2018 Visitation Statistics
Nova Scotia Visitation – 2018
Approximately 2,413,000 non-resident overnight visitors came to Nova Scotia in 2018, a decline of 0.8% or 19,500 fewer visitors compared with 2017, which saw the highest visitation in Nova Scotia’s history. Visitation by air rose by 4% (+30,300) making 2018 the third consecutive year of growth in air visitation. Visitation by road decreased by 3% (-49,900) from 2017, following four years of growth in visitation by road. Visitation from overseas markets grew 15% (+13,900), which marked the fifth straight year of growth in visitation from overseas markets.
|Visitor Origin||2018 Non-resident Visitors||% Change vs. 2017||% Change vs. 2016|
Nova Scotia Licensed Accommodations
In 2018, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia reached 2,773,000, an increase of 1% compared to 2017. The occupancy rate declined one percentage-point to 55%. Room nights sold increased in the Halifax and Yarmouth regions, while they decreased in the South Shore and Cape Breton regions. Room-nights sold in the Eastern Shore, Northumberland Shore and Fundy Shore/Annapolis Valley regions were stable compared with 2017.
Room Nights Sold
|% Change vs. 2017|
|Cape Breton Island||448,000||-5%|
|Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley||359,000||0%|
|Yarmouth & Acadian Shores||72,000||+9%|
Tourism revenues reached an estimated $2.61 billion in 2018, an increase of 0.3% compared to updated estimates for 2017 of $2.60 billion. For more information about tourism revenues estimates, please see Tourism Revenues.
Download the 2018 Tourism Performance Media Kit for more information.