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

Security Council unequivocally condemns terrorist strikes against US

By its resolution, the Council expressed its readiness to take all necessary steps to respond to the attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania – and any acts of terrorism – which it called “criminal and unjustifiable.” The Council called on all States to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors, stressing that anyone who aids, supports or harbours those people will be held accountable.Emphasizing that the attacks represented a threat to international peace and security, the Council called on the international community to redouble its efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts by increased cooperation and full implementation of the relevant anti-terrorist conventions and Security Council resolutions.The Council also expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims, their families and the people and Government of the United States.Prior to the adoption of the resolution, individual members of the Council took the floor to voice their outrage, condemning the attacks, urging that the perpetrators be brought to justice, and offering expressions of solidarity and sympathy to the US. In their statements, they echoed the views expressed at the outset of the meeting by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who described yesterday’s events as “an attack on humanity as a whole” and urged all nations to join forces in finding the perpetrators. US Ambassador James Cunningham said his country had suffered a cowardly and evil attack, “but America is not and will not be shaken in its resolve.””We will grieve and we will heal,” Ambassador Cunningham said. “We look to all those who stand for peace, justice and security in the world to stand together with the United States to win the war against terrorism.” He warned that the US would make no distinction between the terrorists and those who harboured them, pledging to bring those responsible to account.”Yesterday’s horrifying images burned now into the global memory serve as a constant reminder to all of the need to stamp out this scourge and of the need for determination and action to do so,” he said. read more

Uranium One posts thirdquarter loss as it writes down mine value revenues

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 5, 2012 8:43 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Uranium One Inc. (TSX:UUU) dropped to a loss in the third quarter as the miner booked a $79.1 million writedown related to the value of its shuttered South Zarechnoye uranium deposit.The Toronto-based uranium miner also said Monday that uranium prices fell throughout the third-quarter and into the start of the current three-month period.The company booked a quarterly loss of $61.6 million, or six cents per share, compared to a profit of $45.8 million, or five cents per share, a year earlier.On an adjusted basis, earnings were $7.6 million or a penny per share, compared to adjusted net earnings of $46.4 million or five cents per share in the same period the previous year.Revenues slipped to $142.6 million from $157.7 million.The company said the decision to shutter the South Zarechnoye project, located in southern Kazakhstan, came after uranium sales were hard hit following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year that crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant.“It would not be economical to mine the South Zarechnoye deposit due to the decrease in uranium prices since the Fukushima incident, together with a decrease in the (project’s) resource base resulting from recent exploration results and the completion of an economic assessment,” the company said in a release.Production was 23 per cent higher at 3.1 million pounds in the third quarter while sales volumes grew eight per cent. However, the average realized sales price fell to $49 per pound from $51 per pound in the third quarter of 2011.Uranium One said prices have been falling in recent months, going below the $50 per pound mark in the third quarter to a range of $46.50 to $49.50 per pound, due to higher supply levels.The company said those prices slid even further in the early part of the fourth quarter, with prices currently at about $41.“Fundamentals for the medium and long term, however, remain positive, especially following the announced deferrals of a number of large, high profile uranium mining projects,” the company said.Uranium One is holding its production guidance for the year at 11.6 million pounds, while production for next year is expected to be 12.5 million pounds. Uranium One posts third-quarter loss as it writes down mine value revenues drops read more