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NEWS RELEASE - Destination Osoyoos Moving to a New Home!

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Location, location, location. Destination Osoyoos has taken that saying to heart, and is excited to announce its move to a prime new location in downtown Osoyoos, at 8701 Main Street.  With Market on Main, the Osoyoos Town Hall and in a few years, the Osoyoos Museum as neighbours, Destination Osoyoos feels perfectly positioned to fulfil its mandate of tourism services and to showcase Canada’s Warmest Welcome.

The Town of Osoyoos will lease a portion of the property to Destination Osoyoos for a term of three years, with a right of renewal for an additional three years. The move will begin on December 15 and Destination Osoyoos will be in transition until January 2, when it plans to open its doors in the new location. An open house for the public and stakeholders will take place sometime in the New Year.  The excitement about the move will be amplified by the signing of the final three-year partnership agreement for the operation of Destination Osoyoos, called a Tourism Services Agreement, which will take place the week of December 17. 

“This is a positive and dynamic time for Destination Osoyoos,” said Jo Knight, Executive Director. “I view 2013 as a truly “new era” for our organization. We have a solid partnership agreement, a dedicated volunteer board of directors and a skilled and enthusiastic team of specialists to deliver excellence in tourism services -- all framed by a clear five-year strategic plan, and a 2013 tactical plan that is both cutting-edge and innovative.”   

Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells is elated about the new, highly visible location on the town campus which he feels will improve Destination Osoyoos’ delivery of services. “This move is critical for the success of tourism in our town,” he said. “The organization needs a presence in the hub of our community, for visitors, our stakeholders and our citizens - to become more accessible and approachable. Destination Osoyoos will be better connected to its business base; I feel that there’s always been a sense that the organization was physically removed from the action. The relocation is a win, win, win for everybody.” He is also pleased and relieved to sign the new partnership agreement. “We have very open and interactive relationships with our partners and stakeholders, which have underpinned our success in reaching an agreement that we can work with, and are proud of. We can and will forge forward with confidence and success.” 

“Tourism services are all about inviting and encouraging visitors to play and stay in Osoyoos, and experiencing the myriad of tourism opportunities - golfing, spas, beaches, wine-touring, orchard visits, dining experiences, shopping, mountain adventures, fishing, First Nations culture and eco-desert experiences,” explained Jo Knight. “We also highlight the first-class meeting, conference and wedding facilities available, along with local secrets and special points of interest.” She added, “The new downtown location will serve as a home-base for our Team Osoyoos ambassadors during the summer months.”  

Jennifer Busmann, Chair, Destination Osoyoos, welcomes Destination Osoyoos to the heart of the community. “Visitors support our organization through the funds collected for the Hotel Room Tax, and now we’re able to give back, and support our visitors by using the funds to help enrich their experience in our community. The location is much more visible and accessible which means we’re in a better position to provide the services needed to achieve our goals. Having our partnership agreement finalized concurrently with the location move is a wonderful, positive way to end the year, and look forward to 2013.” 

“We would like to thank our community and our stakeholders for their patience during our transition to our new location,” concluded Jo Knight. 

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For more information, please contact:  

Jo Knight 
Executive Director
Destination Osoyoos
250.495.5070 Ext. 202

Barry Romanko
Chief Administrative Officer
Town of Osoyoos


Event date: 
Monday, 17 December, 2012
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