The Thompson Okanagan has received a prestigious award from the Responsible Tourism Institute – our region is the first in North or South America to be recognized as a sustainable tourism destination. The first in the Americas… let that sink in for a moment.
The region has received the award due to its efforts on sustainable tourism, with specific reference to environmental, cultural and social management. Based in Spain, the Responsible Tourism Institute has close ties with UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) so this award is a big deal.
Along with being prestigious, the award is also rare, as there are only twenty recognized sustainable tourism destinations around the world.
The Thompson Okanagan has a population of around 341,000 and stretches from roughly Kamloops in the north to Osoyoos/the U.S. border in the south. Kelowna is the region’s primary city.
The area has long been attractive to visitors due to its weather, wineries and a number of world class amenities.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association estimates that our region receives more than three million visitors per year. Anecdotally, the region seems to be increasing in popularity with each passing year. After all, what’s not to love? The Thompson Okanagan truly has it all, from lovely beaches to first-rate restaurants.
If you’re considering a move to Kelowna (or the Thompson Okanagan) and would like to learn more about the Kelowna real estate market – or the wider Thompson Okanagan market – please contact us. We’re genuine experts on the local market, and we’re always happy to answer questions.