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Tourism Performance

September 2017 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia welcomed an additional 21,000 non-resident visitors in September 2017, an increase of 9% from September 2016. September saw growth in visitation by both air (+14%) and road (+6%).

Year-to-date September 2017, non-resident overnight visitation to Nova Scotia is up by 9% compared with 2016, with increases in visitation observed across both road (+8%) and air (+12%). 

Visitor Origin YTD September 2017 Non-resident Visitors Change vs. 2016
CANADA 1,677,000 +135,000
Atlantic Canada 877,000 +17,000
Quebec 112,000 +19,000
Ontario 525,000 +75,000
Western Canada 164,000 +24,000
UNITED STATES 209,000 +19,000
OVERSEAS 73,000 +8,000
Nova Scotia Licensed Accommodations

Licensed accommodation activity includes licensed accommodations purchased by Nova Scotians and non-residents, and people travelling for both tourism and non-tourism reasons. This data does not include any non-licensed accommodations sold through the sharing economy. In September 2017, licensed room nights sold of 325,000 decreased by 1% from the same period in 2016. The occupancy rate increased by 2 percentage points to 75%.

Region September 2017 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2016
Halifax 142,000 -6%
South Shore 27,000 -1%
Eastern Shore 4,000 +10%
Cape Breton Island 71,000 +3%
Northumberland Shore 24,000 --%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 48,000 +5%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 9,000 +1%

Year-to-date, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 2,200,000 are up 2% compared with the same period in 2016. The occupancy rate, meanwhile, increased by 3 percentage points to 57%.

Region YTD September 2017 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2016
Halifax 1,131,000 -2%
South Shore 150,000 +2%
Eastern Shore 17,000 +13%
Cape Breton Island 389,000 +7%
Northumberland Shore 162,000 +1%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 296,000 +10%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 54,000 +2%

The preliminary estimate of tourism revenues for year-to-date September 2017 is $2.1 billion, compared with $2.0 billion in 2016.

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