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2020 Criteria for TNS Marketing

Tourism Nova Scotia has announced the new guidelines for participating in provincial Marketing. They include the requirement for all accommodation operators to be registered in the new Provincial Portal in order to partake in any government sponsored activities. TIANS has continued to represent your views on the important issue of short-term rentals, and we would like to acknowledge Minister Geoff MacLellan and Tourism Nova Scotia for supporting Nova Scotia’s Tourism Operators. To view the release click here. TIANS will continue to advocate for system improvements as we look at ways to protect and build NS tourism Industry.

A Message from TIANS (March 25)
View our latest TIANS Bulletin to Industry.

Nova Scotia Declares State of Emergency
On March 22 Nova Scotia declared a state of emergency.  Full details available in this CBC news update.

Canada's COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Prime Minister announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy during this challenging period. These measures will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses.

The Rick Howe Show - Tuesday, March 17, 2020
TIANS President, Darlene Grant Fiander shared Tourism impact perspective from COVID-19 on the Rick Howe Show on NewsTalk radio 95.7. Listen here.

TIANS Newsletter: COVID-19 & Nova Scotia's
Tourism Industry
Darlene Grant Fiander, TIANS President,
provides an update to Industry.

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions for Hotel Employers (PDF)
The Hotel Association of Canada has prepared Frequently Asked Questions related to COVID-19 and how it may impact on Hotel employers.

COVID-19 Protocol for Restaurants in Nova Scotia
The Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia(RANS) weighs in on short term priority items in restaurants.

COVID-19: Helping the Tourism Workforce
Prepare and React
TIANS is collaborating with Tourism HR
ada to provide guidance and resources
for tourism employers.

COVID-19 Update from Halifax
International Airport (HIAA)

A message from President & CEO,
Joyce Carter, on travel impacts and
airport precautionary efforts

Provincial Government Update
TIANS continues to work with the Government and stakeholders to share information on COVID-19.

TIANS: COVID-19 - What You Can Do
The latest update on Coronavirus impact.  News, Links and Resources for Industry

Federal Support Announced
Prime Minister Trudeau commits $1Billion in response to COVID-19; waves one-week waiting period for EI 
Bay Ferries Limited Media Advisory: Start-Up of Yarmouth/Bar Harbor Ferry Service
Bay Ferries Limited is pleased to announce the planned start date for Nova Scotia - Maine ferry service is June 26, 2020. Sale of tickets will commence immediately.
Important Notice for Accommodation Operators Regarding Accommodations Licensing
The province is in the process of modernizing the legislation governing accommodation operations in Nova Scotia
Tourism Summit Celebrates Excellence
On December 3rd the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia 
(TIANS) hosted the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence as the grand finale to the 42nd Annual Tourism Summit – Charting the Future.    
TIANS November 27- TIANS will welcoming hundreds of tourism businesses from across the province at the Tourism Summit. 
View TIANS Oct. 8 Statement on Funding Model Option for Stadium.
Latest TIANS Membership Update
September -  Newsletter for TIANS Membership.
On Saturday, July 20th TIANS public position on the Inverness Airport Investment was published in the Chronicle Herald.  Additionally, TIANS has written to Premier McNeil and the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, advising of its position.
April 16, 2019 - TOURISM NOVA SCOTIA--Higher-spending Visitors Drive Nova Scotia’s Tourism Revenue Growth
March 11, 2019 - TIANS provided the following submission to the provincial law amendments committee regarding STR
 Earlier today March 7, 2019,  the Provincial Government announced Bill 101 to address regulations related to the Short-Term Rental Industry.
TIANS Response to Working Group Report on Short-Term Rentals
 TIANS has submitted the above document in response to the Government Working Group on Short-Term Rentals.  
 The Minister’s Working Group on Short-term Rentals was established to provide input on the policy environment given the growth
in the market and use of digital platforms for booking private accommodations, and to assess how these innovative technologies
affect Nova Scotia’s tourism sector.
 On November 27th the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) hosted the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence as
the grand finale to
the 41st
Annual Tourism Summit – Making the Connection.
The Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NSTHRC) celebrated the success of South Shore High School students last night.
The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) is calling for regulations for the Short Term Rental (STR) Industry.
Environmental Advocacy
TIANS responds to proposed closure of Boat Harbour by 2020 and the development of a pipeline to dispose of treated effluent water from
 Northern Pulp into the Northumberland Strait.  TIANS fully supports the concerns of the fisheries sector and other stakeholders.
 Read the letter
sent to Premier MacNeil, and the correspondence from TIANS and other members of the Atlantic Tourism Caucus.
2018 Federal Budget
Tourism Highlights from the 2018 Federal Budget. Read more
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COVID-19 Information Hub 

In an effort to keep you informed, TIANS has launched an information hub dedicated to
COVID-19. Focus on the information relevant to your tourism business needs.



  UPDATED Survey - Part II COVID-19: Tourism Impact  

It is vitally important we hear from Industry to better support your needs.  Please complete this supplementary survey.  Thank you for your feedback on this critical issue facing our Industry.


aquaculture status as related to tourism



Election to the TIANS Board of Directors 2020/2021

Deadline: April 3



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TIANS Office New Location: 
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Tourism's Economic Impact


  1. Revenues totaled $2.61 B in 2018

    $1.18+ B came from non-resident visitors

Generates $300 M in tax revenues annually

2.4 M visitors came to Nova Scotia in 2018

Tourism employs 40,000+ Nova Scotians

1 out of 3 Nova Scotians work in Tourism
as their first job