Due to COVID-19 our annual Recognition of Excellence Event has not been hosted since 2019. We look forward to seeing you all soon and celebrating your success as soon as health restrictions permit.


Get the Recognition you deserve!  NSTHRC is pleased to offer Individual Recognition programs for Tourism Professionals who want to pursue professional development through emerit national certification.  emerit is the pinnacle in Canadian tourism training and provides individuals with the opportunity in 27 occupations including front line, supervisory and management.

NSTHRC also offers Company Recognition Programs that celebrate and support Tourism organizations that commit to service excellence and on-going staff development. These annual programs are aimed at helping organizations turn their service commitment into a marketing advantage! Our goal is to increase consumer awareness towards the commitment to excellent service that goes along with the Nova Scotia BEST Service Excellence and emerit Business Recognition Logos.

Employee Recognition

Be nationally recognized as a leading tourism professional – become emerit certified!

Certification is a demonstration of competency, which means that certified professionals meet job standards set by industry. Earning this important credential means that you will be recognized as a leading professional in your industry. By achieving emerit certification you earn the right to display your professional designation on business cards and résumés.

Increase job confidence by having your mastery of occupational knowledge and experience rewarded with a professional designation.  Click here for more information on becoming nationally certified.

Employer/Business Recognition Programs

Tourism 1 to 1 Mentorship Program

The Nova Scotia Tourism Human Resource Council developed a Tourism 1 to 1 Mentorship Program to provide members of the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia (TIANS) with an opportunity to connect with experienced Tourism Industry operators who are willing and able to share their expertise with their Industry colleagues. For more information on how to become a mentor or to find a mentor that meets your needs, check out the website at www.tourismmentoring1to1.ca

The National Business Recognition Program

emerit Certified Property status is achieved when at least 60% of employees are emerit Professionally Certified.

NSTHRC recognizes these efforts by providing the business with the following:

  • Framed certificate
  • Congratulatory advertisement in regional newspaper
  • Company mention on the NSTHRC website

2019 Property Recognition Recipients

  • Best Western PLUS Chocolate Lake Hotel
  • Coastal Inn Dartmouth
  • Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores, Visitor Information Centre
  • Grand Pré National Historic Site
  • The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
  • Millbrook Cultural & Heritage Centre
  • Pictou Lodge Beach Resort
  • Town of Digby, Visitor Information Centre
  • Tourism Nova Scotia
  • White Point Beach Resort

Provincial Tourism Business Recognition Program

NSTHRC’s People First Program recognizes a department within a property or organization that has a minimum of 80% of their staff nationally certified – providing opportunities to businesses who would not otherwise qualify for a recognition program.

2019 Provincial Tourism Business Recognition Recipients

Atlantica Hotel Halifax – Housekeeping Department

Fox Harb’r Resort – Outdoor Guides