Leadership 

2017 Election Responses

In an effort to ensure tourism is part of Election 2017, TIANS had asked all political parties to complete the Tourism Matters Questionnaire.

TIANS is pleased to advise that all Parties have submitted responses to our questions. To view election responses, please click here.

Natural Resources Strategy

In October 2016, TIANS wrote to the Honourable Stephen McNeil, regarding the 2011 Natural Resources Strategy, "The Path We Share." Read More

Best Practice Mission Report: Gros Morne, Newfoundland

TIANS and the Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council (NSTHRC), in partnership with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency - Nova Scotia (ACOA - NS), facilitated a Best Practice Mission to Gros Morne, Newfoundland from October 17-20, 2017. Read Report

Repositioning Tourism in the Nova Scotia Economy

TIANS is confident that the Tourism Industry can increase its contribution to the provincial economy and become Nova Scotia's #1 service export. Reaching $4 Billion in annual revenue throughout all of Nova Scotia's communities will have a huge impact.  To view TIANS document Repositioning Tourism in the Nova Scotia Economy in response to the Now or Never Report, please click here.

2017 Election Preparation Campaign

TIANS is preparing questions and materials to help industry ask local candidates about tourism related issues. A summary of party platforms specific to tourism matters will be posted here once received. Watch this space for updates.

The Sharing Economy - Review of the NS Tourism Accommodations Regulatory Framework

In 2016, in partnership with Tourism Nova Scotia, TIANS oversaw research to review the current status of the regulatory environment of the accommodation sector as well as the growing unregulated tourism product. Many key stakeholders were involved in consultations and the recommendations from industry identified the need for smart regulation to protect the tourism economy.   TIANS continues to support the need for a level playing field for all businesses and modernization of industry regulations as they relate to this issue.

TIANS leads the industry through work and leadership on a number of National and Provincial Boards, Committees and Working Groups

Please find a current list of these groups here.

Provincial Levy Working Group

Over the past number of years, various regions of NS have implemented or have been in discussions to implement a room levy as a way to generate marketing revenue. During 2015 and 2016, TIANS led an industry working group to discuss the best approach for Nova Scotia and whether a broad industry position on this issue could be developed. These discussions formed the current position which follows below, "Marketing Levies - TIANS Position 2016-2017."    

Marketing Levies - TIANS Position 2016-2017 

Since TIANS revised their position on Levies in 2013, there have been additional levies implemented and more being contemplated. TIANS believes a coordinated approach on this issue would ensure the dollars raised are leveraged in the most beneficial way to build new tourism receipts into the Province. Read More

Signage

TIANS continues to actively correspond with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, seeking action on the issues related to signage in the province of Nova Scotia. The most successful tourism destinations understand that the destination infrastructure includes signage and must be done in a strategic and deliberate way for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. Read More

Provincial Visitor Information Centres

TIANS took an active role in support of Nova Scotia’s provincial Visitor Information Centres and suggested that the proposed abrupt closure of the centres in 2016 was contrary to a robust growth agenda. TIANS is advocating for a more comprehensive approach regarding visitor services in the province.  With the announcement in February 2016 that the centres will remain open, TIANS continues to push for a more strategic approach to improve visitor servicing throughout the Province. 

Provincial Resorts

TIANS believes the Provincial Resorts are an important part of the rural infrastructure for the province.  TIANS has expressed concern regarding positioning by TNS of the resorts as having little value. TIANS believes that with the right operating model and private sector partner, Digby Pines and Liscombe Lodge could once again be iconic draws for visitors.  The current requirement for possible sale does not require a new owner to operate the resorts – this is extremely concerning to operators all over the Province, in particular, the immediate regions impacted.  TIANS continues to communicate with TNS and Minister Furey to champion the seeking information around current economic impact of the resorts. 

Annual Tourism Summit

View available presentations from the 2016 Tourism Summit – Invest in Tourism.

Emerging Leaders Council

TIANS has developed the Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) to strengthen the tourism industry’s voice and build industry engagement. The ELC provides Industry leaders with an opportunity to develop their skills and engage the tourism industry thus enhancing the capacity and diversity of TIANS leadership. Read more

Tourism Identified as a Solution for Nova Scotia's Economy

The Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy released their final report “Now or Never” that has recommended a renewed focus on tourism with a doubling of revenue over the next decade. Read More

Red Tape Reduction – Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

TIANS is working in partnership with Service Nova Scotia & Municipal Relations (SNSMR) to advance a provincial government initiative focused on streamlining the processes required to start and operate restaurant and accommodations businesses in NS. This project provides an opportunity to help influence some of the current challenges in opening and operating a tourism business from a regulatory perspective (particularly licensing, permits etc.). For additional information, or to offer your insight, please contact Lisa Dahr at the TIANS office at 902-422-5249 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tourism's Role in Rural Nova Scotia

TIANS Board met with members from the Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy in New Glasgow, to talk about tourism’s role in rural Nova Scotia. In preparation for the meeting, TIANS commissioned Dr. Nancy Chesworth of Mount Saint Vincent University to develop a position paper on Rural Tourism. To view the position Paper click here. To view TIANS Recommendations to the Commission click here. To view our presentation, click here.