Province Moving Tourism Jobs to Windsor

first_imgThe province will establish the new Nova Scotia Tourism Agency in Windsor, fulfilling a commitment to move good jobs outside metro and support families and businesses in rural communities, Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, announced today, Sept. 6. “For years governments centralized jobs in the city while rural communities struggled. We are doing things differently,” said Mr. Paris. “Tourism plays a significant role in rural economies across the province. Residents depend on the industry for good jobs and the revenue generated to keep their communities strong. It just makes sense to set up this new agency where it will have a greater impact.” Establishing the agency outside of Halifax Regional Municipality will move 34 civil service jobs to the Windsor area by the end of September 2013. “This is a boost to our community and our local economy, and a great way to demonstrate that tourism is an industry important to Windsor, and every region across the province,” said Paul Beazley, Mayor of the Municipality of Windsor. The remaining 125 positions will remain with the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. The majority of these people already work in rural areas, at visitor information centres throughout the province. The province has committed to look for locations outside of Halifax for new and consolidated agencies and offices. This ensures provincial departments and agencies can serve all Nova Scotians in urban and rural areas. “Windsor is the right location for the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency,” said Mr. Paris. “The community is central to many tourism destinations and it is within commutable distance to many of our industry and government partners who are located in Halifax.” Last year, the province announced plans for the new Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, a collaboration between industry and government that will build a more innovative and globally competitive approach to tourism. The interim board of the agency, which has been in place since last September, has completed its mandate to create a permanent charter, recruit a CEO and help to develop a long-term strategy. “I am excited to work with the team and our partners to build our international reputation as a tourism leader and a must-visit destination,” said Patrick Sullivan, the CEO of the agency. “Through this new partnership with industry, we can be more flexible and able to respond to profitable opportunities as they arise to create economic benefit for all Nova Scotians.” Some functions of the former tourism division, including marketing, sales, partnerships, and development, will go to the new agency, while functions such as quality assurance and visitor information centres, will remain with the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Industry and government have been working in true collaboration to establish the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and set a long-term strategy that will help Nova Scotia reach its greatest potential,” said Tom Ruth, chair of the interim board of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. “The formation of the agency is a big step towards allowing Nova Scotia to become more competitive as a world-class destination.” “Tourism is a global industry and every day we are competing with new destinations,” said Darlene Grant Fiander, president of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia. “The tourism industry is anxious to see the new agency up and running. As government realigns its investment in the sector and brings renewed focus to economic growth, the NSTA represents a new era for tourism in the province.” The inaugural board of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more