Latvian hotels and other accommodation establishments in the 1st quarter of 2012

23.05.2012

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments1 in the 1st quarter of 2012 comprised 284.6 thousand people, which is 15.2% more than in the 1st quarter of 2011. Of which 63.6% were foreign guests and 36.4% - residents of Latvia. This percentage was similar also in the previous reporting periods. The number of both – foreign and Latvian guests increased by 15%, as compared to the corresponding period of 2011.
The total number of overnight stays in the 1st quarter of 2012 reached 610.8 thousand, and it is 15% more than in the 1st quarter of 2011.
Out of the total number of foreign tourists, 150 thousand or 82.7% stayed in Riga, 6.6% in Jūrmala and 2.1% in Liepāja. The majority of Latvian travellers stayed in Riga (27.1%), Liepāja (10.5%) and Jūrmala (8.6%). Although the position of the three previously mentioned cities in the structure of accommodation establishments does not change significantly, this year the share of Daugavpils - the largest city in Latgale – tends to grow, as the number of accommodated foreign and Latvian visitors increased by almost 50% as compared to the 1st quarter 2011.
By the end of the 1st quarter of 2012, 19.3 thousand rooms and 39.4 thousand beds were available in the accommodation establishments.
The total hotel occupancy rate in Latvia in the 1st quarter of 2012 varied from 20 – 30%. The highest room occupancy rate was recorded in January – 30.2%, which is 5 percentage points more as compared to the previous year. In January the room occupancy rate in Riga was on average 35.4%, reaching even 76% in several four-star hotels. In its turn, the highest occupancy rate outside Riga was in Valmiera, Smiltene and Amata county, where it significantly exceeded the average indicator in Latvia.
The average length of stay of foreign visitors in the 1st quarter of 2012 comprised 2.2 nights, which is 2% more as compared to the corresponding period in 2011.
As compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year the number of visitors from Russia increased by almost 36%, which approves the efficiency of the tourism advertising campaigns in the Russian market.

Foreign visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments in breakdown by country in the 1st quarter of 2012

More detailed information will be available in the CSB database from 23 May 2012.

Prepared by Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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Edīte Miezīte
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¹ Each month the CSB carries out a survey on hotels and other accommodation establishments, compiling information on the Latvian accommodation establishments, excluding state specialised sanatoriums and convalescent homes, which provide public health care services. The survey includes hotels with at least 4 rooms and other collective accommodation establishments with at least 5 rooms.