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Tourism Performance

2017 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia welcomed an additional 195,000 non-resident visitors in 2017, an increase of 9% from 2016. Increases in visitation were observed across both road (+7%) and air (+13%).

Visitor Origin 2017 Non-resident Visitors Change vs. 2016
CANADA 2,099,000 +9% +165,000
Atlantic Canada 1,140,000 +2% +25,000
Quebec 132,000 +22% +24,000
Ontario 626,000 +16% +84,000
Western Canada 200,000 +19% +32,000
UNITED STATES 244,000 +10% +22,000
OVERSEAS 91,000 +10% +8,000
TOTAL 2,433,000 +9% +195,000
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 2017, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 2,760,000 increased by 2% compared with 2016. The occupancy rate, meanwhile, increased by 3 percentage points to 55%.
 

Region 2017 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2016
Halifax 1,448,000 -1%
South Shore 184,000 +3%
Eastern Shore 20,000 +13%
Cape Breton Island 476,000 +4%
Northumberland Shore 201,000 +3%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 363,000 +10%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 68,000 +4%
TOTAL 2,760,000 +2%

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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