The new chair of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is well-known at the Quaaout Lodge.
Frank Antoine, cultural coordinator for the lodge, was elected chair at the association’s annual general meeting on Nov. 2.
Antoine has served as a director on the board for the past two years, the only Chase-area director. Other members of the board come from towns including Kamloops, Kelowna, Big White, Vernon, Penticton and Osoyoos.
At the gathering in Kamloops on Nov. 1 and 2, association directors were joined by tourism stakeholders, industry leaders and presenters.
Sustainability was a key theme, and TOTA was the recipient of the Biosphere Destination accreditation as a Sustainable Tourism Destination, the first in the Americas to do so, states a news release from the association.