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Tourism Performance

Year-to-Date May 2018 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia Visitation – May 2018

Non-resident visitation to Nova Scotia increased in May 2018, up 4% (7,000 visitors) from May 2017. Visitation by air increased by 15% while road remained unchanged from last year.

Year-to-date May 2018, Nova Scotia welcomed 640,000 non-resident overnight visitors, an increase of 3% compared with 2017. Increases in visitation were observed for air (+10%), with visitation by road unchanged from last year.

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 May 2018, licensed room nights sold of 238,000 increased by 4% from the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate remains unchanged at 45%. Notable increases in room nights sold were observed in each of the South Shore, Halifax, and Yarmouth and Acadian Shores regions.

 

Region May 2018 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2017
Halifax 141,000 +6%
South Shore 13,000 +6%
Eastern Shore  1,000 +4%
Cape Breton Island 32,000 +2%
Northumberland Shore 18,000 +3%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 27,000 -6%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 5,000 +21%

Year-to-date, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 830,000 are up 3% compared with the same period in 2017. The occupancy rate, meanwhile, remained unchanged at 45%.

Region YTD May 2018 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2017
Halifax 525,000 +4%
South Shore 43,000 +3%
Eastern Shore  3,000 0%
Cape Breton Island 93,000 -1%
Northumberland Shore 53,000 -1%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 90,000 +1%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 23,000 +30%

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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