Latvian hotels and other accommodation establishments in the 3rd quarter of 2012
Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments1 in the 3rd quarter of 2012 comprised 591.6 thousand people. In comparison with the 3rd quarter of 2011, there was a small drop – of less than one per cent. 67.6% of all visitors were foreign tourists and 32.4% - residents of Latvia. Shares of visitors were similar also during previous reference periods. Number of Latvian visitors grew by 1.2%, while number of foreign visitors reduced by 1.2%, if compared to the corresponding period of 2011.
The highest share of the foreign tourists stayed in Riga (278.2 thousand persons or 69.5%), in Jūrmala (10.7%) and in Ventspils (3.1%). The highest share of Latvian travellers stayed in Riga (18.0%), Liepāja (9.2%) and Ventspils (5.3%). Regardless the fact that the mentioned cities still have the leading positions, the shares of Roja and Sigulda counties have grown during the 3rd quarter. The number of both foreign and Latvian visitors in these counties, as compared to the 3rd quarter of 2011, has increased by more than 35%.
Foreign visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments by city and county, 3rd quarter of 2012
Highest number of Latvian visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments was recorded in Kurzeme region - 56.2 thousand or 30%. Whereas the share of Latvian visitors in the total visitor number differs in each region. The highest share of Latvian visitors was observed in Zemgale - 80% of total number of visitors in accommodation establishments, in Latgale - 65%, in Vidzeme - 75%, in Kurzeme - 63%, whereas in Pieriga the number comprises 24%, and in Riga - 11% of all visitors.
Shares of foreign visitors in breakdown by region not always are influenced by the neighbouring boundaries. The highest share of neighbouring country visitors in total visitor number was recorded in Kurzeme – there 18% of all visitors came from Lithuania. Only 3% of visitors in Vidzeme came from Estonia, whereas visitors from Germany comprised two times higher number. Share of Russia visitors in Latgale constituted 9%, whereas number of visitors from Poland accounted for 8%.
At the end of the 3rd quarter of 2012, 16.3 thousand rooms and 36.5 thousand beds were available in the accommodation establishments.
The total number of overnight stays in the 3rd quarter of 2012 reached 1270.5 thousand, and it is 2.4% more than in the 3rd quarter of 2011. In the 3rd quarter of this year, foreign visitors on average stayed 2 nights - almost 3% more than during the corresponding period of 2011.
In the 3rd quarter of 2012, total hotel occupancy rate in Latvia varied between 46% and 57%. The highest room occupancy was recorded in July - 57.4%. In July and August occupancy in several four-star hotels of Riga exceeded 90% and even reached 100%.
As compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year, notable rise (33%) was observed in the number of tourists from Russia, showing the benefits from tourism advertising campaigns in Russian market. Also number of visitors from Belorussia and USA rose more than by 25%.
Foreign visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments by country, 3rd quarter of 2012
More information is available in the CSB database.
Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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.
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