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May 29, 2024

For Immediate Distribution

Halifax, NS (May 27th) – On May 27th the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) hosted over 120 member businesses from across Nova Scotia for their Annual General Meeting at White Point Beach Resort.

The agenda included updates on key issues including air access into Nova Scotia, as well as a progress report on the development of a new Tourism Sector Strategic Plan, being co-led by TIANS and Tourism Nova Scotia. “This new model for tourism will provide a wholistic framework around the visitor economy,” says Kevin Toth, TIANS Chairman Elect. “We are charting a new course and that will require all of us; business operators, government leaders, policy makers, to embrace change and do things differently to advance a new economic framework for tourism”.

“Tourism is incredibly important to the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the province,” says Darlene Grant Fiander, TIANS President. “In 2023, tourism revenues exceeded $3 Billion, generating significant tax revenues for governments and employing 50,000 Nova Scotians”.

During the 2024 Annual General Meeting, the membership elected a new Board of Directors with Industry leaders representing all sectors and geographic regions of the province.

2024/2025 Board of Directors

  • Kevin Toth, President, Fox Harb’r Resort – TIANS Chairman Elect
  • Wes Surrett, Northern Region Manager, Ignite Atlantic – TIANS Past Chair
  • Marie Manning, Vice President and CCO, HIAA – TIANS Sr. Vice Chair
  • John Simon, President, Canadvac Travel Services/Hygge Travel – TIANS Secretary/Treasurer
  • Beatrice Stutz, CEO Grand Pré Ltd. – NSTHRC Chair
  • Shauna Austin, Owner, The Clairestone Inn
  • Kelly Deveaux, Parks Canada Superintendent, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Pamela Wallace, Owner, Trout Point Lodge
  • Leslie Wilson, President and General Manager, Ski Wentworth
  • Wayne Carter, Cultural Consultant
  • Sean Doucet, General Manager, The Hollis/Halifax Regional Director, Manga Hotels
  • Jaison Sandhu, Owner Operator, Slumber Inn, Best Western Glengarry Truro & Best Western Liverpool

TIANS is the voice of tourism, representing its members and industry at large. 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.


For more information:
Lisa Dahr, Director, Industry Relations & Professional Development
6589 Chebucto Road, Halifax, NS B3K 2Z8 T: 902.880.4088 E: [email protected]