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Tourism Performance

April 2017 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia Visitation

April 2017 tourism indicator statistics are now available. With 132,000 non-resident overnight visitors, visitation to Nova Scotia increased by 4% compared with 2016. Visitation by road increased by 4%, while visitation by air increased by 3%.

Year-to-date, non-resident overnight visitation to Nova Scotia is up by 5% compared with 2016, with increases in visitation observed across both road (+4%) and air (+6%).

Nova Scotia Accommodations

Accommodation activity includes Nova Scotians and non-residents, and people travelling for both tourism and non-tourism reasons. In April 2017, room nights sold of 162,000 decreased by 8% from the same period in 2016 (Note: this decline is against a 6% increase in room nights sold in April 2016). The occupancy rate decreased by 2 percentage points to 50%. Growth in room nights sold was observed in the Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley and South Shore regions.

Region April 2017
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2016
Halifax 104,000 -10%
South Shore 9,000 +8%
Eastern Shore ---* ---*
Cape Breton Island 18,000 -4%
Northumberland Shore 10,000 -11%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 18,000 +1%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 3,000 -15%

* Fewer than 500 room nights sold.

Year-to-date, room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 579,000 are on par with the same period in 2016. The occupancy rate, meanwhile, increased by 1 percentage point to 45%.

Region YTD April 2017
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2016
Halifax 371,000 -2%
South Shore 30,000 +6%
Eastern Shore 1,000 +54%
Cape Breton Island 64,000 +8%
Northumberland Shore 37,000 -3%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 62,000 +9%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 13,000 --%

The preliminary estimate of tourism revenues for year-to-date April 2017 is $520 million, compared with $502 million in 2016.

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