Accommodation for Swissair Families Secured

Communications Nova Scotia

September 4, 1998 4:55 PM

All required accommodations have been secured to meet the needs
of families and others arriving in Nova Scotia because of the
Swissair crash.

In addition, Check In Nova Scotia reservation service said it is
still able to book hotel rooms for other visitors to the Halifax

At this time, the hotel industry can meet the needs of victims'
families, airline officials and crash investigators.

"Nova Scotians outpouring of generosity and support for the
families of the crash victims has been extraordinary --but not
surprising," said Premier Russell MacLellan. "I understand the
need of fellow Nova Scotians in wanting to do something,
anything, to help ease the pain and grief of those who have lost
family and friends.

"Even though many of the offers aren't immediately required, that
doesn't lessen the extraordinary spirit of generosity shown by
Nova Scotians."

By mid-afternoon Friday, Check In Nova Scotia had recorded more
than 1,000 offers of accommodation in homes of private citizens.
Tourism Nova Scotia said it now has an adequate supply for a bed
bank should it be required.

Meanwhile, other volunteer support offers have flooded into Nova
Scotia's Public Enquiries service. Operators had taken more than
600 calls by mid-afternoon from citizens offering a range of
services, from grief counselling to translation. Callers' names
and numbers have been recorded, and they will be contacted as
needs arise.


Contact: Margaret Murphy
         Cell: 902-499-8569

ngr                     Sept. 4, 1998                 4:55 p.m.