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Tourism Performance

Year-To-Date May 2019 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia Visitation – May 2019

Nova Scotia welcomed 163,000 non-resident overnight visitors in May 2019, a decrease of 11%, or 19,500 fewer visitors compared with 2018. Visitation by air decreased by 21% (against a very strong May 2018) while visitation by road decreased by 6%.

Year-to-date May 2019, Nova Scotia welcomed 620,000 non-resident overnight visitors down 3% from 2018. Visitation by road increased by 1% while visitation by air decreased by 11% from 2018.

Nova Scotia Licensed Accommodations

In May 2019, licensed room nights sold of 231,000 decreased by 1% from the same period in 2018. The occupancy rate decreased by 1 percentage point to 43%.

Region May 2019
Licensed Room Nights Sold
% Change
vs. 2018
Halifax 137,000 -2%
South Shore 13,000 +1%
Eastern Shore 1,000 -1%
Cape Breton 30,000 -2%
Northumberland Shore 18,000 +3%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 27,000 +4%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 5,000 -15%

Year-to-date May 2019, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 810,000 are down 2% compared with the same period in 2018. The occupancy rate decreased by 1 percentage point to 44%.

Region YTD May 2019
Licensed Room Nights Sold
% Change
vs. 2018
Halifax 511,000 -3%
South Shore 44,000 +4%
Eastern Shore 2,000 -8%
Cape Breton 95,000 +7%
Northumberland Shore 53,000 +1%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 85,000 -5%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 19,000 -15%

 

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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