Antoine elected chair of TOTA

Antoine elected chair of TOTA

Cultural coordinator for Quaaout Lodge takes helm of tourism association

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.