Join Us February 23rd for Business On Tour - Southern Queensland Country Australia

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Flag of AustraliaFor the past several years the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association has had a “sister region” relationship with that are of Southern Queensland Country in Australia.

This particular area of Australia shares a great many of our similarities and attributes. They too are an inland region in Australia that draws on two major coastal cities for the majority of their tourism visitation. A burgeoning wine area, with an actively developing First Nations product. Southern Queensland Country is also home to many successful festivals and events and have built an incredible Rail Trail product that they continue to upgrade to world-class standards. Their stakeholder base, like ours, is primarily small business owners who are entrepreneurial, creative and very industrious.

When TOTA originally solidified a relationship with the Tourism Authority in this region our respective CEO’s took part in an information exchange travelling to meet with their boards, participating in their annual AGM’s and meeting with stakeholders.

In 2016, employees from both organizations engaged in a work exchange program and now we are pleased to be able to offer to TOTA stakeholders the opportunity to take part in a “Business on Tour” program and learning exchange.

Girraween National Park, Australia

Girraween National Park, Australia

The business exchange has been designed to provide Stakeholders with an opportunity to meet like-minded business operators; exchange information, dialogue around problem-solving and discover new and Innovative business ideas. It is a chance to experience how things are done on the other side of the world, compare best practices and share ideas. In our experience, there have been many takeaways and much to be gained in learning from each other. We can promise there will also be some fun along the way and a chance to get to know the spirit of our good friends and neighbors in the land of Auz…

This year’s “Business On Tour” will take place from February 23rd – March 1st with an option to extend your stay on either side and available add-on itineraries.

The base program will include meetings with their Tourism Authority in both Queensland and Southern Queensland County discussions with post-secondary institutions to develop student exchange relationships, tourism industry operator meetings, tours, and activities.

The cost for the 7-day exchange including accommodation, meals, ground transportation and activities is $1,750 per person plus GST, not including airfare. Participants will be responsible for their own airfares, however, through our Air Canada corporate partnership, we will be able to extend to participants greatly reduced rates. Additional nights or alternative activities will be at the cost of the individual participant.

Please register your interest as soon as possible as there is limited space available.  Deadlines for the exchange are as follows:

Register Interest – Deadline January 25th, 2018 – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 9! –  by emailing Ellen Walker-Matthews at
Non-Refundable Deposit – $500 plus GST due on or before January 25th, 2018
2nd Installment – $500 plus GST due on or before February 1st, 2018 (non-refundable)
Final Payment – $750 plus GST due on or before February 15th, 2018 (non-refundable)

Airfare bookings will be paid for in full by the participant at the time of booking, however, we will assist you with special Air Canada pricing that has been provided to TOTA for this exchange.

For additional information, or to book your spot, please contact Ellen Walker-Matthews at