Tourism Industry a Leader Oped

first_imgTourism is important to Nova Scotia, helping to create good jobs that grow our economy. It employs over 31,000 people and generates revenues of $1.8 billion. Nova Scotia welcomes more than 2 million visitors every year and is the leading tourism destination in Atlantic Canada. For the first seven months of 2010 we are already running three per cent ahead of the pace set in 2009, with the busy fall months still ahead. The tourism industry is a leader. We focus on strategic thinking, practicing innovation and offering the broadest range of high quality experiences in the region. We continue to evolve to match visitor needs and expectations. Our success starts with having a plan: a well-conceived strategy for marketing and product development using leading edge tools and technology at every level. Worldwide, potential visitors are turning to the internet to research and plan their trips. Nova Scotia is a leader in responding to their needs with innovative applications. In April, we redesigned novascotia.com to launch the successful Heroes advertising campaign, incorporating video, photos, blogs, operator listings, and travel deals. Since then, the website has seen a 14 per cent increase in visits. Jim Brody, director of international sales for industry leading website TripAdvisor.com raved: “Nova Scotia’s new website really raises the bar.” Over 25 million people in North America have a family connection to our province. To attract these potential visitors, we have developed Routes to Your Roots, an interactive online tool that helps people trace their history back to Nova Scotia. The application includes a travel planner and mapping function, which allows visitors to plan a trip around their family history. Nova Scotia is proud to play host to the world’s first culinary tourism summit. Visitors craving food and wine adventures are making their way to Nova Scotia and we’ve made it fast and easy for them to do it. They can discover the best of our food, wine and culture with the Adventures in Taste iPhone application. They are exploring the province by region, mapping out their visit, and booking exciting culinary travel packages in the palm of their hand. We continue to attract high-impact international coverage that promotes Nova Scotia as an ideal travel destination. In August, Good Morning America’s Weekend Window aired a segment on Cape Breton, and raved about the island’s natural beauty and scenic drives. Our marketing activities promote Nova Scotia in key markets throughout the year as part of the $7.5 million we spend on direct-to-consumer advertising. England is a key growth market because its visitors spend more per person when they travel to Nova Scotia. Award-winning musician, Joel Plaskett, performed for travel media and was a guest this summer at the iconic Abbey Road Studio in London and toured with the Jools Holland outdoor concert series to reach thousands of potential visitors. We are also taking advantage of unique opportunities and reaching markets around the globe. The makers of the Japanese-produced movie Hanamizuki are promoting their Nova Scotia experience from the film shoot; members of the cast have widely praised the beauty of Nova Scotia in the Japanese media. Japan’s broadcasters, NHK and IVS are working with the department to produce travel documentaries about Nova Scotia. The province is also in discussion with top travel show, Niji Iro Jean. The Bay of Fundy is nominated as one of 28 finalists for the international New7Wonders of Nature campaign. This is an incredible opportunity to generate greater awareness of this tremendous natural attraction and highlight Nova Scotia’s appeal. We are working with local groups, New Brunswick and our national partners to maximize voting and recognize the Bay of Fundy as an international wonder of nature. Nova Scotians can play a part by going to votemyfundy.com and casting their vote. Nova Scotia also works with its regional partners through the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership. The partnership uses innovative tactics that raise the visibility of our entire region through a focus on important markets, such as the mid-Atlantic United States. Above all, the focus continues to be our visitors and providing them with a range of experiences and services that distinguish Nova Scotia as a premier travel destination. Nova Scotia offers visitors an unparalleled mix of signature experiences, spectacular natural beauty and world-renowned culture and heritage. Together, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage and our industry partners are genuine leaders and make Nova Scotia a leading destination for visitors. -30-last_img read more

India team selection for WI tour postponed due to new CoA diktat

first_imgNew Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Thursday decided to change the age-old rule of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary convening the selection committee meeting of the Indian team by handing the responsibility to the chief selector — currently MSK Prasad. And that has seen the selection meeting to pick the team for the West Indies tour get postponed to Sunday. Sources in the know of developments said that the directive of the CoA has led to a complete change of plan and that had led to a delay in the process. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”The change in the rule announced by the CoA means that the Secretary will not convene the meeting and that is behind the delay as that has leads to some complexities which need to be addressed,” the source explained. The CoA has decided that neither any officer bearer nor the CEO shall attend any Cricket Committee meetings henceforth. In fact, as of now, the Selection Committee had to keep the Secretary in the loop for any replacement sought or for posting of selectors to watch any game. The CoA has made it clear that the Selection Committee doesn’t need to do so anymore. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery”The Committee of Administrators have been informed that the practice of the Secretary convening and attending Selection Committee meetings has continued even after the new BCCI constitution has become effective. Further, it is learnt that the Selection Committees continue to address emails to Secretary to seek his approval in relation to any change or replacement in the team(s). “Similarly, the Selection Committees continue to address e-mails to the Secretary seeking his approval on travel arrangements and posting for selectors to watch and attend cricket matches. The Selection Committee does not need any approval either from the Secretary or the CEO in relation to any selection made or change or replacement in the team,” the CoA declared. A senior BCCI official asked if the CoA wasn’t aware of the constitution till now and if it took them a year to realise the rules and regulations of the constitution that was registered by the committee itself. “The new Constitution of the BCCI has been mandated by the Supreme Court and in that regard it is correct that it must be followed. Why did it dawn on the CoA now after nearly about a year since it was registered? What triggered this awakening? Do they not know what is happening in the Board,” the official enquired. The official went on to add that if the constitution was indeed being followed, then the office bearers should also be allowed to work as per the new rules and regulations. “Do they also plan to allow the office bearers to work as per the new constitution or do they only wish to restrict? As per the new constitution, the office bearers are ex-officio members of the Apex Council and if the CoA think of themselves as the Apex Council, then in that role the office bearers who are also in a manner, court appointed, must also be part of the meetings with their votes on these issues. “It is clear that the office bearers are not being allowed to function even as per the new constitution. So, it is basically the adoption of an arbitrary pick and choose policy by the CoA,” he rued.last_img read more

Israel has rendered Mitchell committee report ineffective UN committee told

Ambassador Ibra Deguène Ka of Senegal told the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People that in theory, both sides had accepted the report, which was produced by a panel headed by former United States Senator George Mitchell. However, the Chairman added, the Government of Israel had rendered the report ineffective in practice, through its insistence on a piecemeal implementation of the recommendations.The occupying Power, he said, continued to use excessive force, carry out extrajudicial killings of Palestinian activists, and pursue its economic blockade. The occupying Power also refused to freeze settlement expansion and, in general, proceeded with its illegal policies in contravention of UN resolutions and other international legal instruments, he added.The Chairman stressed that international pressure must be intensified – and international monitoring of the Mitchell report continued – if the parties were ever to disentangle themselves from the current spiral of violence and resume confidence-building measures and meaningful negotiations.The 25-member Committee was originally established in 1975 to consider and recommend to the General Assembly a programme of implementation designed to enable the Palestinian people to exercise their rights. Its mandate has since been enlarged to include the convening of expert seminars and non-governmental organization meetings in all regions, with broad participation from members of the international community. read more

Insurance tips for Calgarians impacted by electrical fire

by News Staff Posted Oct 14, 2014 5:53 pm MDT The weekend fire has left 2,100 businesses without power and it could be a few more days before the electricity is restored, so you may have questions about what’s covered by your insurance.Heather Mack with the Insurance Bureau of Canada tells 660News, she recommends you call your company to find out exactly “what” type of insurance coverage you have.“The first thing we’d recommend is to call your insurance representative just to find out what type of coverage you have, because we’ll be looking at sort of two different fronts on this one,” said Mack. “One could be an issue of food spoilage or any damage that resulted to your property from a power outage, and then the other is, if there is a mandatory evacuation or the city says you can’t enter your building, then you may have coverage for temporary living expenses.”Macks adds restaurant owners may also have coverage for business interruption or loss of inventory.If you have more questions, you can call the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s Alberta Consumer Information Centre at 1-800-377-6378 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Insurance tips for Calgarians impacted by electrical fire AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more