St. John’s is one of the oldest cities in North America. A rich history, natural beauty and high-quality amenities, coupled with some of the greatest hospitality on the planet, makes St. John’s a hot tourism destination. Historic sites, festivals and events, arts and culture and the great outdoors are all part of the tourism experience.
Passenger traffic reached a record high at St. John's International Airport in 2014 with the number of passenger movements increasing 6.0% to over 1.5 million. St. John’s welcomed 17 cruise ships in 2014, hosted 24,931 cruise passengers and crew (up 29.2% from 2013), and the cruise industry contributed $2.1 million to the local economy. The average St. John's hotel occupancy rate declined to 67.3% in 2014 as new hotel construction influenced the comparison of the year over year change in occupancy rate. The average room rate increased to $150.37 per night in 2014 from $143.79 in 2013.
The City of St. John's has identified tourism as a strategic sector in Roadmap 2021: A Strategic Economic Plan for St. John's.
For additional statistics and information on the tourism sector in St. John’s, refer to the Visiting our City section of the website.