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Accommodation Statistics

Tourism Nova Scotia gathers and reports tourism statistics on behalf of the tourism industry. These statistics help inform our decision-making, help describe visitors to Nova Scotia, and can be used by tourism businesses and organizations for planning and business development. As tourism indicators are compiled from several sources, data becomes available at different times. Tourism Nova Scotia reports the most up-to-date statistics available so reporting timelines for each indicator may differ.

See 2022 Year-to-date Accommodation Statistics (PDF)

See 2021 Full Year Tourism Performance Indicators (PDF)

May 2022 Accommodations Activity in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia accommodations operators report 241,000 room nights sold in May 2022, compared with 61,000 room nights sold in May 2021 (a difference of 180,000 room nights) and a 5% increase over 2019 (a difference of 12,000 room nights). 

May is the third consecutive month that room night sales have increased on a province-wide basis when measured against the corresponding pre-pandemic month in 2019. 

On a regional basis, room nights sales in May 2022 were up over the same month in 2019 in all regions except in Halifax Metro. The highest percentage increases were in South Shore (20,000 room nights sold, up 63% against May 2019) and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores (6,000 room nights sold, up 26%). 

Sales in Halifax in May 2022 were up 294% compared with May 2021, but still down 3% against May 2019. One month earlier in April, Halifax showed a 3% gain in sales over April 2019 – the only month to date in 2022 that sales in Halifax have been higher than the corresponding month in 2019.

Year-to-date May 2022, operators reported 794,000 room nights sold across the province, an increase of 96% over the same period in 2021 (389,000 more room nights sold) and a decrease of 1% over the same period in 2019 (9,000 fewer room nights sold).

All but two regions have more room nights sold year-to-date May 2022 than in the same pre-pandemic period in 2019. The highest gains are in South Shore (sales up 30% compared with the first five months of 2019) and up 15% and 14% respectively in Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores. 

Sales are down year-to-date May 2022 in Halifax (down 7%, or 38,000 fewer room nights sold, compared with the same period in 2019) and in Northumberland Shore (down 5%, or 2,000 fewer room nights sold).

Although accommodations recovery shows continued strength across much of the province, recovery remains an ongoing challenge in Halifax, with monthly sales still falling shy of pre-pandemic levels in that region. 

Nova Scotia Room Nights Sold (TNS Accommodations Database):

Bar graph comparing accommodation sales from January to May 2022 with the same months in 2021.


May 2022 Sharing Economy Activity in Nova Scotia

According to AirDNA data, in the month of May there were 45,000 room nights booked through sharing economy platforms, more than double the room nights booked in May 2021, and an increase of 26% compared with May 2019.

From January through May 2022 there were 139,000 room nights booked through sharing economy platforms, an increase of 44% compared with the same months in 2021.

Relative to 2019, sharing economy room nights booked were up 38% in the first five months of 2022 compared with the same period in 2019. This stands in marked contrast with accommodation room night sales among operators included in Tourism Nova Scotia’s database, which were down 1% year-to-date compared with the same period in 2019. 

Room Nights Booked Through Sharing Economy Platforms:
Bar graph comparing bookings through sharing economy platforms from January to May 2022 with the same months in 2021.

May 2022 Average Room Rate in Nova Scotia

According to the latest data from the CBRE Hotels National Market Report, the average room rate for Nova Scotia accommodations was $132 in the first five months of 2022, an increase of 40% over the same period in 2021 and a decline of 2% compared with the same period in 2019.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is more pronounced in the Halifax region. From January to May 2022, the average room rate in the Halifax Regional Municipality was $137, down 3% compared with 2019, while the average room rate of $120 in the rest of Nova Scotia is up 4% compared with 2019.

Average Room Rates Per Night in Nova Scotia:

Bar graph comparing average room rates by month from January to May 2022 with the same months in 2021.

Tourism statistics are compiled from a variety of sources, including:

  • Operator accommodation occupancy reports
  • Room rate data from CBRE Limited
  • Data collected by AirDNA regarding room night bookings through sharing economy platforms
  • In-person surveys administered to passengers at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport
  • Motor vehicle enumeration at the Nova Scotia – New Brunswick border
  • Passenger information from ferry operators
  • The Nova Scotia Visitor Exit Survey
  • Data from Halifax International Airport Authority

These statistics reflect the combined efforts of tourism businesses, organizations, communities, and governments, and include activities by both Nova Scotians and non-resident visitors. There are many factors that contribute to tourism industry performance including events, weather, gas prices, air capacity, currency fluctuations, geo-political circumstances, and industry initiatives such as marketing. Tourism Nova Scotia is just one organization among many contributing to tourism growth. We support tourism growth through marketing in key national and international markets, support for experience and business development, and visitor servicing. For more information about Tourism Nova Scotia's strategy and performance, please see Plans & Reports.