Tourism Penticton names new executive director

Bower in front of the Nk'Mip Resort.
Image Credit: Osoyoos Indian Band

PENTICTON - After a long wait, Tourism Penticton has named Chris Bower as its new executive director.

The organization went through administrative changes this winter and spring, with several administrators leaving their positions, including ex-executive director Jessie Campbell.

In his new position, Bower will oversee destination tourism and marketing for Tourism Penticton and the operation of the Penticton & Wine Country Information Centre.

Bower formerly worked with the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation, start the Nk’Mip Campground and RV Park, and was Chairman of the Nk’Imp Resort Association. He has also been on the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association for the past seven years.

"I'm honoured to be able to take the knowledge I've gained over the years in tourism and use it for the benefit of this community," Bower said. "With Penticton being the gateway to the South Okanagan there are endless opportunities."

"We were impressed by Chris' depth of knowledge in the field of tourism especially as it relates to business development," said Tourism Penticton Chairman, Max Picton. "When recruiting for this role we were looking for a person that could bring innovative business ideas to our tourism industry, someone who could bring all sectors together and create new opportunities for all of our stakeholders to benefit.”

Bower takes the reins of Tourism Penticton on Monday.

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