College, TOTA teaming up
Okanagan Edge Staff - Aug 11, 2020 - Biz Releases

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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and Okanagan College are teaming up to provide help to tourism industry businesses manage COVID-19 challenges.

The two organizations have signed a formal agreement as part of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Resiliency Program. Okanagan College staff will deliver one-hour, virtual counselling sessions based on expressed areas of need. Those subject areas will include leadership soft skills, business administration and hospitality topics.

“Okanagan College students, alumni and employees lend their expertise to the tourism industry in so many ways and have for many years,” Okanagan College School of Business dean Bill Gillett said in a press release. “This is yet another way we can continue to do that. We are very proud to be a part of the fabric of this industry that is so vital to our region, and to be able to contribute to its resiliency by providing innovative mentoring, education, and training to TOTA members.”

If TOTA hears of the same issue affecting many tourism-related businesses, it will work with the college to come up with a specific webinar to address the problem.

“Industry resiliency is our key priority and the cornerstone of our efforts,” TOTA president and CEO Glenn Mandziuk said. “This program is part of meeting immediate needs following the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to be partnering with Okanagan College and know their expertise will serve as a tremendous resource for tourism businesses as we navigate the way forward.”


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