The Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) and Tourism Nova Scotia (TNS) are co-leading the development of a tourism sector strategic plan that will inspire a broader approach to economic growth and quality of life in Nova Scotia. The plan will establish a new vision for tourism, taking into consideration the needs of businesses and organizations, Nova Scotians and their communities, and traveller preferences and expectations.
TOURISM SECTOR STRATEGIC PLAN
FOR NOVA SCOTIA
A FRAMEWORK FOR TOURISM GROWTH
Through engagement with industry, government, and community representatives, the strategic plan will be a framework everyone can use to guide their actions and investments in the coming years to build a strong and sustainable tourism industry. The plan will consider factors such as seasonality, product, people, quality, and the interconnectivity between tourism and the social, cultural, and economic health of the province.
The development of the strategic plan will be led by a project team made up of representatives from TIANS and TNS and guided by an Oversight Committee comprised of government and industry representatives. There will be broad engagement with the tourism industry and communities with multiple opportunities to provide input throughout the development process.
Development of Terms of Reference and Establishment of Oversight Committee
RFP Issued for Project Consultant
Onboarding of Project Consultant
Analysis of Current Industry Research
Individual Interviews with Industry Experts
MAY 30-31, 2023
Engagement Session at TIANS Annual General Meeting
JUNE 6-9, 2023
Tourism Sector Focus Groups (Virtual)
FALL 2023 – Winter 2024
In-person Regional Meetings
Announcement of Sector Strategic Plan
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Tourism businesses and organizations, as well as community members, will have the opportunity to provide input into the sector strategic plan in a variety of ways. Engagement will be conducted online and in person to offer many options to participate. They include:
Virtual focus groups were held with representatives from each sector within the tourism industry:
- Accommodations (hotels, resorts, cottages, B&B’s, campgrounds, etc.): Tuesday, June 6
- Food and Beverage (restaurants, fine dining, café’s, coffee shops, food trucks, pubs, bars, wineries, craft brewers, etc.): Tuesday, June 6
- Transportation and Travel Services (airports, air carriers, ferries, car rental, bus/coach, rail, tour operators, step-on guides, visitor information services, tourism organizations, etc.): Wednesday, June 7
- Government & Infrastructure (various municipal, provincial, and federal agencies and representatives): Wednesday, June 7
- Attractions, Outdoor Activities, Sport and Recreation (parks, boat tours, golfing, sport fishing, biking, hiking, trails, whale watching, etc.): Thursday, June 8
- Arts, Culture, Heritage and Events (museums, theatres, performing arts, galleries, festivals, events, cultural experiences and attractions, etc.): Thursday, June 8
The project team is working with local tourism organizations to organize in-person engagement sessions in the fall-winter. Registration details will be shared when available.
An online survey will provide an objective self-assessment to determine priorities and critically assess Nova Scotia as a destination. A link to the survey will be posted here when it launches.
YOU CAN ALSO SHARE YOUR INPUT THROUGH OUR ONLINE FEEDBACK FORM
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THE PROJECT TEAM
- Darlene Grant Fiander, President, TIANS
- Darlene MacDonald, Executive Director, TNS, a division of Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage (CCTH)
OTHER MEMBERS INCLUDE
- Tanice Mundle, Executive Assistant, TIANS
- Lisa Dahr, Director of Industry Relations and Professional Development, TIANS
- Anna Moran, Director of Research, Planning & Decision Support, TNS
- Afton Doubleday, Acting Director of Outreach and Engagement, TNS
In addition to the Project Team, a small Oversight Committee will work with TIANS and TNS to provide guidance for the development of the plan. This group provides feedback and direction to approach and development; reviews and provides feedback on the draft framework; and conducts ongoing consultation and check-ins as required.
- Joyce Carter, President and CEO, Halifax International Airport Authority
- Glenn Squires, CEO, Pacrim Hospitality Services
- Chuck Maillet, Vice President, ACOA
- Justin Huston, Deputy Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage and Chief Executive Officer, Office of L’nu Affairs