November 2018 Visitation Statistics
Nova Scotia Visitation – November 2018
Nova Scotia welcomed 135,000 non-resident overnight visitors in November 2018, a decrease of 4% from November 2017. After strong growth in air visitation over the past two years, visitation by air in November 2018 declined by 11%, offset somewhat by a 1% increase in visitation by road.
Year-to-date November 2018, Nova Scotia welcomed 2,286,000 non-resident overnight visitors, a slight decline of 0.5% from the same period in 2017. For this time period, the decline is the first since 2013 and follows an exceptional year of tourism growth in 2017. A further comparison to 2016 shows robust growth of 8% or 172,000 additional visitors in 2018. Year-to-date 2018, visitation by air has increased by 6% while visitation by road has declined by 3%.
Notably, year-to-date 2018 has seen strong growth in visitation from overseas markets, up 18%, or 15,000 additional visitors, compared with 2017.
|Visitor Origin||YTD 2018 Non-resident Visitors||% Change vs. 2017||% Change vs. 2016|
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 November 2018, there were 174,000 licensed room-nights sold, a decrease of 1% from 2017. The occupancy rate is unchanged at 52%.
Year-to-date, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 2,658,000 are up 1% compared with the same period in 2017, while the occupancy rate is unchanged at 56%. Room nights sold in the Eastern Shore, Northumberland Shore and Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley regions are stable compared with 2017, with increases recorded in the Halifax and Yarmouth & Acadian Shores regions, and a decline in room nights sold in the Cape Breton and South Shore regions.
|Region||YTD November 2018 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
|% Change vs. 2017|
|Cape Breton Island||434,000||-6%|
|Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley||346,000||0%|
|Yarmouth & Acadian Shores||69,000||+10%|
The estimate of tourism revenues for year-to-date 2018 will be published when available.
The preliminary estimate of tourism revenues for 2017 is $2.7 billion, compared with $2.6 billion in 2016.
Download the 2017 Tourism Results Press Kit for more information.