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Highlanders at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site

Historical Tourism Activity

Visitation to Nova Scotia increased by 8% in 2016, and marked the third consecutive year of visitation growth to Nova Scotia.

Overall Nova Scotia welcomed more than 2.2 million non-resident overnight visitors to the province in 2016. Visitation by road increased by 7%, while visitation by air increased by 11%.

In 2016, room nights sold - 2.7 million - increased by 4% compared with 2015. The Halifax region saw growth of 2%, while room nights sold in regions outside of Halifax increased by 7%. The provincial occupancy rate increased by 2 percentage points to 53%.

Key Tourism Indicators

Visits by Origin

Accommodations

See how many fixed-roof rooms were sold in the province and how many rooms and properties are available.

Campgrounds

See how many sites and properties are available and how many sites were sold.

Visitor Information Centres

See how many people receive visitor counselling advice at Nova Scotia’s provincial visitor information centres.