Year-to-Date March 2018 Visitation Statistics
Non-resident visitation to Nova Scotia declined slightly in March 2018, down 1% (2,000 visitors) from March 2017. Visitation by air was unchanged, while visitation by road declined by 2% compared with March 2017.
Year-to-date March 2018, Nova Scotia welcomed 320,000 non-resident overnight visitors, an increase of 1% compared with 2017. Increases in visitation were observed across both air (+2%) and road (+1%).
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 March 2018, licensed room nights sold of 173,000 increased by 2% from the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate decreased by 1 percentage point to 51%.
Year-to-date, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 418,000 are up 1% compared with the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate, meanwhile, decreased by 1 percentage point to 42%.
|Region||YTD March 2018 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
|% Change vs. 2017|
|Cape Breton Island||45,000||-2%|
|Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley||46,000||+6%|
|Yarmouth & Acadian Shores||10,000||+4%|
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.