2014 Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Blog 5

The 2014 Tourism Summit concluded with a grand finale celebration; the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner.  We gathered at the Grand Ballroom at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax to showcase those individuals and businesses who are true leaders in tourism. Nine Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence were presented.

Also presented were the 2014 Pineapple Awards – a celebration of our Pride in Service and of the individuals who go above and beyond to enrich visitor experiences. Throughout the year, visitors to Nova Scotia complete Pineapple Awards ballots located in hundreds of establishments throughout the province.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. On behalf of the board and staff at TIANS and NSTHRC, we would like again to thank all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit a success!CrystalAwards ticket image

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Reception

Bob Sime, Master of Ceremonies

Bob Sime, Master of Ceremonies

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Mo Kenny Entertaining at the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

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Mr. Eldon George – Tourism Champion

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Wolfville Magic Winery Bus Tour – Tourism Innovator Award

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Organizing Committee, Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas– Community Service Award

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Ms. Wendy Swedlove – Human Resource Leadership Award

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Loretta Buchanan accepting for Mr. Donald Wallace – Alastair and Frances Campbell Tourism Achievement Award

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Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon – Ambassador Award

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NovaScotian Crystal – Tourism Business of the Year Award

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Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design – Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award

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Ms. Gail Montgomery – Golden Hospitality Award

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The Honourable J.J. Grant, CMM, ONS, CD (Ret’d), Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

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Pineapple Award Winner Glen Morrison, Hampton in by Hilton Cape Breton

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Pineapple Award Winner Liz Ingram-Chambers, Le Bistro by Liz Halifax

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Pineapple Award Winner Tish Moses, Yarmouth VIC

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Loretta Buchanan accepting for Mr. Donald Wallace – Alastair and Frances Campbell Tourism Achievement Award

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Organizing Committee, Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas– Community Service Award

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Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design – Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award

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Wolfville Magic Winery Bus Tour – Tourism Innovator Award

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Ms. Gail Montgomery – Golden Hospitality Award

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Mr. Eldon George – Tourism Champion

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Ms. Wendy Swedlove – Human Resource Leadership Award

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NovaScotian Crystal – Tourism Business of the Year Award

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Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon – Ambassador Award

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Kevin Davison Entertaining at the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner

Written By: Jennifer Falkenham 

2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Blog 4

The fourth photo blog in our 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia series focuses on day three; Tuesday, November 25th. Don’t forget that you can download copies of the Tourism Summit presentations on the conference website under the Sessions tab.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog for the photos from the Tuesday evening finale event; the Crystal Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner!

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TIANS Chair Glenn Squires introducing the Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Industry Breakfast Keynote Address : Honourable Diana Whalen, Deputy Premier to the Province of Nova Scotia – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker Session with Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Networking with Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Part of the TIANS team and Jose Cabrita

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Taste of Nova Scotia Educational Session – WTCC

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Educational Session – WTCC

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Darlene Grant Fiander, Penny Squires, Honourable Diana Whalen, Glenn Squires

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Networking – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Networking with the Honourable Diana Whalen – WTCC

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Networking with Mark Brand, Social Entrepreneur and Restaurateur – WTCC

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Silent Auction Bid Boards – WTCC

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Silent Auction Bid Boards – WTCC

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Ice Cream Social – WTCC

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Educational Session Panel Presentation with Q & A – WTCC

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Educational Session Panel Presentation with Q & A – WTCC

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Keynote Speaker: Honourable Monte Solberg – Casino Nova Scotia

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Keynote Speaker: Honourable Monte Solberg – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Winners – Casino Nova Scotia

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Charlotte Lane & Cora Beck, Server of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Lia Rinaoldo, Culinary Ambassadors of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Micheal Howell & Lia Rinaldo, Culinary Ambassadors of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Avondale Sky 2013, Bliss Consumer Product of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Avondale Sky 2013, Bliss Consumer Product of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Cora Beck, Charlotte Lane, Server of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Cora Beck, Charlotte Lane, Server of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Grand Pre Wines, Supplier of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Tideview Cider, Innovative Product of the Year – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Fleur De Sel, Restaurant of the Year, Chef Inspired Fine Dining – Casino Nova Scotia

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Ted Grant, NSCC, Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Brooklyn Warehouse, Restaurant of the Year, Chef Inspired Casual Dining – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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The Lobster Shack, Restaurant of the Year, Essence NS – Casino Nova Scotia

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The Lobster Shack, Restaurant of the Year, Essence NS – Casino Nova Scotia

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Janice Ruddock,Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

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Taste of Nova Scotia Prestige Award Luncheon – Casino Nova Scotia

Written By: Jennifer Falkenham

2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Blog 3

The third installment of our 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia photo blog series focuses on day two; Monday, November 24th, 2014. Copies of the Tourism Summit presentations can be found on the conference website under the Sessions tab.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog in the coming days for more photos from the event!

 

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Beginning of the Second Day of the TIANS Tourism Summit

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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Opening Musical Performance by The Stanfields

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TIANS Chair Introducing Keynote Speaker Presentation – Making Tourism Work – Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures

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Keynote Speaker Presentation – Making Tourism Work – Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures

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Keynote Speaker Presentation – Making Tourism Work – Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures

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Educational Session – WTCC

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Educational Session, Panel Presentation with Q & A – WTCC

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Registration Desk with Part of the TIANS Team and NSCC Student Volunteers- WTCC

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Nutrition Break – WTCC

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Part of the TIANS Team – WTCC

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Delegates – WTCC

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Lynn McDonagh Hughes, NSTHRC Manager Operations – WTCC

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Darlene Grant Fiander, TIANS President – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Delegates – WTCC

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Networking – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Minister’s Address, Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

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Questions from the floor at the Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Questions from the floor at the Nova Scotia Tourism 2015 Presentation – WTCC

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Donation for a draw to award a TIANS Tourism Summit Delegate a $5000 Marketing Package from Transcontinental Nova Scotia Media Group

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday Evening

Written By: Jennifer Falkenham

2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Blog 2

We are pleased to present the second 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia photo blog. This set of photos are from the Sunday, November 23rd, 2014 Welcome Reception and Marketplace that took place at Casino Nova Scotia, Halifax.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog in the coming days for more photos from the event!

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Written by: Jennifer Falkenham

2014 Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – Blog 1

On behalf of the board and staff at TIANS and NSTHRC, we would like to thank all of the attendees, speakers, and sponsors for making the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit a success! The energy during this years event was outstanding. It’s always a pleasure to host 600 tourism professionals from around the province and facilitate the industry’s immersion in the enterprise of tourism.

A picture speaks a thousand words. So this year, we will be showcasing the Tourism Summit through photo and video blogs.   This first Tourism Summit blog is comprised of personal photos taken throughout the three day event in Halifax from November 23-25, 2014.

We invite you to share your photos and videos of the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit on our facebook page or through our twitter handle. Stay tuned to the Voice of Tourism Blog in the coming weeks for more photos from the event!

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Reception Desk

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Student Session – Sunday

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New Member Meet & Greet – Sunday

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New Member Meet & Greet – Sunday

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New Member Meet & Greet – Sunday

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The Brood – Sunday Opening Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Gary Moore, Casino NS – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Scott MacAulay, Cape Breton Resorts – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception – Casino NS

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Vendor Marketplace – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception – Casino NS

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Silent Auction Table – Sunday Welcome Reception

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Sunday Welcome Reception — Casino NS

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WTCC – Monday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Monday

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC Monday

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Chairman’s Luncheon – WTCC Monday

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Communities in Bloom Draw

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WTCC Monday – Convening for Educational Sessions

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WTCC Monday – Conviening for Educational Sessions

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Opening Musical Performance – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Opening Musical Performance, The Stanfields – WTCC Monday

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Keynote Presentation “Making Tourism Work”, G Adventures, Bruce Poon Tip – WTCC Monday

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Keynote Presentation “Making Tourism Work” – WTCC Monday

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Minister’s Address Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism – WTCC Monday

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Minister’s Address Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism – WTCC Monday

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Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Session – WTCC Monday

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Ice Cream Social – WTCC Monday

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Ice Cream Social – WTCC Monday

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Educational Session

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Silent Auction Board – WTCC Monday

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Some of the Silent Action Items

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Educational Session

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Educational Session – Panel Presentation and Q & A

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Educational Session – Panel Presentation and Q & A

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Nutrition Break – WTCC

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Kitchen Party at Murphy’s the Cable Warf – Monday

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Industry Breakfast – WTCC Tuesday

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Honourable Dianan Whalen, Deputy Premier of NS – WTCC Tuesday Breakfast

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Honourable Dianan Whalen, Deputy Premier of NS – WTCC Tuesday Breakfast

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Keynote Presentation “The Impact of an Unconventional Solution”, Mark Brand – WTCC Tuesday

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Keynote Presentation “The Impact of an Unconventional Solution”, Mark Brand – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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First Year Student Volunteers – NSCC Campuses

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break – WTCC Tuesday

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Educational Session – WTCC Tuesday

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Nutrition Break

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Nutrition Break

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Nutrition Break

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Taste of NS, Luncheon and Prestige Awards – Casino NS Tuesday

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Mo Kenny performs during the Crystal Tourism awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Mo Kenny performs during the Crystal Tourism awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Dessert bar after the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

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Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence – WTCC Tuesday

 

Written by: Jennifer Falkenham

The Early Bird Catches the Worm – Don’t Miss a Chance to Save!

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There are only three days left to get the early bird rate on the most significant tourism event of the year! The 37th Annual TIANS Tourism Summit – Tourism Works for Nova Scotia – is happening on November 23-25, 2014 at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax. We, and sponsor member properties, look forward to hosting you during this three day working-vacation.

Nowhere else can you find an agenda like the one we provide. The combination of content, opportunities, and value for money make the TIANS Tourism Summit one of the most relevant investments you can make for yourself, your business, and the Nova Scotia tourism industry.

  • Attend the Summit to be re-energized through key note speakers and networking with your peers from all levels of the industry.
Keynote Speaker: Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures

Keynote Speaker 2014: Bruce Poon Tip of G Adventures

  • Choose educational sessions applicable to you and today’s business environment that will allow you to gather and share information in preparation for the coming season and beyond.

    John Beaton: Senior Manager Entrepreneurship  Development, C.E.E.D

    2014 Speaker: John Beaton: Senior Manager Entrepreneurship Development, C.E.E.D

  • Shop at the Marketplace to connect with suppliers and contacts that may bring value to your business.

    Tourism Summit - Business to Business Marketplace 2013 at Casino Nova Scotia

    Tourism Summit – Business to Business Marketplace 2013 at Casino Nova Scotia

  • Celebrate belonging to the best industry in Nova Scotia at the opening reception, kitchen party, and Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala dinner.

    Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence

    Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence

  • Get a jump on your Christmas shopping and support tourism scholarships by bidding on fantastic items at the Silent Auction.

    2013 Tourism Summit Silent Auction for Tourism Scholarships

    2013 Tourism Summit Silent Auction for Tourism Scholarships

  • Meet potential employees and employers from our Tourism student volunteers and delegates.

    Student Delegates at the Tourism Summit

    Student Delegates at the Tourism Summit

  • Participate in all of this while enjoying first-class food, beverages, and entertainment throughout!
2013 Tourism Summit, Smores Station

2013 Tourism Summit, Smores Station

What do your peers say about the TIANS Tourism Summit? Click here to read their feedback.

TIANS Tourism Summit Delegates

TIANS Tourism Summit Delegates

What has the experience been like in past years? Check it out here.

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Tourism Summit Past Performer Dave Gunning

TIANS believes a key to success is through partnerships and collaboration. We want you to be present to contribute your voice and ideas to the future success of our industry. And we make it easy and affordable to participate:

  • Register before October 31st, 2014 to take advantage of the early bird rate!
  • Bring your colleagues or people in your community and register at the group rate!
  • Are you a student looking to connect with important information and be introduced to the industry? Take advantage of the Student Rate package!
  • Join in the celebration of excellence at the Crystal Tourism Awards of Excellence Gala dinner!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to save! Register online at www.conferenceontourism.com or call us at (902) 423-4480 or (800) 948-4267.

TIANS Summit 2013

TIANS Summit 2013

Stay downtown close to the action happening during the Tourism Summit? There are two host hotels are offering Tourism Summit delegates special rates:

Register today! We look forward to hosting you at the 2014 TIANS Tourism Summit.

Keltie Butler, Executive Director Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia

2014 Speaker: Keltie Butler, Executive Director Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia

Written by: Jennifer Falkenham 

Tourism Champion Blog 10 – A Tale of Guysborough

Guysborough, Nova Scotia

Guysborough, Nova Scotia

It’s been said that true business success is attained only when you inspire people. Inspiration in business terms can come in many forms; influencing customers to choose your brand, infusing your employees with the belief in your business so they use their best selves to represent you, spurring those in your community to support you and be your biggest ambassadors, and exerting the passion within yourself in order to sustain and elevate your business vision. What is one of the biggest triggers for inspiration? Love. Today’s champion blog tells the story of how the love of Guysborough Nova Scotia sparked inspiration for one business owner.

The story surrounding the Authentic Seacoast and Mr. Glynn Williams is a remarkable one.  A visit to Guysborough  impacted Mr. Williams so much that he committed himself to the belief in Nova Scotia and set out to fulfill the potential he saw for the area.  With a focus on two of the original export industries, tourism and manufacturing, Mr. Williams has made tremendous strides in revitalizing Guysborough and inviting everyone to share in the treasures found there.  Mr. Williams continues to foster his businesses in Nova Scotia by recognizing the importance of investing in people and sustaining communities through improved business practices.  This is A Tale of Guysborough ; one man’s journey to help bring the history of the Guysborough area back to life.

Guysborough

Guysborough

A Tale of Guysborough

Written by: Doug Anweiler, Vice President, Marketing, Authentic Seacoast Company

Guysborough is the perfect setting for story telling. Continuously settled since the early 1600s, Guysborough is one of Canada’s oldest communities with epic battles on its harbour, an adventuresome seagoing past and a natural beauty that is unsurpassed.

People often say Guysborough is Nova Scotia’s best-kept secret. We say make it Nova Scotia’s best-told story. And with a commitment to make a difference in rural Nova Scotia, Glynn Williams has been doing just that over the past decade.

Like early explorers before him, Glynn discovered Guysborough cycling up the Nova Scotia seacoast nearly 30 years ago. That adventure led him to purchase a home in the area so he could get away from it all to pursue his passions for fishing, photography, hiking and music.

Guysborough

Guysborough

While Guysborough was the perfect oceanside retreat for a busy Bay Street executive, it was the story of this community that called out to him to be told. When a local microbrewery and pub sat vacant two years after a German businessman developed the property, he stepped up to tell the story of Atlantic Canada’s first commercial brewery.

Next door, the historic Hart Building on the Guysborough Waterfront was also for sale and Glynn stepped up to tell the story of a store where steam ships docked, bringing goods and people to the community. An historic inn also sat vacant and Glynn again stepped up to tell the story of the legendary DesBarres family.

He restored the second floor of the brewery and pub building and reopened it as the Rare Bird Pub & Eatery in 2003. Also that year, DesBarres Manor Inn reopened as an inn and restaurant following a million dollar renovation. The inn has gone on to receive six Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence, Nova Scotia’s Cuisine of the Year, the Canadian Wine Annual’s best places to eat & stay in Atlantic Canada and was on the Toronto Sun’s list of 9 of the most romantic hotels in Canada. The Hart store is now the Skipping Stone Cafe & Store renting sea kayak and canoes, once again being a welcoming door to the Guysborough harbour.

Sunset over Osprey Golf Resort

Sunset Over Osprey Golf Resort

A couple of years later, what was the Belmont Golf Course and Resort was in need of serious investment and Glynn again stepped up, injecting the capital necessary to keep the golf course running and rebranding the scenic course and accommodations as Osprey Shores Golf Resort. Together, these hospitality and tourism businesses emerged as the Authentic Seacoast.

But in a community that has seen its population in decline since 1921, more than hospitality and tourism is needed to bring about sustainable growth. There was a story to be told in the proud trading heritage that made the Guysborough harbour a bustling centre of shipping in the 1800s. To tell this story, Williams has created the Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company, Full Steam Coffee Co., Authentic Seacoast Distilling Co., Glanbùrn Artesian Water, Authentic Seacoast Soap and Harbour Belle Bakery, all with a focus on exporting quality Guysborough products to the world. These products serve as ambassadors for the Authentic Seacoast, a way for people to make a connection with the spirit of our magical place by the sea.

The Authentic Seacoast Brewing Company’s Rare Bird Craft Beer continues Guysborough’s proud brewing heritage begun in Guysborough in 1659 by the enterprising Acadian Nicholas Denys, the oldest commercial brewery in the Maritimes. These craft beers are sold across Nova Scotia with plans to export outside of the Province.

Rare Bird Craft Beer

Rare Bird Craft Beer

The Full Steam Coffee Co. roasts certified organic, fair trade coffees that are sold in Sobeys stores across Atlantic Canada along with other fine grocers, coffee shops and restaurants. The S.S. Malcolm Cann, the steamship that brought people and goods to the Hart Store on the Guysborough harbour, graces every bag.

The Authentic Seacoast Distilling Co. is building a distillery on the historic Osprey Shores Golf Resort peninsula with premium spirits to be sold in the NSLC in the not too distant future with distinctive brands that capture more of the history and spirit of this special place.

Likewise with Glanbùrn Artesian Water, Authentic Seacoast Soap and the Harbour Belle Bakery, each business is committed to quality products that connect people to our place, our history and our traditions.

The Authentic Seacoast is a story that wants to be told. With Glynn’s patience, vision and a dedicated team of people who share the dream, it’s a story that’s being heard.

Guysborough Waterfront at Night

Guysborough Waterfront at Night

Introduction written by : Jennifer Falkenham

Tourism Week 2014

TourismWeek_4col_highres_2014-07Happy Tourism Week everyone!

TIANS is proud to pay homage to Tourism Week 2014 in Canada and celebrations are in full swing. With four days left, there is still so much to see and do in honour of this important week across our nation.

We encourage all of our members to open their doors to their communities. Tourism Week is an opportunity to reinforce the economic importance tourism has in Nova Scotia. Tourism generates over $2 billion annually, creates thousands of jobs throughout Nova Scotia and generates over $225 million in tax revenue.

“The revenue generated by tourism helps governments support local infrastructure, healthcare and education,” says Glenn Squires, TIANS Chairman.

Are you looking for ways to celebrate? TIANS is encouraging Nova Scotians to celebrate Tourism Week with a road trip, or simply drop by one of the many tourism businesses in your community. Many regions are hosting their own open houses and events, including us!

Please join us tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, June 19th, at the TIANS office from 3pm-5pm for our Open House. Coffee, cake, and laughter is on the agenda. We are looking forward to spending time with you!

For a listing of events happening throughout the province, please visit tians.org or click here.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular event week updates.

Enjoy the Tourism Week 2014 festivities!

Written by: Jennifer Falkenham

 

Tourism Champion Blog 9 – The Ship Has Come In

There’s no denying that Nova Scotia has the best of everything that a world-class tourism destination can offer. How to get here to experience it however, has been a matter of contention. Our geography is a blessing because it gives us the natural beauty most people can only dream of, and the simple and slower paced seacoast lifestyle you can’t help but fall in love with.  The challenging thing about our geography has been to sustain both easy and affordable access for the world. This year, a new solution has been implemented for our neighbours to the South – the Nova Star.

The Nova Star

The Nova Star

TIANS continues to rally hard to raise the profile of Nova Scotia tourism and its economic impact on our communities. As such, we couldn’t be happier to share in the excitement this new transportation venture is bringing.  People from Yarmouth to the Cape Breton Highlands are ramping up, poised to make the most of the new ferry cruise service. The Nova Star will not only be bringing visitors to Nova Scotia, it will be bringing possibilities to people and business operators around the region.

Nova Star Dining

Nova Star Dining

In this blog post, Tourism Champion blogger Danny Morton, Director, Cruise Marketing & Business Development for Nova Star Cruises, delves into the questions surrounding, and prospects for the new ferry. He also touches on the most important aspect of what the Nova Star will be bringing to Nova Scotia – hope.

Nova Star Cabin

Nova Star Cabin

Nova Star wants TIANS members to know the product; feel the experience so you can help promote this exciting travel link to the United States. For the month of June, Nova Star Cruises is offering an exclusive tourism experience for TIANS members. Nova Star knows that “Seaing is Believing” so they are inviting you to be their guest on board. This month, tourism industry professionals are being offered a complimentary 22 hour round trip cruise for you and a companion. Click here for more details and to book your free round-trip passage on the Nova Star!

The Plane, The Plane!

Written by: Danny Morton, Director, Cruise Marketing & Business Development for Nova Star Cruises

If that was the old show fantasy island, Tattoo would have been announcing the arrival, ringing the bell, and readying all on the island for the arrival of the new guests.  The excitement and anticipation would have been shared equally by the guests and the hosts of the island for the week of adventures to come.

How ready are we for the new guests that the Nova Star is going to be bringing? Why are these guests any different from other guests who have been coming over the past few years? What do we think the Nova Star is going to do for the tourism industry in Nova Scotia? Why all the excitement?

I think more than anything, beyond the literal, the ship coming in brings hope.

The Nova Star

The Nova Star

There is hope that all those businesses and organizations who do not traditionally think of themselves as part of what is considered “tourism” will notice the positive effects those on the ship will have on the Nova Scotia economy. It would be great if all our visitors would be given a stamp upon arrival that says “paid for by visitor dollars”. Every dollar or credit card receipt given to a merchant would be stamped. The movie entrance fee, the snacks from the grocery store, the new bathing suit, the admission donation to the museum, the batteries from the drug store, etc. The effects are so far reaching.

There is hope that the industry will work as one when trying to ensure every guest has the best possible visit. So often in the past, when a guest asks for a recommendation or suggestion, we look inside to what will serve us or our company or direct community. How about we do the right thing and first make sure we understand what the guest would most enjoy and remember in a positive light. From there, make a suggestion whether it’s right there with you or 150 km away. Promote your neighbour if it’s the right product to fit the guests needs/desires. Your neighbour will promote you. That’s called a win, win, win.

The Nova Star

The Nova Star

There is hope that as new guests are welcomed to Nova Scotia, they will find and feel what makes this part of the world worth visiting again. We know it in our business; the best compliment is a return visit. How are we going to make sure that those leaving do so with full intentions of returning? There is more to see, more to do, more to feel that makes Nova Scotia like a favorite restaurant that you recommend to all and return to yourself.

There is hope that we will keep looking for ways to be the best that we can be and won’t become complacent. Always looking to freshen, always looking to improve; the whole issue of quality should not be taken lightly. We must understand that a fresh paint job, impeccable levels of cleanliness, accurate and efficient technical performance, comfortable cared for facilities are available to our guests world-wide. We must embrace the fact that a quality physical plant and service standards which are both professional and accountable are the minimum acceptable levels if we wish to compete in the global marketplace. It’s just not a question.

That’s what I hope for…how about you? Oh, I shouldn’t forget to mention, the difference between hope and reality is choice. I think that’s what Mr. Ivany was saying.

Nova Star

Nova Star

Introduction written by: Jennifer Falkenham

Change the Conversation – What Are Your Peers saying?

We all know one of the most significant challenges we face as a sector is the lack of recognition and importance tourism plays in the economy, in particular its role in rural Nova Scotia. TIANS has been working to develop a new communication strategy to help increase the dialogue around tourism in the province. This year, our focus has been to Change the Conversation.

TIANS launched a Call to Action in 2014 and, through the Narrative Toolkit and a series of interactive workshops across Nova Scotia, have provided a consistent message for how to speak to your stakeholders in a way that positions tourism as a key part of the economic solution for rural and urban economies. The Toolkit provides you with powerful messages for the right audience, messages that will resonate with other business owners in our community, government, media, customers, or neighbours.

So what are the messages your industry peers are sending to their stakeholders? We asked TIANS members, who were attendees at the Change the Conversation workshops, about the single important message they are relaying to community leaders about tourism in Nova Scotia. Here are their answers:

Canning Town Crier

Canning Town Crier

Name: Gary Long
Business:  Apple Blossom Festival, Kentville
Position: Town Crier for Berwick and Canning

“I’ve spent 30 years of travelling throughout the world as a town crier, and I feel that community leaders in Nova Scotia need to understand what a jewel Nova Scotia is. We are not just a tiny little shadow off the corner of the world; we are worth investing in and drawing people from around the world. We are a global destination and should act as such by promoting the unique assets that we have.”

Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce

Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce

Name: Loretta Buchanan
Business: Slumber Inn, New Minas & Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce
Position: General Manager & Member of the Board of Directors

“One of the most important factors about tourism is the employment aspect; the number of people we employ in our industry. A concern that the industry shares as we graduate on into the future is what available labour is there for us. Community leaders and all government officials need to understand that as we spend money abroad to attract visitors, some of those visitors will likely fall in love with Nova Scotia and decide to move here and build a life. That could address some of the labour shortage issues. So how and where we spend our money outside of Nova Scotia is important.”

View of Halifax Town Clock from Blue Diamond Tours

View of Halifax Town Clock from Blue Diamond Tours

Name: Bob Davidson
Business:  Blue Diamond Tours,  Halifax
Position: Owner/Operator

“Tourism is a huge industry for Nova Scotia. It deserves the same financial inputs as tire manufacturing and ship building. The biggest bugaboo I see is communities closing their public washrooms long before the tourism season has ended; on the same note – communities not opening again the public washrooms as the season starts. Our government needs to invest in highways and tourism facilities around the province as well.”

Village historique Acadien

Village historique Acadien

Name: Roger D’entremont
Business: Le Village historique acadien de la N-É, Lower West Pubnico
Position: Directeur general

“We are economic generators in our communities – provide jobs, purchase supplies and services, and attract other revenue generation to our communities. We are community resource centres and key partners in community activities and events. We are leaders in community development activities and initiatives. We are providers of quality work experiences, including for youth/students. Our staff volunteer in our communities, providing vital support to community service organizations and groups including fire departments, cultural organizations, boards of trade, health wellness and recreation groups, youth groups, seniors groups, etc. We should not be ignored.”

Super 8 Truro

Super 8 Truro

Name: Alana Hirtle
Business: Super 8 Truro, Truro
Position: General Manager

The single most important message that I would like business leaders in Nova Scotia to understand is that Tourism is a key factor, a major generator of economic activity in this province. Besides the obvious benefactors, i.e. hotels, restaurants, gas stations, etc, all Nova Scotians benefit from Tourism activity, as tax revenues derived directly from visitors help to pave our roads, build our schools and hospitals. The Change the Conversation sessions, along with the accompanying booklet, now give us specific talking points (backed up by hard data) with which we can begin having more meaningful discussions. Bravo TIANS!”

Mavillette Beach

Mavillette Beach

Name: Larry Peach
Business: Rendez-vous de la Baie & Municipalité de Clare
Position: 
Directeur / Manager & Directeur du tourisme / Tourism Director

“Tourism in NS is so important to the local economy, as it adds new dollars, creates sustainable environmentally-friendly jobs, and helps build community infrastructure. Before people decide to move to a new community, often they will have visited first as a tourist. We need to develop strategic innovative partnerships between the public and private sectors to achieve maximum success. As an aside, I added this post to my Facebook account with a few images, earlier today, following an awesome run on Mavillette Beach Saturday. I’ve been fortunate this past year to have run on the landing beaches of Normandy and on the warm sands in the Mayan Riviera, but nothing compares to the magic of running on my home beach, Mavillette Beach, Nova Scotia!”

Cabot Links Golf Resort

Cabot Links Golf Resort

Name: Andrew Alkenbrack
Business: Cabot Links, Inverness
Position: General Manager 

“On the heels of the Ivany report, we have a great opportunity to reimagine and reinvent ourselves here in Nova Scotia. There is a great deal of optimism, and I believe momentum, in the province surrounding Tourism today. With a new government, a surge of great ideas and many dedicated people all pushing towards the same goal, there has never been a better time to embrace Tourism in Nova Scotia. As a $2 billion dollar contributor to Nova Scotia, the tourism industry provides incredible benefits to all communities. As a $4 billion dollar industry, just imagine where we would be if we could continue to garner support and embrace this great industry as a positive vehicle for change.”

How about you? What message are you sending to leaders in your community about tourism in Nova Scotia? Leave your ideas in the comment section, or contact TIANS with your messages.

Join us for the next Change the Conversation workshop happening on May 22, 2014 at the TIANS Annual General Meeting at Pictou Lodge Beach Resort on May 22-23, 2014. Register for Change the Conversation or for the TIANS AGM by emailing Linda Jones at linda@tourism.ca or by calling (902) 423-4480.

We encourage everyone to review the Narrative Toolkit and start changing the conversation about tourism today!

Written by: Jennifer Falkenham