Joan Chess-Woollacott (left)

Joan Chess-Woollacott (left)

Local tourism strategy earns award

Thompson-Okanagan Tourism received the silver award from the Planning Institute of B.C. for Excellence in Policy Planning

The Okanagan is garnering provincial attention.

Thompson-Okanagan Tourism received the silver award from the Planning Institute of B.C. for Excellence in Policy Planning (Small Town and Rural Areas) for the region’s recently launched 10-year strategy: Embracing Our Potential.

The award category seeks to honour the development and application of leading-edge planning policy designed to enhance the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities.

“Receiving this accolade is a real accomplishment and honour for the regional tourism industry,” said Glenn Mandziuk, chief executive officer of the Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association.

“This award was the only award to be directed to tourism and we are proud of the recognition that has been given to the strategy as a framework for tourism and economic growth in our region.”

The award was accepted by Mandziuk and Jennifer Houiellebecq, industry development specialist, at the Infuse Vancouver 2013 awards reception.

This year, PIBC co-hosted the national planning conference with the Canadian Institute of Planners.