Over 80 Central Okanagan participants in the local tourism industry and other interested parties attended the Tourism Kelowna annual general meeting held on Dec. 4 at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre.
The event provided a wrap-up of Kelowna’s tourism picture for 2012 as well as announcing the board of directors for 2013.
The AGM was followed by an advanced social media workshop and working lunch, facilitated by Aaron Nissen of Think Social Media.
An executive committee of the Tourism Kelowna board of directors was struck following the AGM as follows: Brad Sieben as chairman of the board; Stan Martindale as vice-chair; Ian Robertson as treasurer; Steve Stinson as secretary and Roger Sellick as past chair.
The board of directors consists of representatives of the Greater Kelowna tourism industry. Joining the board this year is David McFadden of the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm. The remainder of the board consists of returning directors.
At the AGM, Tourism Kelowna thanked departing director Allan Gatzke (Gatzke Farm Market) for his commitment and contribution to Tourism Kelowna.
The 2013 board of directors is as follows:
Michael J. Ballingall, Big White Ski Resort
Daniel Bibby, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre
André Blanleil, City of Kelowna (Colin Basran as alternate)
Nathan Flavel, Kelowna Actors Studio Dinner Theatre
Stan Martindale, Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
David McFadden, Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
Gavin Parry, Coast Capri Hotel
Rosemary Paterson, Kelowna Hotel Motel Association
Rita Pluta, Abbott Villa
Ian Robertson, Kelowna Springs Golf Club
Sam Samaddar, Kelowna International Airport
Roger Sellick, Executive Consultant
Brad Sieben, Hotel Eldorado
Tony Stewart, Quails’ Gate Winery
Stephen Stinson, Kelowna Keg Restaurant
Kelly Watt, Sandman Hotel & Suites
District of Lake Country representative – still to be appointed
Tourism Kelowna is the official not-for-profit tourism industry association marketing Kelowna as a tourism destination. In partnership with over 300 businesses, Tourism Kelowna generates tourism demand through strategic sales, marketing and visitor servicing to fulfill its mandate to increase overnight visitation and economic impact of tourism within Kelowna and area.