The 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.
by Geir Moulson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 12, 2017 3:10 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2016 file photo shipping containers are stacked on a ship in the port in Hamburg, Germany. Official data show that the German economy, Europe’s biggest, grew by 1.9 percent last year. The figure released Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 by the Federal Statistical Office was slightly better than Germany’s performance in the previous two years, and also a bit above the 1.8 percent growth that the government and economists had forecast. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file) BERLIN – Germany’s economy accelerated slightly last year to grow by 1.9 per cent, narrowly beating expectations thanks largely to household and government spending, official data showed Thursday.The figure released by the Federal Statistical Office was slightly better than Germany’s performance in the previous two years, and also a bit above the 1.8 per cent growth that the government and economists had forecast. Gross domestic product increased by 1.7 per cent in 2015 and 1.6 per cent in 2014.The statistical office offered a rough estimate that the economy grew by about half a per cent in the fourth quarter compared with the previous three-month period. However, an official fourth-quarter figure won’t be released until next month, and statisticians warned that the estimate should be treated with caution.Domestic spending once again powered the economy, which is traditionally export-heavy, to stronger growth.Household spending was up 2 per cent last year and government consumption spending 4.2 per cent, the latter partly a result of spending to deal with the previous year’s large influx of asylum-seekers. Investment in construction was up 3.1 per cent and spending on equipment such as machinery and vehicles rose 1.7 per cent.Foreign trade had a slightly negative impact on GDP as a 3.4 per cent rise in imports outpaced a 2.5 per cent increase in exports.Germany has now enjoyed seven consecutive years of economic growth, a contrast with weak performances in many other European countries. That has translated into healthy government finances.The country had a 19.2 billion-euro ($20.2 billion) budget surplus last year, or 0.6 per cent of GDP. That was the third consecutive annual fiscal surplus, down slightly from the previous year’s 0.7 per cent.Of the 18 other eurozone countries, only Estonia and Luxembourg are expected to have produced a surplus last year, statistical office head Dieter Sarreither said.“Despite the stock market crash in China, Brexit, Turkey, Trump and Italy, the economy performed its best growth year since 2011,” said ING-DiBa economist Carsten Brzeski. “Strong domestic demand has shielded the German economy against most external risks.”He argued that the biggest risk is complacency, and that Germany urgently needs structural reforms along with stronger investment — but “it is very unlikely that it will get any of these before the elections” expected in September. German economy accelerated in 2016 thanks to higher spending