What Does Tourism Mean to Rural Nova Scotia?
WHAT DOES TOURISM MEAN TO
RURAL NOVA SCOTA?
Tourism is a catalyst for economic development in many rural areas of Nova Scotia and is supplementing and replacing many resource based industries that have been decreasing over the years (fishing, mining, etc.).
Overall, tourism marketing and development makes Nova Scotia an attractive place to do business and therefore encourages economic development in other industries.
Sustainable Industry (future jobs) Good for the Environment
Tourism, if developed correctly, is a sustainable industry that is far more environmentally friendly than many other forms of industry. In many cases our natural resources are protected by the tourism industry.
Improves our Quality of Life
Tourism contributes to the quality of life of local residents by offering recreational opportunities and services that may not have otherwise existed.
Tourism generates increased tax revenue for our communities that can be used for local infrastructure, health care, schools etc.
New Business Development
Tourism attracts visitors to an area and, if a positive experience is had, persuades them to stay, retire, or to set up a new business.
Tourism is often what attracts new business that offer services associated with a higher quality of life.
Tourism development is the most important tool for saving downtowns everywhere. Ambience and attractions are key elements to luring visitors downtown, and to having them return again and again.
Jobs and Education
Tourism is a major contributor to student employment and both facilitates and encourages post secondary education within our community.
Community Pride and Morale
Tourism development often instills community pride, and maintains our heritage and culture.
Investment not an Expense
The return on the dollars spent on tourism is exceptional – bringing new dollars into the province, particularly export dollars – the answer for extra funding for hospitals and schools. The dollars from Tourism are new dollars and provide employment in rural communities.