Tourism operators from throughout the region are gathering here this weekend for the Central Nova Tourist Association’s (CNTA) annual tourism awards and conference.
AMHERST – After kicking off with a tradeshow Thursday evening at the Wandlyn Inn in Amherst, the event will continue with numerous information sessions on Friday at the Joggins Fossil Centre, concluding with the presentation of the 2013 tourism awards.
“We’re always excited to hand out our awards and acknowledge excellence and hard work throughout the region,” said Devin Terfry, marketing director.
Running from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Friday sessions will focus on tourism development/enhancement, online marketing, sustainable tourism, a marketing levy update, the CNTA’s annual marketing plan, and a guided tour of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs.
Presenters will include Jonathan Foster, executive director of the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism; Stephanie Viera, operations manager at the Joggins Fossil Institute; Jamie Vander Kooi, TIAPEI online marketing and technology co-ordinator; and Patrick Sullivan, CEO of the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.
Meanwhile lunch will be prepared by the chefs of Advocate Harbour’s Wild Caraway and Parrsboro’s Black Rock Bistro, as well as special guest Alain Bosse, the Kilted Chef. Thursday night entertainment was provided by Amherst’s own The Shakedown Combo.
The event marks the 34th anniversary of the CNTA.
“It should be a good time and great opportunity to get primed for the upcoming tourist season,” said Terfry.