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Tourism Performance

Year-to-Date March 2018 Visitation Statistics

Non-resident visitation to Nova Scotia declined slightly in March 2018, down 1% (2,000 visitors) from March 2017. Visitation by air was unchanged, while visitation by road declined by 2% compared with March 2017.

Year-to-date March 2018, Nova Scotia welcomed 320,000 non-resident overnight visitors, an increase of 1% compared with 2017. Increases in visitation were observed across both air (+2%) and road (+1%).

Nova Scotia Licensed Accommodations

Licensed accommodation activity includes licensed accommodations purchased by Nova Scotians and non-residents, and people travelling for both tourism and non-tourism reasons. This data does not include any non-licensed accommodations sold through the sharing economy. In March 2018, licensed room nights sold of 173,000 increased by 2% from the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate decreased by 1 percentage point to 51%.

Year-to-date, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 418,000 are up 1% compared with the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate, meanwhile, decreased by 1 percentage point to 42%.

Region YTD March 2018 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2017
Halifax 269, 000 +1%
South Shore 21,000 +3%
Eastern Shore  1,000 -14%
Cape Breton Island 45,000 -2%
Northumberland Shore 27,000 -3%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 46,000 +6%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 10,000 +4%

The estimate of tourism revenues for year-to-date 2018 will be published when available.

The preliminary estimate of tourism revenues for 2017 is $2.7 billion, compared with $2.6 billion in 2016.

Download the 2017 Tourism Results Press Kit for more information. 

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