Regional tourism group holds AGM; Elects board of governors for 2016

Lake Country represented at Tourism Kelowna AGM as tourism operators gather at Manteo Resort

Over 120 local tourism industry stakeholders, business community members, and officials attended the Tourism Kelowna Society’s Annual General Meeting held on December 8 at Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas. The event provided attendees with an overview of Tourism Kelowna’s strategic plan and priorities, and its 2015 marketing results. The 2016 Board of Directors was also announced.

The Board of Directors consists of a maximum of eighteen Central Okanagan tourism industry representatives. Twelve are elected by the voting stakeholders of the Society while a maximum of six are appointed. Tourism Kelowna thanked departing Director Donna Markin and recognized out-going Chair Stan Martindale for his exceptional contribution and leadership as Chair.

The 2016 Board of Directors is as follows with Executive Committee positions identified:

Returning Directors:

Dan Matheson, Okanagan Golf Club

David McFadden, Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, Secretary

Heather Schaub, Casa Loma Lakeshore Resort

Tony Stewart, Quails’ Gate Winery

Tanya Stroinig, Prestige Hotel Kelowna, Treasurer

Returning as appointed Directors:

Penny Gambell, District of Lake Country Council

Gail Given, Kelowna City Council

Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, Past Chair

Sam Samaddar, Kelowna International Airport


Katie Balkwill, Big White Ski Resort

Daniel Bibby, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, Chair

Nathan Flavel, Kelowna Actors Studio Dinner Theatre

Thom Killingsworth, Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport, Vice Chair

Rosemary Paterson, Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites

Heather Schroeter, Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas

Newly Elected:

Debbie Dupasquier, Distinctly Kelowna Tours

Tourism Kelowna is a not-for-profit association with the mandate to market Kelowna and area as a tourism destination. In partnership with over 320 businesses, Tourism Kelowna attracts overnight visitors through strategic sales, marketing, and visitor servicing to economically benefit Kelowna and its neighbouring communities.

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