October 2022 Accommodation Sales
Nova Scotia accommodations operators reported 297,000 room nights sold in October 2022, a 36% increase in room nights sold over October 2021 (a difference of 78,000 room nights) and a 14% increase over 2019 (a difference of 36,000 room nights). This is the highest increase in monthly room night sales relative to 2019 since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – indicating strong accommodations recovery in 2022. The second highest monthly increase since the pandemic occurred in June, when room night sales were up 11% over the same month in 2019 (a difference of 31,000 room nights).
On a regional basis, room nights sales in October 2022 were up over the same month in 2019 in all tourism regions except Eastern Shore, where operators reported 2,000 room nights sold, down 4% from October 2019 (100 fewer room nights sold). The highest increase was reported in Northumberland Shore, with 24,000 room nights sold, up 36% compared with October 2019 (6,000 more room nights sold). The large increase in Northumberland Shore can be attributed in part to the opening of a new hotel in Antigonish in late 2021, as well as to accommodations demand from line crews working to restore power in the region, which was hard hit by Hurricane Fiona in late September.
Increases in room nights sold versus October 2019 were also recorded in:
- Yarmouth and Acadian Shores (6,000 room nights sold, up 31% or 2,000 more room nights sold).
- Bay of Fundy and Annapolis Valley (39,000 room nights sold, up 30% or 9,000 more room nights sold).
- South Shore (19,000 room nights sold, up 20% or 3,000 more room nights sold).
- Halifax (153,000 room nights sold, up 10% or 14,000 more room nights sold).
- Cape Breton (54,000 room nights sold, up 5% or 3,000 more room nights sold).
Year-to-Date October Accommodation Sales
Year-to-date October 2022, operators across the province reported 2.5 million room nights sold, a 66% increase (1 million more room nights sold) compared with the same period in 2021, and a 4% increase over the same period in 2019 (96,000 more room nights sold).
All regions reported more room nights sold year-to-date than in the same period in 2019. The highest gains were in Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, where sales were up 40% (20,000 more room nights sold) compared with the first 10 months of 2019. In Halifax, year-to-date October 2022 sales were up 1% (7,000 more room nights sold) compared with 2019.
Nova Scotia Room Nights Sold (TNS Accommodations Database):