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Tourism Performance

Year-To-Date 2019 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia Visitation – March 2019

Nova Scotia welcomed 125,000 non-resident overnight visitors in March 2019, an increase of 4%, or an additional 5,000 visitors compared with 2018. Visitation by air decreased by 11% while visitation by road increased by 11%.

Year-to-date March 2019, Nova Scotia welcomed 330,000 non-resident overnight visitors, an increase of 3%, or an additional 10,900 visitors compared with 2018. Visitation by road increased by 5% while visitation by air is unchanged from 2018.

Nova Scotia Licensed Accommodations

In March 2019, licensed room nights sold of 169,000 decreased by 1% from the same period in 2018. The occupancy rate decreased by 1 percentage point to 50%.

Year-to-date March 2019, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 419,000 are up 1% compared with the same period in 2018. The occupancy rate increased by 1 percentage point to 43%. There has been strong growth in room nights sold in the Cape Breton and South Shore regions.

Region YTD March 2019 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2018
Halifax 265,000 -1%
South Shore 24,000 +14%
Eastern Shore 1,000 -18%
Cape Breton Island 49,000 +14%
Northumberland Shore 26,000 0%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 43,000 -7%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 11,000 +6%

Tourism Revenues

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.

For more information about Nova Scotia's tourism performance in 2018, download the 2018 Tourism Performance Media Kit .

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