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Thompson-Okanagan recognized as safe for tourists by global travel body

The Thompson-Okanagan region has been recognized as a safe destination for tourism by a world organization.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which is headquartered in London, gave the area the green light based on British Columbia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The guidelines established in British Columbia through tourism sector partners and endorsed by WorkSafe BC not only meet but exceed those of the WTTC,” said Glenn Mandziuk, president and CEO of Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.

“We believed it was important to secure this designation as we begin to build back tourism and eventually welcome guests from around the world.”

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It comes after Premier John Horgan announced on Wednesday that the province is now ready to move into the third phase of its re-opening plan.

Entering that phase means hotels can begin taking guests again and non-essential travel within the province can resume.

“British Columbians have worked hard to flatten the curve and help make it as safe as possible to travel in our province,” said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism.

“Congratulations to Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association for this recognition and their work in helping keep visitors, workers, and communities safe during COVID-19.”

Businesses can also apply for the WTTC’s “Safe Travels Stamp” by heading here.

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