Tourism is Open for Business in the DEANS region

DEANS VIC

Behind these masks are smiling faces ready to greet you at the Visitor Information Centre in Westville, Exit 21. Reese Richards, travel counsellor; Haylee Hodgson, travel counsellor; Paige Hodgson, brand ambassador and Kelyn Palmer, event coordinator, will be providing local residents and visitors with information on the best places to visit this summer in the DEANS region as well as Nova Scotia. They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day for July and August.

The Visitor Information Centre at Exit 21 Westville has opened its doors for another season.

Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores officially opened the VIC this week and plans to promote Pictou County and Nova Scotia visits as residents continue to live with COVID-19.

“We have safety precautions in place,” said Cindy MacKinnon, DEANS managing director, adding Plexiglass has been installed at the entrance of the VIC so guests can only go as far as the desk and ask for assistance rather than entering the centre themselves and browsing through pamphlets. “Visitors can approach our staff and have all of their travel questions answered while maintaining appropriate social distancing. “

“Westville is the only VIC we opened in Pictou County right now. This centre is directly off the highway with several amenities that visitors will look for when travelling throughout Nova Scotia,” MacKinnon said.

She said counsellors will also be available online through its new website www.coastalnovascotia.ca where they can access help by clicking on its virtual travel ambassador.

“You can visit us online and you aren’t going to a robot or standard message, you will get an actual person. You will chat with one of our counsellors. Our regional guides are available online at its website and we are finishing up the development of new Facebook pages that correspond to our new branding.”

There is no doubt that tourism will look different this year for many people who are anxious about travelling to far away from home because of virus concerns, but that does not mean they can’t explore their own backyards, she said.

“It is going to be a different summer, but our goal is to keep people moving around Nova Scotia right now. We would like to keep them in our region longer and we have some several days trips and staycation opportunities that will be available online in the coming week. We ask operators to send their packages to us and we will put them on our website. We are not charging for that, it is all about keeping people in our region.”

“Our region has a lot to offer visitors, this summer more than others, we are encouraging Nova Scotians to support tourism right here at home. We take so much for granted and we often travel outside our province to explore, why not Rediscover Nova Scotia this year, we know you will find something you never knew what so close.”

Behind these masks are smiling faces ready to greet you at the Visitor Information Centre in Westville, Exit 21. Reese Richards, travel counsellor; Haylee Hodgson, travel counsellor; Paige Hodgson, brand ambassador and Kelyn Palmer, event coordinator, will be providing local residents and visitors with information on the best places to visit this summer in the DEANS region as well as Nova Scotia. They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day for July and August.