Accommodation operators across the province reported a total of 1,797,000 room nights sold in 2021. That represents a 45% increase over the full year 2020 (560,000 more room nights sold) and a decrease of 34% over the full year 2019 (926,000 fewer room nights sold).
In comparison with 2019, six regions had fewer room nights sold over the course of 2021. The largest declines by volume were in Halifax (with 621,000 fewer room nights sold in 2021 versus 2019), and Cape Breton (with 155,000 fewer room nights sold). Yarmouth & Acadian Shores is the only region where room nights sold in 2021 exceeded those of 2019. The region had 60,000 room nights sold in 2021, an increase of 5% compared with the same period in 2019. A key reason for this performance is the opening of a new hotel property in Yarmouth in early 2021, which added significant room inventory in the region.
In the month of December 2021, accommodations operators report 122,000 room nights sold. That represents a 95% increase over December 2020 (60,000 more room nights sold) and a decline of only 1% from December 2019 (1,000 fewer room nights sold). That is the smallest monthly gap in room nights sold compared with 2019 since the pandemic started.
Room nights sales in several regions showed strong results in December, even in relation to pre-pandemic sales. Monthly sales were up over those in December 2019 in four regions: South Shore (up 28%), Cape Breton (up 5%), Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley (up 18%), and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores (up 42%). Meanwhile, sales in Halifax were down only 4% compared with December 2019.
Nova Scotia Room Nights Sold (TNS Accommodations Database):