The number of tourists from Russia and Belarus continues increasing
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments1 in the 4th quarter of 2012 comprised 342.1 thousand people. As compared to the 4th quarter of 2011 the number of served guests increased by 4.4%.65.2% were foreign guests and 34.8% Latvian visitors.This guest structure was similar also in the previous reference periods.The number of Latvian travellers rose by 4.3% and the number of foreign guests – by 4.5% as compared to the corresponding period in 2011.
Out of the total number of foreign tourists 189.3 thousand or 84.9% stayed in Riga, 5.7% in Jūrmala and 1.6% in Liepāja.The majority of the Latvian travellers stayed in Riga (28.2%), Liepāja (10.8%) and Jūrmala (5.9%).Although the position of the three previously mentioned cities in the composition of accommodation establishments did not change significantly, in this quarter as compared to the 4th quarter of 2011 the share of Daugavpils tended to grow, as the number of accommodated visitors increased by 21%.
Foreign visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments in breakdown by city and county in the 4th quarter of 2012
By the end of the 4th quarter of 2012, 16.2 thousand rooms and 36.9 thousand beds were available in the accommodation establishments.
The total number of overnight stays in the 4th quarter of 2012 reached 755.8 thousand, and it is 12.3% more than in the 4th quarter of 2011.The average length of a stay of foreign visitors in the 4th quarter of 2012 comprised 2.2 nights, which is almost 10% more as compared to the corresponding period in 2011.
The total hotel occupancy rate in Latvia in the 4th quarter of 2012 varied from 33 – 38%.The highest room occupancy rate was recorded in October – 38.1%.
The highest room occupancy rate in Riga was in October - 47.1%, followed by November - 44.1% and December - 41%.Analysing the occupancy rate by stars, in this quarter the highest occupancy rate was recorded in five-star hotels, reaching 57.5% in November.
Like in the previous quarters, also in the 4th quarter the number of visitors from Russia (by 29%) and Belarus (by 70%) kept increasing, as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.
Out of the countries indicated in the picture below, tourists from Belarus and Norway spent the longest time in Latvia - 4 and 2.4 nights, respectively.
Foreign visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments in breakdown by country in the 4th quarter of 2012
The number of visitors in 2012 comprised 1.6 million people, who altogether spent 3.5 million nights in hotels and other accommodation establishments. As compared to 2011, the number of served guests increased by 3.8%, and the number of overnight stays – by 7.7%.In 2012 the number of overnight stays reached the highest point in the last ten years.
As compared to 2011, the number of foreign guests from Russia increased by 33%, from Germany – by 7% and from Estonia - by 6%, and these are the identified priority markets of the Latvian tourism industry. In its turn, decrease was recorded in the number of visitors from the Scandinavian countries (Finland - 18%, Sweden - 18%, Norway - 6%).
The highest room occupancy rate both - in all hotels in Latvia and in Riga separately was recorded in July and August, where in August in Riga this rate reached 65.4%.In hotels in Latvia the room occupancy rate was the highest in July and reached 57.4%.
Overnight stays in hotels and other accommodation establishments in breakdown by city and county in 2012
More detailed information is available in the CSB database.
Prepared by Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
1 Each month the CSB conducts 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.
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