Premier Stephen McNeil is leading a delegation to Europe on a seven-day mission, beginning Friday, May 29, to promote Nova Scotia as a great place to do business and to visit.
“My objective is to support Nova Scotia businesses and institutions as they pursue new commercial and partnership opportunities,” said Premier McNeil.
“I will also meet with businesses who have existing activities in Nova Scotia.
“These companies have made a commitment to Nova Scotia and I want to show them that Nova Scotia is committed to them.”
The mission includes stops in Glasgow, London and Germany with nearly 30 meetings, roundtables and speaking events with businesses, organizations, academic leaders and officials from other governments.
Government is establishing a temporary office and public venue in Glasgow and London called Nova Scotia House as part of the mission. The venue promotes the business, trade, energy and transportation sectors as well as showcases the province as a tourism destination.
Premier McNeil and the delegation fly to Glasgow on WestJet’s inaugural Halifax-Glasgow flight as part of the official launch of the service. While in Glasgow, Tourism Nova Scotia and VisitScotland will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Under the MOU the two organizations agree to collaborate to share and improve knowledge and developmental processes for tourism and tourist destinations on topics ranging from research to quality development and visitor servicing.
“This memorandum provides a framework for discussion, communication and the exchange of best practices that will benefit both organizations,” said Premier McNeil. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”
“VisitScotland is delighted to be working with Tourism Nova Scotia to exchange knowledge and best practice on areas where we believe we can learn from one another,” said VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay. “Best practice exchange of this nature is vital if we are to continue to develop our tourism offering and we look forward to inspiring and being inspired by our partners in Nova Scotia.”