners for the 1st Annual Tourism Kamloops Hospitality Awards are as follows:

  • Top Scorer in Tourism Services – Terri Axani, DiVine Tours
  • Attraction Services Leader – Brett McLeod, BC Wildlife Park
  • Most Valuable Player in Food & Beverage Services – Claudio Klarich, Citrus Restaurant / DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton
  • Accommodation Service Captain – Paige Mittelsteadt, The Plaza Hotel
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Media Contacts:
Monica Dickinson, Director – Industry Relations & Communications
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 250.819.0151
E: monica@tourismkamloops.com
 

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Tourism Kamloops Launches New Photo-Kamloops Partnership

Tourism Kamloops Launches New Photo-Kamloops Partnership

New image database will help marketers showcase Kamloops through high quality photos

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2017, Kamloops, British Columbia – Tourism Kamloops has initiated an exciting new program, called Photo-Kamloops, which makes the work of local photographers available to anyone looking for high quality photos of the city and region.  Tourism Kamloops has connected with a number of local photographers, selected a collection of breathtaking images and negotiated great rates on their work. The images are inventoried in Barberstock and available for purchase through Tourism Kamloops.

Photo-Kamloops has launched with 13 local photographers and over 200 of their best photos.  Marketers can access pictures of local sports, events, landscapes, attractions and outdoor experiences all shot in the Kamloops area.

“We frequently receive requests for photos from all over the region”, says Monica Dickinson, Director of Industry Relations & Communications, Tourism Kamloops, “but lack of third-party image usage rights limited our sharing with partners, so we innovated to meet the market demand.”  Photo-Kamloops provides access to quality photography that can be used for annual reports, presentations, web sites, social media, marketing collateral and the like.

Photo-Kamloops allows Tourism Kamloops to highlight the importance of innovation in the tourism space. “Innovation is one of our key strategic platforms. By providing marketers with the tools to promote our city, we are helping to deliver our promise to showcase Kamloops in exciting and dynamic ways to our potential visitors,” explains Beverly DeSantis, Tourism Kamloops CEO.

“We were thrilled to work with the Tourism Kamloops team, as our first client globally, to launch a program like Photo-Kamloops on Barberstock. We welcome the collaboration and look forward to pushing the system to its highest abilities,” remarks Deanna Girardi, Barberstock’s Director of Operations.

People looking to access the Photo-Kamloops database can submit a request to http://www.tourismkamloops.com/images-and-photos-of-kamloops

 

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Media Contact:

Monica Dickinson, Director – Industry Relations & Communications

Tourism Kamloops

P: 250.372.8000

C: 250.819.0151

E: monica@tourismkamloops.com

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Press Release | Kamloops Named by Trivago as One of Canada's Best Value Cities in 2017

Come to Kamloops for a Canada 150 vacation that is affordable and memorable
 
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February 7, 2017, Kamloops, British Columbia – Kamloops has recently been honoured with the designation of one of Canada’s best value cities in 2017 by Trivago, making it a must visit destination for Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration. The hotel search website created the list of affordable destinations through an algorithm that considers both hotel prices and overall ratings.
 
“We have always known that Kamloops as a travel destination provides exceptional value”, says Monica Dickinson, Tourism Kamloops, Director, Industry Relations & Communications. “It is an honour to have our city recognized and celebrated as one of Canada’s most affordable places to visit.”
 
Hotel affordability is important for Canadians in 2017 as they look to include travel within Canada to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary. Tourism Kamloops believes that in addition to providing great affordability, the city offers tourists an impressive roster of experiences, enhancing the overall value of the destination.
 
“A Kamloops getaway is a great fit for many”, boasts Dickinson. “From our vibrant downtown to remarkable golf and renowned outdoor adventure to a rich arts and culture scene and everything in between – if you want to experience it, Kamloops has it at an affordable rate.”
 
In addition to a vast array of tangible vacation experiences, Kamloops offers four distinct and equally beautiful seasons, as well as easy access from major urban centres such as Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. But unlike those large urban centres, a vacation in Kamloops often requires minimal planning, no lines or traffic congestion, and rewards visitors with top-notch, value-added experiences.

 

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For more information about your perfect Kamloops vacation, visit www.tourismkamloops.com.
 
Media Contact:
Monica Dickinson, Director – Industry Relations & Communications
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 250.819.0151
E: monica@tourismkamloops.com
 

Birding in Kamloops

 

Did you know that every year photographers from around the world travel here to photograph the magnificent Common Loon who nest and raise their chicks here? Greg Downing gdphotography.com and Alan Murphy alanmurphyphotography.com/workshops.htm conduct sold out workshops in exotic locations around the world. Every year they spend June right here at Lac le Jeune.

They return every year because they know their customers will return home happy with memory cards full of great shots.

The Kamloops area abounds with those type of opportunities, not just for loons but also the hundreds of other species that call the area home.  Local biologist Rick Howie has written a very comprehensive list of all the species that visit Kamloops, a PDF version can be downloaded here Birds of Kamloops.

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Press Release | Hospitality Award Nominees Announced

For Immediate Release

2017 Tourism Kamloops Hospitality Awards Nominees Announced

February 1, 2017 –  What a turnout!  64 nominations highlighting 34 unique nominees were received by closing time on Friday, January 27th for the 1st Annual Tourism Kamloops Hospitality Awards.  The response was tremendous – from the local community to past Kamloops visitors.  
Nominations were submitted for all 4 awards categories:

  • Most Valuable Player in Food & Beverage - Sponsored by TRU Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism 
  • Accommodation Service Captain - Sponsored by Kamloops Accommodation Association
  • Attraction Services Leader - Sponsored by go2HR
  • Top Scorer in Tourism Services - Sponsored by Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association

 
We’ve teamed up with the Kamloops Blazers Hockey Organization to kick off a super fun, home-grown awards program that recognizes and celebrates the best our hospitality front lines have to offer.  These individuals continuously provide exceptional customer service when welcoming and engaging with visitors to our city and inspire them to come back.

“The comments from nominators are sincere and heartfelt and reflect the exact essence we hoped these awards would represent. We are so thrilled with the time and energy the nominators put into their nominations,” says Beverley DeSantis, CEO Tourism Kamloops.

A selection committee of 5 hospitality leaders will review and score the nominations to narrow to 3 finalists which will lead to determining a final winner in each category.

Winners will be announced at an Appreciation Reception on Sunday, February 19th at 3:00pm in Sandman Centre’s Parkside Lounge followed by some hometown hockey action as the Kamloops Blazers take on the Prince George Cougars at 5:00pm.  This is a must-attend event for your whole team – an afternoon of celebration with appetizers, wine and beer tastings, live music and great networking. Tickets are on sale now for the event at tourismkamloops.com for $25 per person. 

The full list of nominees is below. 
 

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Media Contacts:
Monica Dickinson, Director – Industry Relations & Communications
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 250.819.0151
E: monica@tourismkamloops.com

Lisa White, Industry Relations & Communications Specialist
Tourism Kamloops
P: 250.372.8000
C: 778.257.3605
E: lisawhite@tourismkamloops.com
 


Nominations for Accommodation Service Captain          

  1. Atish Patel – Manager, Scott’s Inn & Restaurant  
  2. Babita Narayan - Housekeeping Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops           
  3. Bonnie Stonechild - Front Desk Clerk, Accent Inns Kamloops        
  4. Carrie Siemens – Guest Service Manager, Comfort Inn & Suites Kamloops              
  5. Lisa Hoaru - Front Desk Agent, DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops
  6. Marj Richardson - Guest Service Representative (Front Desk), Hotel 540  
  7. Michelle Thompson - Front Desk Reception/Attendant, Best Western Plus Kamloops          
  8. Michael Kowk – Front Desk Agent, Scott’s Inn & Restaurant         
  9. Paige Mittelsteadt - Front Office Manager, The Plaza Hotel            
  10. Paige Knapp - Front Desk Ambassador, Coast Kamloops Hotel    
  11. Paula Jones - Head Housekeeper, Best Western Plus Kamloops Hotel        
  12. Randy Stewart - Front Desk Agent, Howard Johnson Inn Downtown Kamloops   

 
Nominations for Attraction Services Leader       

  1. Brett McLeod - Senior Zookeeper, BC Wildlife Park           
  2. Correen Genshorek - Executive Assistant, Cascades Casino Kamloops      
  3. Jordan Popadynetz - Rail tours assistant and Train Manager, Kamloops Heritage Railway
  4. Marc Andre Brzustowski - Tasting Room Supervisor, Monte Creek Ranch Winery               

 
Nominations for Top Player in Food & Beverage Service             

  1. Aaron Perdersen - Head Cook, Joey's Seafood Restaurant               
  2. Atish Patel – Manager, Scott’s Inn & Restaurant  
  3. Brian Smit - Head Chef, The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge 
  4. Bruce Johnson - 1st cook, Fireside Steakhouse and Bar     
  5. Christina Welbeloved - Kitchen Supervisor, The Art We Are Cafe
  6. Claudio Klarich – Server, Citrus Restaurant @ DoubleTree by Hilton Kamloops    
  7. Danielle Campbell - Bartender, The blue grotto
  8. Ehsan Naziri - Service Manager, ATLAS Steak & Fish      
  9. Greg Hanycz – Barista, Caffe Motivo        
  10. Kalen Hutton - Asst manager/counter sales person, The Chopped Leaf     
  11. Karalyn J Mayne - Lead Server, The Plaza Hotel  
  12. Kathy Mulhall - Banquet captain, Uptown chefs/coast hotel           
  13. Mike Kowk - Burning Barrel       
  14. Romeo Oloresisimo - Head Chef, Romeo's Kitchen & Spirits/Uptown Chefs            
  15. Tamara Francis - Buffet Associate, Cascades Casino Kamloops

               
Nominations for Top Scorer in Tourism Services             

  1. Terri Axani - Director of First Impressions, DiVine Tours
  2. Carlo Corno - Arena Crew Leader - McArthur Island Sports Centre, City of Kamloops   


Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Family Winter Fun at Harper Mountain

Family Winter Fun at Harper Mountain

Imagine your family finishing a day of fun in the snow, in prime conditions, at Harper Mountain just twenty minutes from Kamloops. You've all just come off the mountain, a leg warmer on the T-Bar followed by some fresh powder runs on the Doppelmayr chairlift. The fire crackles in the wood frame lodge and you are warming your bellies with a hot chocolate and laughing about the day's events. The perfect family memory in beautiful British Columbia.

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Snowshoeing in Kamloops

 

Snowshoeing in Kamloops

The high country above the Thompson River Valley offers many opportunities to snowshoe in the winter months. From mid-December to the end of March snow blankets the hills and we can drive up to dozens of trailheads to snowshoe  the uplands forests and open spaces. 

Written by: Doug Smith

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Building Family Traditions in Kamloops

 

Building Family Traditions in Kamloops | Woodward Christmas Tree Farm

When traveling to Kamloops we encourage you to experience our city like a local. Christmas time is rich with traditions and opportunities for families from near and far to make long-lasting memories. The Woodward’s Christmas Tree Farm is a must-experience destination in Kamloops and this is their story.

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A Story of Ranching and Showing Cattle

A Story of Ranching and Showing Cattle

Kamloops has a rich cowboy history.  We celebrate this history twice annually during the Kamloops Cowboy Festival in March and the Provincial Winter Fair in September.

The Haughton Family personify this celebrated culture in Kamloops; they are pioneers. Their roots in 4-H Club and the Kamloops Bull Sale go back to 1928 and 1929 respectively. They have been proudly involved in the Provincial Winter Fair and the Kamloops Cowboy Festival for decades.  This is Jim Haughton’s story.

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Fall Fishing Kamloops and Area Lakes

 

 

Fall Fishing Kamloops and Area Lakes

With the summer winding down and temperatures following closely behind, some of the best fishing of the season happens in the fall months.  From September until freeze up, fly fishing opportunities are abundant as fish start to prepare themselves for the long winter ahead. 

Unlike the spring into early summer, the abundance of insect hatches are gone.  The frustration of trying to figure out what size and color of chironomids has surpassed and anglers can focus on main fall food items.  While we still see a few small hatches of chironomids at times in early fall, the main food sources are shrimp and leeches.  Fish slowly migrate in to shallower water at water temps start to drop, thus making fish easier to locate.  Concentrating on the edges of drop-offs and weed beds is a great place to start hunting for rainbows.  Using an intermediate sinking line and pulling shrimp slowly but erratically over the weed beds is a sure fire way to get a fish to strike, or using a floating line and hanging a leech under an indicator with a “slow” retrieve has brought a lot of success to not only myself but my clients as well and produced good numbers and size of fish.  Good colors of leeches are maroon, black, brown and variations together.  With shrimp, small sizes in light green to olive green.

Fall fishing is my favorite time of year to fish, there are a lot less anglers on the water and the weather can be cool to start but turns in to more beautiful days than not.

 

 

Good luck and safe angling.

Mike Porco
DNA Fly Fishing