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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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January 06, 2023

Tourism October 2022 vs October 2019

Nova Scotia’s tourism declined 14.1% in October 2022 compared to same period in 2019. Domestic tourists declined 6.2% and international tourism decreased by 45.7% in October 2022. Canada’s tourism decreased 2.0% in October 2022. Domestic tourism in Canada decreased 3.4% while international tourism in Canada increased 1.8% in October 2022. Out of the ten provinces, Prince Edward Island recorded an increase of 1,565.8% in the overall tourism. Nova Scotia had the greatest decrease in overall tourism. Domestic tourism grew in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia with the largest decline in New Brunswick. International tourism declined in all provinces except a growth in Prince Edward Island (+3,927.9%), 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 and Newfoundland and Labrador. Domestic tourism follows a similar trend to the overall tourism. For domestic tourism activity, Canada is much closer to recovery to pre pandemic levels while three of the provinces showed growth in October 2022 comparing to 2019. International tourism recovered at a slower pace with significant growth starting in July 2021. Following growth in the summer of 2022, there was a rapid decline for most provinces at the start of 2022, but international tourism has picked up since then and is back on the path to recovery. Canada's international tourism exceeded pre-pandemic levels in October 2022.

Tourism activity levels were at their highest level since February 2020 for most provinces in October 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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