If you want to learn about Indigenous culture where do you go? Do you search online? Go to a museum? Take a course? You could do all of these things but Moccasin Trails is now touring to give people an authentic experience of the Indigenous culture.

They wanted to bring people from around the world on the ancestral paths their people walked, have them taste the food they ate, sing the songs they sang, hear the stories that were passed down orally from generations ago, and travel down the rivers they canoed.

In order to truly learn about their culture they felt the only way was to touch, smell, see, hear, and feel it. Their journey started hundreds of years ago but your journey will start right now with them at Moccasin Trails.

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Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country and Sun Peaks Resort have partnered for a weekend of food, wine and winter adventure with Savour the Sun, December 7-9, 2018. The three-day event will bring some of the region’s most celebrated winemakers to the BC interior destination.

Anchored to three signature evening events, snow lovers can spend the day on the slopes before savouring rare finds and terroir expressive wines, paired with delicious food by Sun Peaks Resort’s culinary team.

The festival weekend kick-starts with Savour the Sun at Sunburst on Friday, December 7, a ski-in ski-out, mid-mountain reception that will focus on private collection, hard-to-find wines presented and poured by the winemaker. This intimate event will allow guests time to engage with each winery, learning the nuances of their winemaking philosophies and discovering the passion behind their rare and unique wine portfolio. Wine tastings will be paired with delicious food stations, all in the spectacular setting of the mid-mountain Sunburst Bar + Eatery after the slopes have closed to the general public.

For those looking for a more informal evening, Savour Bubbles is a progressive-style tasting at Masa’s Bar & Grill, focusing on sparkling wines and terroir expressive varietals from nine Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country winemakers. The last event, Uncork Your Senses, at The Annex rounds out the weekend with an elegant evening of food and wine, featuring twelve of the region’s most respected wineries.

At all three events, the delicious portfolio of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country will be expertly paired with food from Sun Peaks Resort’s culinary team, featuring local Okanagan and BC ingredients. Highlights include Misoyaki wild BC salmon with artisan greens and wasabi-yuzu dressing (Uncork Your Senses), Okanagan winter vegetable pakoras (Savour Bubbles), Brohm Lake duck confit with lentil and root vegetable cassolette, and steamed Quadra Island halibut cheeks with soy vinaigrette (Savour the Sun at Sunburst).

For more event details and full menus, visit: www.oliverosoyoos.com/Tickets/Other-Events

 

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The new Coast Oliver is ready for business. Coast Oliverfeatures 80 bedrooms, an indoor pool, breakfast room and future restaurant. Standards will include triple sheeting and complimentary high-speed in-room WiFi.

Approximately 100 parking stalls surround the hotel.

“The hotel is intended to have a modern architectural feel, and colours will be reflective of the local natural landscape,” said Coast Hotels executive director Sarah Kirby Yung.

The branding of the hotel will be done with Mundi Hotel Enterprises Inc. who purchased the lot (Centennial RV Park location) from the Town of Oliver.

The company, headed by president Ron Mundi, currently has two Coast-branded properties in Kamloops and Lethbridge, and owns five more hotels.

“We made the decision to expand our relationship with Coast Hotels as the brand flag for Oliver, given they share the same values, performance focus and community approach we do.”

Coast Hotels president Victor Komoda said the new Oliver property builds on the brand’s strength in its home province, bringing its total to 36 properties in western North America covering two provinces, two territories and five US states.

“Expanding our footprint in the popular Okanagan wine region will add value to our customer base,” said Komoda.

To book: www.coasthotels.com 

 

 

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Tourism Kamloops’ #YKA360 Kamera Krew Campaign has been selected as the winner of the Best Travel Online Video Campaign Award for 2018. The award was recently announced by the Internet Advertising Competition, which is hosted annually by the Web Marketing Association.

The Web Marketing Association (WMA) was founded in Boston in 1997 to help set a high standard for Internet marketing and corporate web development on the World Wide Web. Staffed by volunteers, this organization is made up of Internet marketing, advertising, PR and design professionals who share an interest for improving the quality of advertising, marketing and promotion used to attract visitors to corporate Web sites.

“It is an honour to be recognized by the Web Marketing Association for our #YKA360 Kamera Krew Campaign,” said Tourism Kamloops CEO, Beverley DeSantis. “The Tourism Kamloops team worked hard to bring this campaign to life. Our goal was to feature our amazing city to the world and this award shows that Kamloops is being noticed internationally.”

The #YKA360 Kamera Krew Campaign was launched by Tourism Kamloops in conjunction with the organization’s rebrand in May 2017 and ran throughout the year. The Kamera Krew intercepted visitors and locals, presented them with challenge cards, captured their boldly unscripted moments on video and posted them online for the world to see. The campaign was designed to literally take people off the highway to experience Kamloops and to showcase those experiences online.

The Best Travel Online Video Campaign Award winner is selected by a panel of marketing industry experts who base their decision on seven criteria, including: creativity; innovation; impact; design; copy writing; use of the medium; and memorability. As the award winner, Tourism Kamloops has been recognized on the Association’s website, social media channels and through media. Tourism Kamloops has also received a crystal statue and bragging rights for setting online video campaign trends and making online video campaign news.

#YKA360 Kamera Krew videos can be viewed on Tourism Kamloops’ YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/tourismkamloops

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In recent years, more and more of the best vineyards have sought to make a statement not just with their wines but with the design of their facilities, enlisting star architects from Renzo Piano to Zaha Hadid. That means wineries are no longer mere side trips en route to the main attraction—they’ve become destinations in their own right. World-class food and drink, stunning architecture, luxury lodgings, idyllic settings—this is the stuff epicurean dreams are made of. In advance of the grape harvest (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), Architectural Digest takes a look at some of the most beautifully designed wineries around the globe. In vino—and venustas—verities.

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Mission Hill Winery

West Kelowna, Canada
missionhillwinery.com
Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig designed Mission Hill Winery’s 120,000-square-foot hilltop complex in West Kelowna, British Columbia. The dramatic buildings are clad in board-formed concrete and surround a central courtyard, which features an 85-foot-tall bell tower with bells by the foundry that cast the bells of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the Sacré Coeur in Paris. The Wine Education Centre displays a Marc Chagall tapestry and houses a small theater.

To view the whole article: https://www.architecturaldigest.com/gallery/best-designed-vineyards-slideshow

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Tina & Peter offer photography workshops and photo tours in the beautiful Boundary Country. These leisurely outings are easy walking for everyone. You bring your camera, phone or tablet. They teach in classroom at The Board Room Cafe’ in Grand Forks, BC  and on location.

 

They are local photographers who know the area and have chosen the best places for photographing such as Christina Lake, Cascade Falls, Son Ranch Timber Company and the Granby Valley.  They offer classes and tours every Wednesday and some Saturdays. 

 

The Boundary Country is Great for Photographers!

For more information visit: : https://www.peterkalaszphotography.com/tina—peter-photo-tours

 

 

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This week sees the launch of an exciting new tourism marketing campaign called “Chain of Events”. The project is a collaboration between Travel Penticton, Tourism Summerland and Discover Naramata with funding and support from Destination BC.

“The ‘Chain of Events’ project actually started a couple of years ago and focused on promoting cycling activities, particularly in the shoulder seasons” said Thom Tischik, Executive Director for Travel Penticton. “ We soon learned that the cycling enthusiasts visiting were also interested in other activities, such as culinary, arts & culture or wine touring so we decided to expand the ‘Chain of Events’ concept.”

In April, 2018 the three partner communities got together and resubmitted a proposal to Destination BC that would see the ‘Chain of Events’ project take a fresh new direction.

Project Co-ordinator, Charnock explains, “We have developed a series of itineraries and signature experiences for each community,  geared towards four specific traveller types: The Adventurer, The Athlete, The Foodie and The Family”. “Many of the visitors to our region only have a few days to spend here and this is a great way to help them get the absolute most out of their stay.”

The ‘Chain of Events’ itineraries have also been really well received by national and international media, as they provide a clear outline of things that make each of the partner communities unique and appealing consumers.

Over the summer ‘Chain of Events’ will be promoted at local visitor centres and via the new website – http://www.okchainofevents.com and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/okchainofevents/.  During the fall and winter there will be digital and print campaigns offering package deals to encourage visitation in the quieter tourist seasons.

If you would like to find out more about ‘Chain of Events’, please contact:

Jo Charnock
Project Co-ordinator
Travel Penticton
jo.charnock@visitpenticton.com

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Spirit Ridge at Nk’Mip Resort is joining the “Unbound Collection” by Hyatt brand, the sixth in the world and the first in Canada.

The change comes with a $5.2 million renovation.

The franchise agreement between Hyatt Hotels Corporation and the Spirit Ridge Owners Association takes effect on Dec. 11, it was formally announced Thursday.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt was launched in March 2016 and is a collection of properties considered to offer unique and story-worthy experiences, Hyatt says in a news release.

Spirit Ridge will undergo a $5.2 million renovation in the coming year to enhance the guest experience and will remain open while upgrades are taking place, Hyatt says.

“Spirit Ridge is an exciting addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, and we are delighted it is our first Canadian property for the brand,” said Scott Richer, vice president, real estate and development Canada at Hyatt.

“With its rich history, Hyatt guests will be able to experience the incredible historic and indigenous culture that this resort has to offer and create new stories at Spirit Ridge,” Richer continued.

The decade-old resort sits on land that has been the home of the Osoyoos Indian Band for thousands of years.

“Rich in culture and historical relevance, the iconic resort’s design embraces the Okanagan First Nations people and celebrates their deep spiritual connection to natural surroundings,” Hyatt says in its news release.

The adobe-style resort features suites and villas accommodations ranging in size from one to three bedrooms.

Suites and villas include fully equipped kitchens, outdoor private terraces and sweeping vistas of the surrounding vineyards, desert mountains and Osoyoos Lake.

The resort includes a 7,000-square-foot conference centre, 226 suites and villas, private beach access to Osoyoos Lake, food and beverage offerings, several pools, hot tubs and private cabanas.

Also next to the resort are the Nk’Mip Cellars Vineyard, the nine-hole Sonora Dunes Golf Course and Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

The renovation will upgrade guest suites, public areas, swimming pools, meeting rooms, restaurants and fitness centres. The first phase of renovations is due for completion by spring 2018.

The resort employs 130 people under the leadership of Executive Director and General Manager Daniel Bibby, along with Shantell Paisley, director of sales and marketing.

Current properties in the Unbound Collection include The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas; The Royal Palms in Phoenix, Arizona; The Confidante in Miami Beach, Florida; the Hotel du Louvre in Paris, France; and Carmelo Resort and Spa in Uruguay. The Coco Palms Resort in Kauai, Hawaii is scheduled to undergo revitalization.

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NEW HOTELS planned and under construction in the Thompson Okanagan:

Kamloops – Wingate by Wyndham now open

Oliver – Coast Oliver Hotel, located just off Highway 97 in downtown Oliver at Centennial Park, 80 rooms, indoor pool, breakfast room and future restaurant (opening planned for June 2018)

Kelowna – Wingate By Wyndham Kelowna, located corner of Highway 97 and Highway 33, 120 rooms, indoor pool, hot tub and hot breakfast (planned to open June 15, 2018)

Kelowna – Courtyard by Marriott, located at corner of Highway 97 & Highway 33, 120 rooms, (planned opening late 2018)

Clearwater – Best Western Plus, located next to the Clearwater Lodge,  69 rooms (45 double queen), indoor pool, hot tub and hot breakfast (planned to open June 2019)

Kelowna –  Name to be announced, located downtown Kelowna, 147 hotel rooms in a high rise building with 45 luxury condos, 17th floor restaurant, (construction planned to start late 2018/earl 2019)

Salmon Arm – Fairfield Inn & Suites, located near downtown, 95 rooms, (construction to start in 2018 and planned opening in 2019)

Vernon – Best Western Premiere, (construction start planned for summer 2018, planned to open in 2020)

Vernon – Sheraton Four Points, (planned opening 2021)

Penticton – 2 new hotels planned but not yet under construction, brand to be announced.

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Flair Airlines launches new scheduled flights between Kelowna and Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto.

Flair Airlines Ltd. is a privately owned Canadian scheduled and charter airline based in Kelowna, B.C. Beginning March 7, Flair Airlines is operating regularly scheduled flights between Kelowna and Vancouver, Edmonton and Toronto. Currently Flair Airlines is operating seven (7) B737-400 aircraft which are among the world’s safest customer jets. Flair Airlines owns and operates the planes they’ve been flying since 2006 and have a strong record of service with experienced pilots, flight staff as well as knowledgeable maintenance crews. Travellers can customize their flights with features including priority boarding, advance seat selection, printed boarding passes from airline agents and buy-on-board food and beverages.

www.flairair.ca

group bookings: groups@flairair.ca

 

 

 

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Learn to ski at Sun Peaks - Kelly Funk Photography

Travel with ease to Sun Peaks Canada’s second largest ski area and experience the joy of learning to ski in a dedicated area conveniently located only steps from the compact and intimate village. Favorable interior BC snow conditions combined with the progressive learning area allow for a safe, gentle and unintimidating experience for beginner skiers and boarders. 

TRAVEL VANCOUVER TO SUN PEAKS
Board one of the world’s most legendary trains, The Canadian by VIA Rail, for an overnight journey to Sun Peaks. Arrive in Kamloops at sunrise fully rested after a peaceful night’s sleep on board. ECONOMY CLASS | Provides spacious seats with long-haul travel in mind, complete with access to one domed observation car and the option to purchase food and beverage on board. SLEEPER PLUS CLASS | Provides on board accommodations with options to choose from semi-private upper and lower berths, Cabin for 1 or Cabin for Two, including freshly prepared meals, complimentary coffee, tea, juice and snacks and access to several domed observation
cars.

DAY 1 SUN PEAKS Disembark the train and immediately join the Sun Peaks Shuttle for a short 30 minute transfer to the Resort. Pillows, blankets, bottled water and free wifi are included. Upon arrival, guests can explore the village shops and pick up their lift tickets and rental equipment before joining one of Sun Peaks remarkable Canadian experiences such as Dog Sledding or Snowmobiling.

DAY 2 SUN PEAKS The Sun Peaks’ Learn to Ski programme provides a great introduction to the world of winter sport and is tailored to provide first time skiers and snowboarders with everything they need to hit the slopes; including lesson, equipment rentals, and learning area lift ticket. In the evening, guests can experience the magic of a winter’s night on a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, including a delicious campfire treat of S‘mores.

DAY 3 SUN PEAKS TO VANCOUVER Continue to build your skills on the slopes for the day, a variety of lesson packages are available. In the afternoon try your hand at catching a wild Rainbow Trout on a fully guided Ice Fishing experience with a knowledgeable local guide. Transfer back to the VIA Rail station in Kamloops in the late evening to depart to Vancouver for another restful night on board The “Canadian”.

ARRIVE HOME VANCOUVER

Contact: Megan Nelson, Tourism Sun Peaks, megan@sunpeakstourism.com

Michelle Goodwin, VIA Rail, michelle_goodwin@viarail.ca

 

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Air Canada Q400 Kelowna Edmonton Service in the Thompson Okanagan

Air Canada announced it will begin new domestic regional non-stop flights on July 2, 2018.  Flights are now available for purchase along with introductory promotional fares at aircanada.com, via the Air Canada app and through travel agents. Service will be non-stop onboard a Bombardier Q400 between Kelowna and Edmonton. With Alberta a key market for tourism in BC, these flights are a big boost for the Thompson Okanagan region. All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule, provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline Canadian airports including Edmonton and Calgary, priority boarding and other benefits. Flights depart Kelowna at 09:30 and arrive into Edmonton at 11:51 and depart Kelowna at 16:55 and arrive into Edmonton at 19:16.

 

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Air Canada Rouge

Air Canada Rouge released its Spring 2018 schedule which includes new nonstop service to Toronto from Kamloops Airport. This new service connects Kamloops to three of Air Canada’s Canadian hubs: Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Air Canada is very pleased to announce new, non-stop flights from Kamloops directly to Toronto to help make summer travel to and from the Thompson Okanagan area even more convenient.  With more than 535 seats and up to nine daily flights starting June 2018, there are unparalleled choices for vacation travellers to get to Kamloops and the Thompson Okanagan area. Flights will be using Airbus 319 aircraft seating 136 passengers. Flights depart Toronto at 9:45 am and arrive into Kamloops at 11:30 am. Flights depart Kamloops 12:15 pm and arrive into Toronto at 7:15 pm. Service operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays June to October 2018.

 

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Kelowna Jet Boating on Lake Okanagan.

Kelowna Jet Boat Adventures is the first of its kind in the Okanagan Valley and the only high speed boat charter on Lake Okanagan. Their unique boat has been developed for fast take offs, high speeds and exciting maneuvers. During the charter, see Downtown Kelowna and City Park Beach from the water before heading under the bridge towards Gyro Beach and the Hotel Eldorado . Take in the sights such as the beautiful lower mission and the Summerhill Pyramid Winery, before travelling across the lake to Casa Loma Resort and the Shelter Bay Marina. Passengers also get great views of William R Bennett Bridge and the Old Ferry Wharf before heading over to Bear Creek Provincial Park then back past Knox Mountain and Manhattan Point. The boat is custom built by Smoky Mountain Jet Boats and can carry for up to 11 passengers.  It is designed to maneuver like a jet ski. Trips start and finish at the Hotel Eldorado.

Contact: Luke Weller, Owner lukeweller@hotmail.com

http://kjet.ca/


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Okanagan Parasailing on Lake Okanagan in Kelowna

Fly sky high above Kelowna and Lake Okanagan with Ogopogo Parasail. Their custom built Transport Canada approved Parasail winch boat can take up to ten participants or passengers  aboard the vessel for each charter. Ogopogo Parasail is the only parasailing operation in Kelowna that is owner operated. Owner Luke Weller is one of the most experienced Parasail captains in Canada with over 11 seasons of experience and he will be the one driving your boat. Every Parasail ride starts from the boat, and everyone lands safely back on the boat as opposed to beach or water landings. Ogopogo Parasail offers single, tandem and triple parasail experiences. With the development of a larger and more stable ascending parachutes, they can now not only offer a parasail experience of two people at once (tandem), but also three people at the same time (triple). The trips start and finish at the Hotel Eldorado dock.

Contact: Luke Weller, Owner  lukeweller@hotmail.com

https://www.ogopogoparasail.com/


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Camelot Haven Alpaca Ranch is located west of Swan Lake in Vernon, British Columbia. Net rates are offered for FIT and Tour Groups that would like to include this adult-oriented Agritourism experience to their itineraries. Visitors will enjoy an approximately 1 hour walk through the pastures amongst these endearing animals. There are excellent photo opportunities while taking the guided interpretive tour. Comfortable walking shoes, hats, and cameras are recommended to bring. You will have the opportunity to visit the Country Alpaca store, where fine alpaca clothing and unique gifts are offered for sale.  Group sizes are limited to 20 maximum due to the capacity at the Gift store. Reservations are required.

Contact: Julene Ashford-Koslowski  Alpacas.camelothaven@telus.net  http://camelothaven.com/

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Elements Adventure Company is based in Vernon. They have three new tours for Fall 2017 in addition to their hiking and paddling tours. Voyageur Canoeing, Salmon Tours, and Wild Mushroom Tours have been added to the selection of FIT and Group experiences. Voyageur Canoe Excursions are guided by Paddle Canada certified instructors and are held on one of the many lakes or rivers near the Okanagan. Trips can be custom designed to fit the logistical needs of Tour Operators when booking for clients. No prerequisites are required, minimum and maximum numbers are required, and transportation from Vernon is included. Salmon Tours are designed around the fall runs in the North Okanagan, so operating in September to mid-October. The focus is on salmon viewing at the spawning grounds. Tours can be custom-designed for length, minimum and maximum numbers required, and transportation from Vernon is included. Wild Mushroom Tours feature a walking forest excursion hunting wild-mushrooms in the Okanagan. The tour includes an organic farm visit to learn about mushroom identification before heading out to spot and identify the various kinds of mushrooms. This is not a mushroom picking tour, only a learning experience on the basics of mushrooms and how to use an identification guidebook. Tours are full day, minimum and maximum numbers are required, and transportation from Vernon is included.

Contact: Charles Ruechel info@elementsadventures.com  http://www.elementsadventures.com/

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Sagebrush Tours is based in Kelowna. They deliver nature exploration and discovery experiences for all ages and physical abilities. Their signature experience is direct contact and immersion in the landscapes of the Okanagan, Similkameen, & Columbia Valleys as well as the Rocky Mountains. With them, you get off the tour bus and step into the landscape using all your senses to gain new revelations and make new discoveries about the natural world. They guide you in your adventure but you do the fun stuff in a hands-on, direct way and make discoveries on your own. Tours are limited in size, up to 11 people, which provides an intimate and personal exchange with your professional guide and naturalist. A variety of tours are offered to accommodate different timelines, levels of outdoor experience, physical abilities, and interests. No experience is necessary and they guarantee that you will see the land through new eyes after every tour. Whether it is geology, wildlife, plants, ecosystems, a wetland, lake, river, mountain, grassland, or desert that intrigues you, they have a tour for you.

Contact: Frank Fraser frank@sagebrushtours.ca

Carol Engstrom carol@sagebrushtours.ca

www.sagebrushtours.ca

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A brand new 83-room Best Western Plus Hotel has opened in Merritt. The hotel features complimentary full breakfast, a fitness center, guest laundry services, an indoor pool and hot tub, a business center, and meeting rooms that can hold up to 65 people. Electric car charging stations are available at the hotel. Located just off Highway #5 in downtown Merritt, there are plenty of restaurants and stores nearby.

Contact: Anoop Sekhon, Manager  anoop@bwplusmerritt.com bestwestern.com

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The newly-opened winery is located at the historic Greata Ranch site on Highway 97, in-between Summerland and Peachland. Featuring incredible views and specializing in sparkling wine production, Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards provides “a little sparkle by the lake.” Their cool climate from the lake breeze and the shade allows their vines to produce grapes grown by the Traditional Method, developed in France, to create amazing sparkling wine. Their on-site bistro features cuisine made with delicious, local ingredients.

Contact: Gordon Fitzpatrick, President  jgf@fitzwine.com http://www.fitzwine.com/

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