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Chris Lewis


Chris Lewis is the Director of Destination Development with Tourism Kelowna. He has been working in the tourism industry in British Columbia for fifteen years, the last eight and a half have been in his role with Tourism Kelowna. Chris is an Alumnus of the University of British Columbia and has lived in the Okanagan Valley most of his life.

Looking forward to serving the Tourism Industry as a whole and representing Destination Organizations through a potential seat on the TIABC Board of Directors Chris is passionate about the recovery of British Columbia’s tourism industry and moving forward in a sustainable and accessible manner. Chris is excited about getting back into the sharing of best practices and collaboration through various Industry events and activations and currently serves on the Destinations International Canadian Membership Task Force and the 30 under 30 Alumni Council.

If Chris is not chatting with residents, visitors, and industry from the Kelowna Visitor Centre you can find him hiking, rock climbing, or with his partner, two children, two dachshunds, and a cat loaded up and exploring everything the beautiful province of British Columbia has to offer!


📬 Postcards from BC 

Wish you were here from Matt Jennings, BC Fishing Tourism Association, at Phillips Lake. 🎣
🎙️ Just Released | Episode 26 - Dave Butler 🎙️

Meet Dave Butler, Vice-President, Sustainability at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, as he joins TIABC's Voice of Tourism host Walt Judas to discuss his career path, his work in sustainable tourism, and the challenges business owners and operators are facing in the province today.

You can listen to the Voice of Tourism podcast wherever you get your podcasts. Check us out on Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio, Amazon Music, Deezer, Podcast Addict and Podchaser. Or listen through the link in bio. 👆
🌅 Wish you were here from Gladys Atrill, Executive Director of Tourism Smithers, at Morin Lake in the Bulkley-Nechako Region! 🏞️
📈 With a view to building a stronger and more strategic relationship, TIABC CEO Walt Judas Met with Joe Baker, Dean of the Okanagan College School of Business in Kelowna. 

Okanagan College will officially break ground on its new Centre for Food, Wine & Tourism in September.
TIABC CEO Walt Judas checked in with Tourism Kelowna CEO Lisanne Ballantyne and TIABC Director Chris Lewis (Tourism Kelowna) while in the Okanagan this week. Walt and Lisanne discussed a range of topics including short-term rentals, emergency preparedness, infrastructure, business on the books and other priorities in the months ahead as the peak of the visitor season unfolds.
👥 TIABC's Membership & Communications Committee convened at the Richmond Oval recently for a strategic planning session that encompassed topics such as values, benefits, structure, fees and opportunities. 

Pictured left to right:
- Deb Kulchiski - TIABC
- Ceri Chong - Tourism Richmond
- Chris Lewis - Tourism Kelowna
- Nicole Ford - Rocky Mountaineer
- J.J. Belanger - Crystal Cove Beach Resort
- Jamie Cox - St. Andrews by the Lake
- Walt Judas - TIABC
- Mike Retasket - CCCT
- Joanne Burns-Millar - Pacific Destinations