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December 05, 2022

Tourism September 2022 vs September 2019

Nova Scotia’s tourism declined 20.9% in September 2022 compared to same period in 2019. Domestic tourists declined 10.8% and international tourism decreased by 48.3% in September 2022. Canada’s tourism decreased 6.1% in September 2022. Domestic and international tourism in Canada decreased in September by 3.1% and 13.0% respectively. Out of the ten provinces, Prince Edward Island recorded an increase of 525.5% in the overall tourism. Nova Scotia had the greatest decrease in overall tourism. Domestic tourism grew in Newfoundland and Labrador and British Columbia with the greatest decline in Nova Scotia. International tourism declined in all provinces except a growth in Prince Edward Island (+2,514.0%), with the greatest decrease in Nova Scotia. 

Overall, tourism activity is gradually recovering, although Canada and most of the provinces remain below the 2019 levels except Prince Edward Island. Domestic tourism follows a similar trend to the overall tourism. In this case, Canada is much closer to recovery to pre pandemic levels while two of the provinces showed growth in September 2022 comparing to 2019. International tourism recovered at a slower pace and significant growth changes started in July 2021. Following growth, in January 2022 there was a rapid decline for most provinces, but international tourism has picked up since then and is back on the path to recovery.

Tourism activity levels were at their highest level since February 2020 for most provinces in September 2022, with Prince Edward Island greatly exceeding pre pandemic levels. The measurement anomaly was created by the return of the cruise ship visits in the summer of 2022.

Notes: Statistics Canada's "Canadian Tourism Activity Tracker" illustrates the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism activity.  The data compares the latest reference period and the same month in 2019, prior to the pandemic.  This provides a snapshot of how tourism activity has changed, including air travel, surface travel, hotels/accommodations, spending and trip duration.  Tourism activity is monitored for both domestic travellers (those travelling within Canada, including within province more than 40 km from home) as well as inbound travellers from international sources.  Overall tourism is estimated as a weighted average of domestic and inbound tourism activities.

Source: Statistics Canada. Table 24-10-0049-01  Canadian Tourism Activity Tracker and Grouped Data SourcesCanadian Tourism Activity Tracker

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