New tourism ideas be­ing sought

Ig­nite Tourism Startup Week­end event be­ing held on Jan. 26

Tri-County Vanguard - - News - TRICOUNTY VANGUARD

Yar­mouth & Aca­dian Shores is pleased to be part­ner­ing with Ig­nite Labs on an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for aspir­ing and ex­ist­ing tourism op­er­a­tors.

The Ig­nite Tourism Startup Week­end event will be held on Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dur­ing the day there will be guest speak­ers from Tourism Nova Sco­tia and The Nova Sco­tia Tourism In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion. Pre­sen­ta­tions will in­clude new in­for­ma­tion on trend­ing tourism ex­pe­ri­ences, growth op­por­tu­ni­ties and em­ploy­ment in the in­dus­try

A tourism prod­uct pitch com­pe­ti­tion will also take place in the af­ter­noon, where op­er­a­tors and en­trepreneurs are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate for a chance to win a cash prize to help en­hance or start-up their tourism­based busi­ness.

“The team at Ig­nite is in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to help in­spire and de­velop new tourism start-ups. The tourism in­dus­try is a key part of the Nova Sco­tia econ­omy with more and more peo­ple com­ing to our beau­ti­ful prov­ince,” says Doug Jones, the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and founder of Ig­nite Labs. “With unique fea­tures, land­scapes, foods and ex­pe­ri­ences, I can’t wait to see the ideas that will be pitched at the Tourism Startup Week­end.”

Neil MacKenzie, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Yar­mouth & Aca­dian Shores, is pleased to see our re­gion grow as a des­ti­na­tion and wel­comes this new in­no­va­tive part­ner­ship.

“Over the past five years, Yar­mouth & Aca­dian Shores has seen year over year growth in tourism rev­enue and ferry pas­sen­ger traf­fic,” says MacKenzie. “Pro­vin­cial, mu­nic­i­pal and pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment in tourism means vis­i­tors are stay­ing here longer and spend­ing more. By part­ner­ing with Ig­nite Labs we hope

to con­tinue to foster these pos­i­tive trends and see more tourism ex­pe­ri­ences of­fered to vis­i­tors.”

There is no cost to at­tend the event and food and bev­er­ages will be pro­vided for the day.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to regis­ter visit ig­niteat­lantic.com/events.

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