March 26, 2018
We’re thrilled to announce that the Thompson Okanagan Regional Tourism Job Fair, put on by go2HR and TOTA, was a huge success!
Held in Kelowna on March 15, this all-day event hosted thirty tourism employers from around the region and attracted over 250 job seekers, many seeking permanent and seasonal work.
The event featured a virtual reality booth, Sun FM airing live on-location, and a live stage where job seekers gained insights into local tourism careers and watched demonstrations including:
- Chef Mike Barillaro from Okanagan College making pasta from scratch;
- Jeff Hanson of Fitzpatrick Winery speaking on sparkling wine and careers in the Okanagan wine industry;
- Kevin Castelone from Bonfire Restaurant at The Cove Lakeside Resort mixing mocktails and on industry-specific jobs and skills like bartending.
The Job Fair was advertised via several local media channels, including Castanet, Okanagan Oldies, KelownaNow.com, and Sun FM. Both Global News Okanagan and Kelowna Daily Courier attended the event and interviewed employers and job seekers.
More than half of employers surveyed after the event conducted interviews on-site, while 46% have interviews scheduled for the upcoming weeks. 47% of job seekers surveyed indicated that they participated in 1-3 interviews – some were even offered jobs on-the-spot!
Many thanks to all the participating employers and our three sponsors (Okanagan College, Maximus Canada and Heart to Heart Educational Services) for helping make the event so successful, and a special thank you to those who donated door prizes for draws throughout the day. We had very positive feedback: job seekers were thrilled to walk into the event with a resume and leave with a job, and 95% of attendees indicated that they increased their knowledge about the Thompson Okanagan tourism industry from this event.
Some testimonials from job seekers:
“Very informative employers and lots of great job opportunities.”
“Even though [employers] vie for the same type of candidates it didn’t feel competitive. In fact, some vendors introduced me to others and encouraged me to talk with them.”
“…thought it was a really good experience, I got a lot out of it and would recommend anyone looking for a job to go!”
“What a fantastic job you guys did. I’ve both coordinated, hosted and attended handfuls of Job Fairs over my 20yr career and yesterday was by far one of the best.”
- Big White Ski Resort*
- Casa Loma Lakeshore Resort
- Coast Capri Hotel
- The Cove Lakeside Resort & Bonfire Restaurant*
- Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort
- Destination Osoyoos
- Ex Nihilo Vineyards
- Fairfield Inn & Suites Kelowna
- Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards
- Holiday Inn Express
- Hoodoo Adventures
- Hotel Eldorado
- Kelowna Yacht Club*
- Lake City Casinos
- The Log Barn
- Manteo Resort*
- Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing
- Oyama Zipline Adventure Park/Arcadia Virtual Reality Lounge*
- Prestige Hotels and Resorts*
- Quails’ Gate Estate Winery*
- Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre Kelowna
- Sandman Kelowna
- Silver Star Ski Resort
- Spirit Ridge
- Tourism Kelowna*
- Twin Anchors Houseboats
- The Vibrant Vine Winery
- Watermark Beach Resort
- Wicked Wine Tours*
- ZipZone Adventure Park
If you may be interested in participating in future events in the region, or seek assistance with your recruitment efforts, or require other HR-related information or support in the Thompson Okanagan, please contact Ginger Brunner, Regional HR Specialist, at 778-721-5523.