U.S. Marine Link Important for Nova Scotia's Economy

(March 24, 2016) – TIANS is pleased that ferry service has been confirmed from Nova Scotia to the United States with a secured ship operated by Bay Ferries Limited. “This marine link is a critical part of our ability to ensure ease of access into the Province from our most important market,” says Glenn Squires, Chairman of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS). 

“This is welcome news for Nova Scotia’s tourism industry,” says Squires, “the announcement provides the confidence for visitors and tour operators that we will be open for business.” 
“TIANS believes that there is tremendous potential to build business with a direct ferry link to the United States, however, the Province will need to ensure there is an integrated marketing plan to leverage Nova Scotia’s investment in the service that will build new business into the province and extend the traditional season,” says Squires. 
TIANS is pleased that the Provincial Government is working with an experienced and quality operator and are confident that with a strategic business approach over the next few years we will realize significant results. 
“The ferry link is vitally important to Nova Scotia’s economy and should quickly demonstrate a solid return on investment with the appropriate metrics in place. This has the potential to be a significant economic generator for the entire province and TIANS will continue to advocate for a Nova Scotia first approach,” says Darlene Grant Fiander, TIANS President. 
TIANS has not been provided any specific details around the operating deal and awaits detailed information that can be shared with the tourism industry. 
Working with partner associations and stakeholders, TIANS is committed to representing the best interests of the Industry, enhancing and supporting the development of a competitive business environment, advocating on issues critical to the industry's success, and most importantly, leading Nova Scotia's most promising economic sector. 
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For more information contact: 
Ms. Darlene Grant Fiander, President Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia 
2089 Maitland Street, Halifax, NS 
Phone: (902) 423-4480 
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