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The quality standards were developed after extensive collaboration with representatives of fixed-roof accommodations, campgrounds and the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.
Nova Scotia Approved provides, the licensed accommodation operator, with a quality program option that is not a rating system. Nova Scotia Approved is a benchmark of quality standards focused on cleanliness and state of repair.
Once you complete the online application, your property will be receiving an unannounced visit by our Quality Coach who will assess your property based on the benchmark of the quality standards.
When your property meets the benchmark of quality standards, and if you hold a valid Tourist Accomodation License, you will then be eligible to participate in tourism partnership programs, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency.
The Quality Standards for the Nova Scotia Approved Accommodations Program set out benchmark standards for courtesy, cleanliness, comfort, and state of repair. These standards are assessed during inspection and expected to be maintained at all times.
"Approved" means the accommodation has met the Quality Standards including cleanliness and state of repair benchmarks for the Quality Standards Program and qualifies for the Approved Accommodation status. Approved Accommodation status is a requirement for participation in all current and future partnership programs sponsored by the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. Once approved, an Approved Accommodation qualifies for a listing on Nova Scotia's official tourism website www.novascotia.com and a listing in the Nova Scotia Doers and Dreamers Travel Guide. An Approved Accommodation is also eligible to participate in other tourism partnership programs offered by the Department, including but not limited to participation in the Check In Reservation Service Check-In Nova Scotia to have their brochures distributed by travel counselors at all Visitor Information Centres, in-market promotions, familiarization tours for travel trade and writers and industry training and best practice missions.
"Not Approved" means the accommodation has failed to meet Quality Standards including cleanliness and state of repair benchmarks for the Quality Standards Program. The "Not Approved" property is not eligible for participation in partnership programs offered by the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency and Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. If services had previously been granted, the privilege is revoked. Owners/managers of an accommodation "Not Approved" may appeal the ruling in writing.