National Tourism Week

TW2013The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) proudly announces National Tourism Week – June 10-16, 2013.

Tourism Week in Canada is a national celebration highlighting the impact of Canada’s $71.5 billion tourism industry. In Nova Scotia, Tourism Week is an opportunity to reinforce the economic importance tourism has on our province.

Tourism is made up of thousands of small businesses in communities throughout Nova Scotia. “If we were one business in Nova Scotia, generating $2 billion in revenue and employing 40,000 Nova Scotians, tourism would be treated very differently as an economic generator,” says Scott MacAulay, TIANS Chairman. “Tourism has a significant impact on the quality of life for Nova Scotians and with tourism spending contributing $230 million in tax revenue, these dollars help government support and maintain essential services like health care and education,” says MacAulay.

Darlene Grant Fiander, President of TIANS adds, “Tourism has a significant impact on the cultural, social and environmental aspects of communities. Tourism plays a crucial role in rural economic development and in developing a sense of pride in our communities”. Over two million visitors came to Nova Scotia last year.

As part of Tourism Week, on Wednesday, June 12th, TIANS, the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency (NSTA) and many other industry stakeholders will be participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program. For many years, TIANS has been committed to cleaning a 2 kilometer section at the beginning of the entrance to Peggy’s Cove. The road leading to Peggy’s Cove is one of the most travelled by visitors and attracts over 500,000 people a year.

“Keeping the area around Peggy’s Cove clean and beautiful is the perfect way to kick off Tourism Week,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Graham Steele. “I’m proud of our team of NSTA workers for putting in this extra effort in time for the upcoming busy summer tourist season.”

TIANS is encouraging the general public to celebrate Tourism Week by exploring their local communities and enhancing their understanding of the important role that tourism plays for all Nova Scotians.  

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.

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Darlene Grant Fiander, President
Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 423-4480

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