Experience fall in Nova Scotia with the Fall Leaf Watch Program. The Leaf Watch program provides weekly updates on the changing fall foliage throughout the province from September to November. Check out www.novascotia.com for weekly fall foliage updates, or call the leaf line toll-free at 1-877-353-LEAF.
October in the Annapolis Valley is a month of food, fun and family events celebrating the harvest season. 2005 marked the first year for the Valley Pumpkin Fest. Plan to experience this unique blend of food and fun.
Gini Carroll has been contracted to represent Nova Scotia’s tourism industry as in the in-market Destination Manager for New England. You can reach Gini at 617-482-9571 or netzero.net
Every year since 1971, Nova Scotia has donated a giant evergreen tree to the people of Boston as a thank you for their assistance following the Halifax Explosion. This year’s tree lighting takes place December 1, at 6:30 pm, on the Boston Common.
Halifax was the only city in North America to suffer damage in the First World War when on December 6, 1917, the munitions ship Mont Blanc, and the relief ship Imo, collided in Halifax Harbour causing the largest man-made explosion prior to Hiroshima. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic on the Halifax waterfront has a permanent exhibit on the explosion. http://museum.gov.ns.ca/mma/.
Get your one ticket to 27 museums with the Nova Scotia Museum Pass Program which offers flexibility, convenience and savings to FIT clients. One-credit card sized pass provides access to 27 diverse provincial museums located across Nova Scotia. For more information, visit http://museum.gov.ns.ca/news/pass.htm
Exclusive service for group tours at Halifax Shopping Centre which includes providing a shopping guide to greet tours, a gift bag filled with goodies and offers from participating retailers for each passenger and convenient designated parking area for tour buses directly outside of the centre’s primary entrance. www.halifaxshoppingcentre.com
The 113-room Quality Inn & Suites Bayer’s Lake in Halifax has joined the Choice Hotels Canada system. The hotel features 113 rooms and suites and is located at 980 Parkland Drive.
The Quality Inn MicMac in Dartmouth has completed major renovations to its lounge and is also the new location for Rocco’s Italian Restaurant.
Quality Inn Sydney and the Econo Lodge in Port Hastings will be offering “Lobster Specials” for motorcoach tour guests in 2006.
Halifax International Airport has been extended the pre-clearance program by the United States - this enables travelers to be treated as domestic passengers on arrival in the US where they can enjoy shorter and easier connections to other US cities. The airport’s new pre-clearance facility will be completed in 2006.
Improved signage, a visitor information centre, free internet access, private crew lounge and the World’s Largest Fiddle greet cruise ship passengers arriving in the Port of Sydney. The newly designed facility is primarily a Cruise Pavilion, but also serves as a venue for events and conferences.
Air Transat/Globespan will begin a new service in May 2006 - Gatwick to Halifax. Stayed tuned for further details in the Winter 2006 Newsletter.
Atlantic Tours Gray Line, Ambassatours, Nova Tours and Absolute Charter have consolidated under one brand name... Ambassatours Gray Line. The company has moved their head office and garage to a new facility at 2631 King Street in Halifax. They have also added to their fleet which includes 27 deluxe motorcoaches and 5 completely refurbished London double decker buses. www.ambassatours.com
TayMac Tours Limited will be launching their new website enabling customers to design and purchase their own FIT tours for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island on line. Commissions paid to tour operators and travel agents. www.taymactours.com
Nova Scotia representative(s) will be attending these upcoming marketplaces / trade shows:
- National Tour Association Convention, November 4-8,2005, Detroit
- World Travel Market, December 14-17, 2005, London
- American Bus Association Marketplace, February 3-8, 2006, Nashville
Mark your calendar for Atlantic Canada Showcase 2006. The region’s premier travel trade marketplace will be held October 3-5, 2006 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.