Latvian hotels and other accommodation establishments in 4th quarter of 2008

23.02.2009

In comparison with 4th quarter of 2007, number of visitors in hotels and other collective accommodation establishments¹ in the 4th quarter of 2008 decreased by 9% and comprised 279.7 thsd people, according to Central Statistical Bureau. Of which 40% were residents of Latvia and 60% – foreign tourists. The highest share of the foreign tourists stayed in Riga – 85% and Jurmala – 6%. The highest share of the Latvian residents stayed in Riga – 28%, Liepaja – 10% and Riga district – 8%.

In the 4th quarter of 2008 491 active hotel and other collective accommodation establishment was surveyed. In the same period of 2007 400 hotels and other collective accommodation establishments were surveyed.

At the end of 4th quarter of 2008 the number of surveyed hotels was 205 which is more by 37 hotels than in the same period of previous year.

In Riga 118 collective accommodation establishments were surveyed, of which 82 were hotels, in Jurmala – 42 collective accommodation establishments, of which 18 were hotels.

At the end of 4th quarter 13.6 thsd rooms and 29.6 thsd beds were available in accommodation establishments, in the 4th quarter of previous year 11.5 thsd rooms and 25.7 thsd beds were available.

Compared to the same period of 2007, in the 4th quarter of 2008, hotel room and bed occupancy rate² in Latvia and Riga has decreased.

Hotel use indicators (in per cent)

2007

2008

October

November

December

October

November

December

Bed occupancy rate (%)

Latvia

33.1

29.4

28.0

30.3

27.1

23.6

Riga

45.1

37.8

33.2

39.6

34.0

29.7

Room occupancy rate (%)

Latvia

42.4

38.1

34.8

38.0

34.0

28.8

Riga

58.0

49.5

42.1

49.2

42.3

35.5

Foreign visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments in breakdown by countries

¹ Every month Central Statistical Bureau every month carries out survey on hotels and other collective accommodation establishments which compiles information on Latvian collective accommodation establishments, excluding State specialized sanatoriums and convalescent homes, which provide health care services for State. The survey includes hotels with at least 10 rooms and other collective accommodation establishments with at least 5 rooms.

² Bed and room occupancy rates are monthly indicators.

Prepared by Transport and Tourism Statistics section
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