Nova Scotia Rural Development of Tourism
Nova Scotia has redefined travel and tourism in Canada. The province has identified a more intercultural tourism in a world that is increasingly embracing a more wholesome form of travelling. In this century, though the tourism products have become more customers oriented, the need for travel is still there. Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (2014) notes that numerous travelers and explorers today need a more authentic destination as compared to tourists in the past century who identified with large-scale tourism. As environmental issues continue to be debated in discussion forums, the modern tourist has become more aware of the damage that is caused by mass tourism. This includes various forms of environmental degradation that consequently promote global warming. As a result, Nova Scotia should identify opportunities available in its tourist market that may satisfy these customers who embrace alternative tourism.
Nova Scotia should embrace an alternative tourism that promotes interaction between members of different cultures. As a result, solidarity, cultural tolerance, and equality among different communities will be achieved. This is of great importance especially in this century where many regions have embraced multiculturalism. Nova Scotia Tourism Agency (2014) maintains that this form of tourism preserves the environment as it avoids the negative impacts that result from large-scale tourism. Since the locals organize this form of tourism, Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (2014) argues that there are better chances for the locals to embrace the visitors and appreciate tourism. In addition, this tourism could empower the locals in comparison to the large-scale tourism that only benefits the mighty and powerful who own the prime locations that tourists often visit. Nova Scotia Tourism Agency (2014) give evidence that this type of tourism will sustains culture while improving the economic status of the locals.
The Nova Scotia rich culture also offers other environmentally friendly outdoor activities. The department of tourism in the region should promote visiting parks, cultural education in the villages, attending festivals, road trips, and fishing among others. The Nova Scotia’s department of tourism has put up several websites that may help the tourist identify the activities that are available throughout the year. A wide variety of festivals showcasing the diverse cultures of the Canadian people should be an attraction for the cultural tourist all year round. Some festivals may include culinary shows as well as the farmer’s market, which should boost the agricultural sector of the region (Nova Scotia Tourism Agency 2014). Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (2014) argue that its department has also sanctioned numerous parks that display the diversity in vegetation and wildlife that makes up the beautiful and diverse Canadian ecosystem. This might be a great attraction for outdoor enthusiasts as well as wildlife photographers. The region has also redefined traditional tourist attraction sites like the museums as they now offer live museums. Instead of the more conventional and ordinary setting of museums with still pictures and objects, Nova Scotia provides live museums where tourists experience first-hand the traditions of the locals as well as the historical background of the region. The reconstructed fortress towns of Nova Scotia ensure that the visitors feel intrigued as long as they stay in the magical area.
The Nova Scotia’s department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism should embrace productivity and innovation to promote the workforce of the region while putting the region in the map as an award winning tourist destinations in North America. While the region is only a few hours away from the busy life of metropolitan cities like New York and Vancouver, it offers a perfect gateway that gives the tourist an authentic pure feeling as they get in touch with the environment as well as their emotions. Nova Scotia should market itself as a province in Canada that is fit for the lone traveler as well as tourist who wants to experience a more holistic and culturally fulfilling experience that cannot be offered by the traditional large-scale form of tourism.
Nova Scotia Tourism Agency. (2014). Tourism funding Programs. Retrieved from: http://novascotiatourismagency.ca/funding-programs
Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. (2014). Tourism industry development program. Retrieved from: http://www.novascotia.ca/econ/tourism/funding-programs/development- investment/industry-development.asp