12/21/2012 02:46 EST | Updated 02/20/2013 05:12 EST

Nova Scotia government doesn't find 'suitable' buyers for three resorts

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's provincial government hasn't attracted "a suitable buyer" for three resorts it currently owns in coastal communities.

However, the province says resorts in the communities of Liscomb Mills, Digby and Ingonish will continue to operate through the 2013 tourism season.

The province is extending a private firm's management contract for Liscombe Lodge, Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, and Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa until next January.

Economic Development Minister Percy Paris says the resorts remain important to the province's tourism industry.

The province issued a request for proposals earlier this spring for those interested in acquiring the resorts.

However, a news release issued today says, "the process was unsuccessful in finding a suitable buyer."