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Tourism Statistics Available for Spring 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Tourism Nova Scotia gathers and reports tourism statistics on behalf of the tourism industry.  Statistics for January to June 2021 are now available on our website. 

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Tourism Nova Scotia’s data collection was paused during some months of 2020 due to COVID-19 precautions. As a result, 2020 visitation data is not available for comparison with some months in 2021. Tourism Nova Scotia is developing estimates for the months that enumeration did not occur and will report these at a later date.

A year-to-date comparison of non-resident visitation through June 2021 shows a decline of 87% compared with the same six months in 2019 (106,000 visitors year-to-date June 2021 compared with 849,000 in 2019, a difference of 742,000 visitors).

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Accommodation operators across the province reported 406,000 room nights sold year-to-date May 2021, the most recent month for which figures are available. This represents a decline of 9% (a difference of 41,000 room nights sold) compared with year-to-date May 2020. It also represents a decline of 49% (a difference of 398,000 room nights sold) compared with year-to-date May 2019.

According to AirDNA data, there were 179,000 room nights booked through sharing economy platforms year-to-date July 2021, an increase of 5% compared with the same period in 2020, and a decline of 24% compared with the same period in 2019.

We strive to publish the most up-to-date statistics available. Data is gathered from several different sources, and as a result we can share some statistics sooner than others and reporting dates differ between indicators.