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Province sells Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New private owners are planning significant capital improvements to Liscombe Lodge Resort and Conference Centre creating ongoing employment, new tourism experiences, and economic activity.

“Nova Scotia is officially out of the resort business. We have always said that role is best left to the private sector,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “I am pleased that Liscombe Lodge and Digby Pines are both now in the hands of experienced private sector operators to ensure ongoing employment and economic activity in these areas. I also want to thank Tourism Nova Scotia and New Castle for successfully managing operations at both resorts while we looked for appropriate buyers.”

Hearthstone Hospitality paid $450,000 for the resort and has committed to investing $1 million in upgrades and to offer employment to all employees at wages consistent with their existing salaries. The resort will continue its current use and operations until at least October 2022.

 “Liscombe Lodge is both a true anchor for the area and a showpiece for the local economy,” said Mike Melanchuk, Owner, Hearthstone Hospitality. ”We are looking forward to welcoming existing staff to the Hearthstone family.  Their collective experience and knowledge will be key in enhancing the resort’s classic charm and character, and ensuring our visitors experience the warmth of a Maritime welcome.”

In 2016, the province asked Develop Nova Scotia to find a buyer for two of its Signature Resorts – Digby Pines and Liscombe Lodge. The recent sale of Digby Pines included similar negotiated parameters with respect to capital investment and continued operation under its current use.

“We want to thank New Castle Resorts for being a great partner in managing these resorts since 2002. Their hard work has allowed Nova Scotians and visitors from around the world to have wonderful experiences in Digby and Guysborough Country,” said Michele Saran, CEO, Tourism Nova Scotia. “We look forward to seeing what the future holds with new ownership and investment at both Digby Pines and Liscombe Lodge.”

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