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Tourism Performance

September 2018 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia Visitation – September 2018

September marked another favourable month of non-resident overnight visitation to Nova Scotia in 2018, and the province welcomed 257,000 non-resident overnight visitors. Continued strong growth in visitation by air (+8%) was offset by a decline in visitation by road (-7%), and overall visitation declined by 2% compared with 2017.

Canada 150 contributed to an exceptional year of tourism growth in 2017; comparing September 2018 visitation to the same period in 2016, visitation remains strong, up 7%, or an increase of approximately 17,000 visitors over 2016.

Visitor Origin September 2018 Non-resident Visitors % Change vs. 2017 % Change vs. 2016
CANADA 202,000 -3% -7,000 +5% +10,000
Atlantic Canada 97,000 +2% +1,000 -1% -1,000
Quebec 11,000 -20% -3,000 +5% +500
Ontario 63,000 -10% -7,000 +6% +4,000
Western Canada 31,000 +6% +2,000 +26% +6,000
UNITED STATES 39,000 +1% +300 +14% +5,000
OVERSEAS 16,000 +17% +2,000 +20% +3,000
TOTAL 257,000 -2% -4,000 +7% +17,000

Year-to-date September 2018, Nova Scotia welcomed 1,951,000 non-resident overnight visitors, down 0.4% from the same period in 2017. Air visitation is up by 8%, while road visitation has declined by 4%. Visitation compared with 2016 remains very robust, up 9%, or 155,000 more visitors in 2018.

Visitor Origin YTD 2018 Non-resident Visitors % Change vs. 2017 % Change vs. 2016
CANADA 1,660,000 -1% -17,000 +8% +117,000
Atlantic Canada 896,000 +2% +20,000 +4% +37,000
Quebec 102,000 -9% -10,000 +9% +8,000
Ontario 499,000 -5% -26,000 +11% +49,000
Western Canada 164,000 0%      -- +17% +24,000
UNITED STATES 206,000 -1% -3,000 +9% +17,000
OVERSEAS 85,000 +17% +12,000 +33% +21,000
TOTAL 1,951,000 -0.4% -8,000 +9% +155,000

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 2018, licensed room nights sold of 324,000 were unchanged from the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate decreased 1 percentage point to 74%.

 

Region September 2018 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2017
Halifax 148,000 +4%
South Shore 27,000 0%
Eastern Shore  4,000 -1%
Cape Breton Island 68,000 -5%
Northumberland Shore 24,000 -2%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 46,000 -5%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 9,000 +5%


Year-to-date, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 2,229,000 are up 1% compared with the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate has declined by 1 percentage point to 56%.

 

Region YTD August 2018 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2017
Halifax 1,180,000 +4%
South Shore 150,000 0%
Eastern Shore  16,000 -6%
Cape Breton Island 367,000 -6%
Northumberland Shore 164,000 +1%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 294,000 -1%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 59,000 +13%

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. 

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