Opposition says new tourism guide proves Liberals will close N.S. visitor info centres

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The Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives say the contents of a new tourism guide prove that the government intends to close the remaining visitor information centres in the province.

After the government shut down two centres last year, questions have swirled about the future of the six remaining provincially funded centres.

READ MORE: 58 seasonal staff laid off, two visitor centres closed in Nova Scotia

A new edition of the Doers and Dreamers’ Travel Guide that hit shelves this week makes the government’s intentions clear, according to PC MLA and Opposition House Leader Chris d’Entremont.

The 2016 Doers & Dreamers Travel Guide is officially on shelves….and already ruffling some feathers @globalhalifax pic.twitter广州桑拿网/MMVf8Iq5B1

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“The Doers and Dreamers guide that came out yesterday doesn’t have any mention of visitor information centres across the province,” said Chris d’Entremont, PC MLA.

He said he doesn’t believe that the government has yet to make a decision about the future of the centres.

“I don’t buy that at all. I know a decision was made a number of months ago and this government can’t come to terms with it, to at least tell the people that work for them, ‘hey by the way, you’re not going to have a job this summer,’” he said.

Last year, the guide had a full page on how to find provincial visitor information centres. This year, the only indication the centres exist is with icons on a map.

The new guide doesn’t have that ad. The Visitor Information Centres are also not listed on the main map pic.twitter广州桑拿网/YCjRlbLeB4

— Natasha Pace (@NatashaPace) February 23, 2016

Tourism Nova Scotia, which operates at arm’s length from government, says the new guide is quite different from previous years, starting with the size of it.

“It was kind of big, kind of cumbersome, so we’ve developed a new guide that’s smaller, more compact and made some changes on the inside about how the information is presented,” Michael Johnson, chief operating officer of Tourism Nova Scotia, said.

For starters, the 2016 Doers & Dreamers Travel Guide is quite a bit smaller than the 2015 version @globalhalifax pic.twitter广州桑拿网/mRRRgGIOi1

— Natasha Pace (@NatashaPace) February 23, 2016

Johnson said the change is a result of “strategic thinking”.

“In the past, you’d open up and see the map and see the [centres], the provincial ones listed. What we’ve decided to do is put them at a regional level,” he said.

The 2015 guide also had a full page on Visitor Information Centres in the province @globalhalifax pic.twitter广州桑拿网/eMgHzWsysT

— Natasha Pace (@NatashaPace) February 23, 2016

Most visitor information centres in the province are currently closed for the season, but with summer fast approaching, employees are getting ready to go back to work.

Tourism Nova Scotia says there has been a lot of dialogue about the importance of visitor information centres in the province, but it has not heard what the government plans to do.

“They will be part of the future of the tourism sector in the province, but no, there hasn’t been any official decision made on that,” Johnson said.

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