It is indeed a charmed life in Nova Scotia. I could write endlessly about the affinity I have for this province and the people who choose to live and work here in the tourism industry. Since it’s the season for caring and sharing, I thought I would give the gift of sharing some of the good energy I am lucky to be a part of.
In my role as Membership Coordinator at TIANS, I get to connect with people from every area of this province who continually invigorate me through their creativity, innovation, passion, and storytelling. This time of year is the annual TIANS Tourism Summit; I returned from maternity leave weeks before this grand event so you can imagine my excitement at being able to dive back into my work from a spring-board of electrifying tourism professionals and knowledge sharing. During the Summit I picked the brains of some of the delegates and am pleased to bring their thoughts to you, in their own words.
The delegates were all asked the same two questions:
1. What is tourism to you?
2. Why are you attending the TIANS Tourism Summit?
Without further ado, I present to you their answers.
Name: Shawn Dunlop
Business: Dunlop Inn Inc.
Location: Baddeck, Cape Breton
“Tourism is a lifestyle and a way to make a living. I can keep myself employed and employ other people from my community.”
“Coming to the TIANS Tourism Summit is the best investment I make all year! This is my 20th year participating and there’s always value to attending. It’s where I can load up on information, find out what’s going on now and for the upcoming season, and to promote my business.”
Name: David Beattie
Business: The Gillespie House Inn
“I see myself as a tourist, and not as a business owner. Tourism to me is new places, new people, new food, and new experiences.”
“I come to the Summit to network and meet people. Participation in industry events, leads to more participation from the industry in terms of my business throughout the year.”
Name: Bruce Bishop
Business: Bruce Bishop Communications Ltd.
“Tourism is educating myself about the world. It’s about learning. As a travel writer for 13 years, I’ve learned so much about the world and especially about our country and province and why we are the best in the world.”
“I come to see and meet people I may not get to otherwise, and to learn from and with them. To gather new ideas and see what other operators in the province are doing. I also attend the Tourism Summit because I am very proud of this province and I want to spread the word about my corner of it; Yarmouth and Acadian Shores.”
Name: Larry and Ann MacCormack
Business: Tulips & Thistle Bed & Breakfast, and NSBBA (Nova Scotia Bed & Breakfast Association) President and Trail Director
“Tourism to us is a lifestyle choice. It’s all about love; love for what you do, love for this province, and love to make other people happy.”
“We attend the Summit to recharge and re-energize after the peak season. It helps us to not lose sight of our part of the bigger tourism picture in NS.”
Name: Krista Clarke
Business: Hampton Inn by Hilton
Location: Membertou, Cape Breton
“Tourism to me is a total experience. Highlighting the uniqueness of our property and surrounding area in order to give the guest lasting memories and make them want to return.”
“I’m new to the industry and this is my first time at the Tourism Summit. I’ve come to gain knowledge and expertise; to hear the guest speakers, connect with people, and partake in some hospitality myself.”
Name: Anne McDonah
Business: NSCC Teacher, Pictou Campus and The Belgravia Bed & Breakfast
Location: Pictou and Truro
“Tourism to me is about people. It’s a lifestyle, and it’s about humility; you can’t be afraid to do what you have to do in order to serve people to the best of your ability.”
“I attend the conference because it’s a great way to connect with the people in the Nova Scotia tourism industry. There’s such a great energy when we come together, and it’s fun!”
Name: Angela Doiron
Business: Lahave River Campground, and COANS (Campground Owners Association of Nova Scotia) Vice President
Location: Newburne, Lunenburg County
“Tourism to us is touring, travel, vacation, relaxation, culture, and food.”
“This is our first year attending the TIANS Summit. We’re here to get information, meet people in the industry, and partake in some free drinks, food and goodies. I’ve even connected with someone from High School I hadn’t seen in over 27 years!”
Name: Ruth Mailloux
Business: Suncatcher Bed & Breakfast
“Tourism is hospitality. It’s about bringing in revenue and being able to making a living doing something you’re passionate about.”
“I come to the conference to connect with people and learn new things. I deserve it; it’s a present I give to myself for a job well done during the season.”
Name: Ralf Pickart
Business: QVisto Inc. – Nova Scotia Webcams
“Tourism to me is an opportunity to work.”
“I attend the Summit for the business to business relationships and make contacts to build relationships on.”
Name: Wes Surrett
Business: Pictou Lodge Beach Resort
“To me, Tourism is the act of experiencing a people’s culture and place. Whether that be down the road experiencing your neighbour’s home, food, and family traditions or visiting the other side of the world.”
“I attended the TIANS conference to: firstly reconnect with friends and network with other industry colleagues, to see the provincial direction on marketing directives so that our marketing materials may be in sync with provincial direction, to attend mini-sessions and absorb any useful operating information, and to be re-energized, motivated, and inspired.”
Names: Autumn and McKenzie
Business: First Year NSCC Students at Akerely Campus, and Tourism Summit Volunteers
Autumn – “Tourism to me is fun. It’s the experiences you have while travelling.”
McKenzie – “Tourism is great customer service, making people happy.”
When asked why they are attending the Tourism Summit they collectively answered – “To meet people, maybe our future bosses!”
I couldn’t have said it better myself!
We’d like to extend a special thank you to our partners and encourage everyone to visit the 2013 Tourism Summit website http://www.conferenceontourism.com to view the presentations that have been posted.
As a final thought, let me ask you the reader:
1. What is tourism to you?
2. Why did you attend the 2013 TIANS Tourism Summit?
We look forward to seeing your answers in the comment box below.
Written by: Jennifer Falkenham