Tourism Kelowna welcomes eight new members to its board of directors – Kelowna News

New tourism agency chosen

Tourism Kelowna held its annual general meeting on Thursday and welcomed six newly elected and two newly appointed members to its board of directors.

New this year are Clee Varon of Iconic Wines of BC, Daniel Ruel of PR Hotels, Jason Guyitt of Argus Hotels, Jillian Haller of Kelowna Concierge, Shauna Wilton of Andrew Peller and Tara Gerald of Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort. They were all elected to the twelve-member board.

The two new appointed members are Edan Fay of Kelowna Hotel Motel Association and Kelowna City Councilor Rick Webber.

“2023 was another year of evolution and creative strategies,” Kelly Watt, chairman of Tourism Kelowna, said in a news release. “Further refinements to our governance occurred, along with strong fiscal management, the development of the Tourism Kelowna team and continued recognition of the needs of our members, tourism industry employees and residents who live, work and recreate.

“As we continue on our destination development path and the ongoing implementation of our strategic plan, our Tourism Kelowna team has worked hard to secure valuable opportunities such as the Canadian Country Music Awards and Montana’s Brier in 2025, further cementing our reputation as a have built an attractive foursome. -seasonal destination to visit.”

Lisanne Ballantyne, president and CEO of Tourism Kelowna, reported that the industry was worth $2.4 billion by 2023, despite the August wildfires, and more than 222,000 people visited the Kelowna Visitor Center during the calendar year.

The Tourism Kelowna 2024 Board of Directors:


  • Audrey Surrao, RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd.
  • Clee Varon, iconic wines from BC
  • Dale Sivucha, Coast Capri Hotel (Kelowna)
  • Daniel Ruel, PR Hotels
  • Jason Guyitt, Argus Hotels
  • Jillian Haller, Kelowna concierge
  • Kelly Watt, Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna
  • Kimberly Hundertmark, Okanagan Wine Festivals
  • Michael J. Ballingall, Big White Ski Resort
  • Natalie Corbett, Accent Inns & Hotel Zed
  • Shauna Wilton, Andrew Peller Ltd
  • Tara Gerald, Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort


  • Edan Fay, Kelowna Hotel Motel Association (The Royal Kelowna)
  • Jenny Money, Westbank First Nation
  • Councilor Rick Webber, City of Kelowna
  • Sam Samaddar, Kelowna International Airport
  • Thom Killingsworth, Past President (Kelowna Yacht Club)
  • Councilwoman Tricia Brett, Lake Country District