News & Articles - Nova Scotia

  • Five Hotel Openings to Look Forward to in 2021

    Canada’s hotels have been hammered by COVID-19, with occupancy rates falling as low as 18.8 per cent during the first full week of April 2020, so news of vaccine readiness in November was welcomed by the industry. As immunizations now rollout, there’s renewed hope that existing hotels will recover losses this year and new ones won’t have to offer the deep discounts that have become all too commonplace to fill suites. But although optimistic, there’s no certainty this will be…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • Halifax Promotes Live Meetings as Industry Awaits Return

    Discover Halifax recently launched an initiative to help local and Atlantic bubble businesses and event organizers amid the pandemic. The Meet Again Halifax campaign and associated website includes tips and advice for hosting safe face-to-face events, as well as a list of trusted venues to help. “In a typical year, Halifax welcomes 5.3 million overnight stays who spend $1.3 billion locally. Business travellers attending meetings are an important part of this,” says Ross Jefferson, president and CEO of the city’s destination…

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  • What it’s Like to Open a Hotel during the Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 crisis and the impact it’s had on Canada’s hospitality and travel industries, several brave brands have forged ahead with ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new hotels. This includes Vancouver-based Northland Properties Corp., which opened not one but two hotels last month, though the celebratory occasions were more low-key. On Sept. 8, the company introduced its first Signature-branded hotel, Sandman Signature Saskatoon South Hotel, in Saskatchewan. On the same day, Atlantic Canada welcomed the Sutton Place Hotel Halifax. “We are…

    Corporate Travel & Incentives

  • Luxury Hotel Planned for Halifax Waterfront

    A new five-star hotel is coming to Halifax’s waterfront. The 110-room hotel by the Armour Group is a key component of the Queen’s Marque development, designed by celebrated Nova Scotia architect Brian Mackay-Lyons. “Muir is a physical and spiritual manifestation of Nova Scotia, exploring materiality and craftsmanship of our past yet imparting a contemporary relevance,” says Scott Armour McCrea, president and CEO of the Armour Group. “Anyone who visits Muir will see this softly spoken in every detail.” Canadian designers…

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  • Halifax Convention Centre opening announced

    The Halifax Convention Centre has announced it will host its official opening ceremony on Dec. 15. “Opening our doors marks a significant milestone as we get ready to welcome thousands of new visitors and new opportunities to our city and province,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of the Halifax Convention Centre. “We can’t wait to preview our new state-of-the-art facility with our community and partners before we begin hosting our first events.” The centre will host its first client…

    Breaking News, Meeting Community

  • Destination Halifax rebranded as Discover Halifax

    As of May 31st, 2017, the Halifax region’s Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), formally known as Destination Halifax, has changed its name and brand to Discover Halifax, featuring a brand new business strategy and fresh programs. To announce the new strategic direction for the DMO, including stating their intention to make Halifax globally recognized as the favourite city in Canada, Discover Halifax hosted an event at the Halifax Central Library packed with over 150 local leaders and members of the business and tourism.…

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  • WestJet reintroduces Gander to Halifax route starting April 30

    Summer schedule reintroduces non-stop daily service WestJet has announced it will once again fly its route from Halifax to Gander, Newfoundland, as part of its 2017 summer schedule. The year-round route starts daily on April 30. “WestJet is committed to providing our eastern guests with enhanced service for both business and leisure travel,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “WestJet began service to Halifax in 2003 to bring choice, competition and connectivity to communities that had been traditionally underserved.…

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  • WestJet launches new Atlantic Canada services

    Airline’s regional arm WestJet Encore connects more cities WestJet recently launched daily non-stop flights from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to Deer Lake and Gander, Newfoundland, and Sydney, Nova Scotia, on board WestJet Encore’s fleet of Canadian-made Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft. The airline will also inaugurate new daily non-stop service between Moncton, New Brunswick, and Ottawa. “These new flights represent our continuing commitment to expand WestJet service to smaller-sized cities from coast to coast, offering Canadians lower airfares, more choice and…

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