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Tourism Performance

November 2017 Visitation Statistics

Nova Scotia welcomed an additional 6,000 non-resident visitors in November 2017, an increase of 5% from November 2016. November saw growth in visitation by both air (+6%) and road (+4%).

Year-to-date November 2017, non-resident overnight visitation to Nova Scotia is up by 9% compared with 2016, with increases in visitation observed across both road (+7%) and air (+12%).

Visitor Origin YTD November 2017 Non-resident Visitors Change vs. 2016
CANADA 1,974,000 +8% +154,000
Atlantic Canada 1,058,000 +2% +20,000
Quebec 128,000 +22% +23,000
Ontario 597,000 +16% +81,000
Western Canada 191,000 +18% +30,000
UNITED STATES 236,000 +10% +21,000
OVERSEAS 87,000 +10% +8,000
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 November 2017, licensed room nights sold of 177,000 increased by 3% from the same period in 2016. The occupancy rate increased by 1 percentage points to 52%.

Region November 2017 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2016
Halifax 111,000 +4%
South Shore 9,000 +6%
Eastern Shore 1,000 +139%
Cape Breton Island 21,000 -9%
Northumberland Shore 11,000 +4%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 20,000 +8%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 4,000 +5%

Year-to-date, licensed room nights sold in Nova Scotia of 2,637,000 are up 2% compared with the same period in 2016. The occupancy rate, meanwhile, increased by 3 percentage points to 57%.

Region YTD November 2017 Licensed
Room Nights Sold
% Change vs. 2016
Halifax 1,372,000 -1%
South Shore 177,000 +3%
Eastern Shore 20,000 +12%
Cape Breton Island 462,000 +5%
Northumberland Shore 194,000 +4%
Bay of Fundy & Annapolis Valley 348,000 +10%
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores 64,000 +3%

The preliminary estimate of tourism revenues for year-to-date November 2017 is $2.6 billion, compared with $2.4 billion in 2016.

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