The number of people staying at hotels has grown by 6.1 % over the year

24.08.2016

According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), there were 612.9 thsd visitors who stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments during the 2nd quarter of 2016, which was 6.1 % more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to the 2nd quarter of 2015, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 6.6 %. On average, visitors stayed 1.9 nights in accommodation establishments.

In the 2nd quarter of 2016, 432.7 thsd foreign visitors were hosted in accommodation establishments, of whom 29.6 % were visitors from neighbouring countries – 10.9 % from Russia, 8.6 % from Lithuania, 8.1 % from Estonia and 2.0 % from Belarus.

As compared to the 2nd quarter of 2015, the number of foreign visitors has increased by 5.1 %, and the number of nights spent by them in Latvia has grown by 4.5 %.There has been a significant increase in the number of visitors from the USA (of 56.6 %), Spain (of 33.4 %), the United Kingdom (of 27.0 %), as well as Lithuania (of 17.9 %), Poland (of 17.4 %) and Finland (of 13.5 %). The number of visitors from Russia has remained at the level of the 2nd quarter of the previous year (an increase of 0.1 %).

Out of all the foreign visitors 80.8 % stayed in Riga, 6.7 % – in Jūrmala, 1.5 % – in Liepāja, 1.4 % – in Sigulda county, 1.2 % – in Ventspils and 1.1 % – in Daugavpils.

Number and changes in the number of foreign visitors (thsd) staying in Latvian accommodation establishments; 2nd quarter of 2015 and 2016

During the 2nd quarter of 2016, 180.3 thsd Latvian residents stayed in tourist accommodation establishments, and that was 8.7 % more than during the 2nd quarter of 2015, whereas the number of nights spent grew by 12.1 %. The most popular destinations among Latvian residents were Riga (24.2 % of visitors), Liepāja (8.0 %), Jūrmala (6.9 %), Ventspils (4.0 %) and Daugavpils (3.7 %).

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

 

Q2 2015

Q2 2016

Changes % (Q2 2015/2016)

 

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

TOTAL

577 565

1 081 895

612 948

1 153 478

6.1

6.6

of whom:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latvian residents

165 838

301 348

180 289

337 765

8.7

12.1

Foreign residents

411 727

780 547

432 659

815 713

5.1

4.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany

56 469

106 661

61 887

111 661

9.6

4.7

Russia

47 259

94 995

47 304

99 159

0.1

4.4

Lithuania

31 364

50 368

36 975

59 044

17.9

17.2

Estonia

32 667

47 904

34 908

52 037

6.9

8.6

Finland

25 634

46 588

29 101

52 841

13.5

13.4

United Kingdom

17 677

35 471

22 441

45 459

27.0

28.2

Norway

21 487

42 174

20 441

41 814

-4.9

-0.9

Sweden

20 300

33 980

19 217

30 933

-5.3

-9.0

USA

10 204

19 994

15 984

30 303

56.6

51.6

Poland

13 017

20 666

15 283

23 132

17.4

11.9

France

10 885

20 826

11 510

21 546

5.7

3.5

Italy

10 536

19 506

11 273

20 390

7.0

4.5

Spain

6 810

12 035

9 087

14 612

33.4

21.4

Belarus

8 095

28 279

8 800

31 212

8.7

10.4

Ukraine

6 375

16 576

8 494

17 998

33.2

8.6

Japan

7 874

10 592

8 007

10 989

1.7

3.7

the Netherlands

9 814

19 154

7 655

15 024

-22.0

-21.6

Denmark

7 399

14 554

6 339

11 728

-14.3

-19.4

Switzerland

5 999

11 785

5 286

10 183

-11.9

-13.6

China

4 003

6 699

5 141

7 983

28.4

19.2

Austria

4 419

8 322

4 659

7 863

5.4

-5.5

Belgium

7 376

13 624

4 503

9 086

-39.0

-33.3

Turkey

3 134

5 656

3 293

6 202

5.1

9.7

Israel

2 287

4 594

2 918

6 844

27.6

49.0

Czech Republic

2 827

5 193

2 425

4 539

-14.2

-12.6

 
In the 2nd quarter of 2016, there were 393.1 thsd visitors hosted in the accommodation establishments of Riga, which was 5.5 % more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga has increased by 4.6 %. The majority of foreign visitors who came to Riga were from Germany (14.8 %), Russia (9.7 %), Finland (6.8 %), Estonia (6.6 %), the United Kingdom (5.9 %), Lithuania (5.9 %) and Norway (5.5 %).

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

 

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