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Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA)

Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, founded in 1996, stimulates ongoing sustainable growth by embracing the value of tourism through community engagement, innovative leadership in promoting authentic experiences, and inspiring creative collaboration. 

They are working with the municipalities and regional districts in the Thompson Okanagan region, Canada, to support their efforts to ban or reduce single-use plastics.

Role in programme(s):


In the framework of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association commits to: 

  • Encouraging tourism industry stakeholders, in particular their Biosphere Committed Entities, to join the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative.

  • Educating and guiding their stakeholders (4000 tourism businesses in the region) on how to better manage plastics in their operations, how to take a more circular approach and how to set targets to address plastic waste.

  • Communicating successes through multiple channels, including their website, weekly newsletter, industry, and consumer-facing social media channels as well as through presentations to domestic and international audiences.