The number of foreign visitors in Latvia keeps increasing

24.05.2016

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) in the 1st quarter of 2016 more than 366.0 thsd visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 1.6 % more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to the 1st quarter of 2015, the number of foreign visitors grew by 2.5 %, and the number of nights spent increased by 7.6 %. The average length of a stay of foreign visitors in accommodation establishments was 2.1 nights.

In the 1st quarter of 2016, 240.5 thsd foreign visitors were hosted in accommodation establishments; of them 45.0 % were visitors from the neighbouring countries. As compared to the 1st quarter of 2015, the number of visitors from European Union Member States has increased: from Finland (by 28.0 %), from the United Kingdom (by 16.0 %), from Spain (by 15.2 %), from Germany (by 11.0 %), from Lithuania (by 3.5 %), and from Estonia (by 2.3 %). In the 1st quarter of 2016 the number of visitors from Russia grew by 3.2 %.

Of all foreign visitors 86.0% stayed in Riga, 5.5 % - in Jūrmala, 1.2 % - in Liepāja, and 0.9 % of foreign visitors stayed in Daugavpils and Sigulda county.

Number and changes in the number of foreign visitors (thsd) in Latvian accommodation establishments, 2015 and 1st quarter of 2016

In the 1st quarter of 2016 there were 249.4 thsd visitors hosted in accommodation establishments in Riga, which is 6.2 % more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga increased by 5.5 %. The majority of foreign visitors came from Russia (18.7 %), Estonia (10.1 %), Lithuania (9.8 %), Germany (7.7 %), the United Kingdom (7.5 %) Finland (6.0 %), and Norway (5.4 %).

In the 1st quarter of 2016, 125.6 thsd Latvian residents were hosted in tourist accommodation establishments. As compared to the 1st quarter of 2015 the number of Latvian residents hosted in tourist accommodation establishments has not changed significantly (decrease of 0.2 %), while the number of nights spent has grown by 4.1 %. Mostly Latvian residents stayed in Riga (34.0 % of visitors), in Jūrmala (10.5 %), in Liepāja (8.4 %), in Daugavpils (4.0 %), and in Sigulda county (3.9 %).

Number of visitors hosted in tourist accommodation establishments and the number of nights spent

 

Q1  2015 

Q1 2016

Changes %

(2016/Q1 2015)

 

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

TOTAL

360 451

693 680

366 041

738 482

1.6

6.5

of which:

      

Latvian residents

125 851

231 970

125 580

241 576

-0.2

4.1

Foreign residents

234 600

461 710

240 461

496 906

2.5

7.6

 

      

Russia

44 619

85 725

46 043

90 884

3.2

6.0

Estonia

26 824

39 843

27 441

39 817

2.3

-0.1

Lithuania

26 464

41 054

27 382

42 801

3.5

4.3

Germany

15 979

33 624

17 730

38 355

11.0

14.1

United Kingdom

14 138

25 219

16 397

34 497

16.0

36.8

Finland

10 451

19 524

13 373

25 438

28.0

30.3

Norway

13 511

24 884

11 615

26 060

-14.0

4.7

Sweden

9 330

15 963

8 896

16 584

-4.7

3.9

Belarus

7 654

24 805

7 418

27 468

-3.1

10.7

Ukraine

4 530

11 553

5 992

15 545

32.3

34.6

Poland

6 526

14 146

5 490

9 774

-15.9

-30.9

Italy

4 925

9 378

4 842

10 013

-1.7

6.8

USA

3 923

9 388

3 949

9 298

0.7

-1.0

France

4 086

8 063

3 838

7 648

-6.1

-5.1

Denmark

3 970

7 249

3 624

7 265

-8.7

0.2

the Netherlands

4 223

8 432

3 255

6 761

-22.9

-19.8

Belgium

4 174

7 494

2 731

5 806

-34.6

-22.5

Japan

1 605

2 046

2 534

3 458

57.9

69.0

Spain

2 110

3 764

2 430

4 759

15.2

26.4

Switzerland

1 420

3 025

2 047

4 879

44.2

61.3

China

1 379

2 611

1 968

4 170

42.7

59.7

Austria

1 627

3 011

1 523

2 830

-6.4

-6.0

Ireland

1 559

2 922

1 445

3 002

-7.3

2.7

Czech Republic

1 612

3 872

1 277

2 794

-20.8

-27.8

Turkey

1 245

2 667

1 233

3 041

-1.0

14.0

More information on tourism statistics is available in the CSB website section Tourisms - Key Indicators. The data have been published in the CSB database section Tourism (short-term statistical data and annual statistical data).

 

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