Number of visitors hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments up by almost 9 % in the 1st quarter

15.05.2017

According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), 397.4 thsd visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in the 1st quarter of 2017, which is 8.6 % more than during the first three months of 2016. As compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 6.3 % and reached 784.9 thousand. The average duration of a visitor's stay at an accommodation establishment was 2.0 nights.

Over the 1st quarter of 2017, 264.3 thsd foreign visitors were serviced, which is 9.9 % more than during the respective period of the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by foreign visitors has increased by 6.7 %, reaching 530.0 thsd. Most of the foreign visitors came from Russia (53.9 thsd), Estonia (30.9 thsd), Lithuania (30.8 thsd), Germany (17.3 thsd) and the United Kingdom (16.4 thsd). There has been a significant increase in the number of visitors from Canada (of 182.8 %), Israel (of 148.0 %), the USA (of 43.9 %), Ireland (of 24.9 %), Poland (of 21.0 %), as well as Sweden (of 20.8 %). The number of Russian visitors hosted has grown by 17.0 %. There were less foreign visitors from Finland (by 17.5 %), China (by 16.7 %), Switzerland (by 13.9 %), Ukraine (by 8.6 %), Belgium (by 7.0 %) and Japan (by 6.3 %).

The neighbouring countries of Latvia accounted for 46.9 % of all foreign visitors – 20.4 % were from Russia, 11.7 % from Estonia, 11.6 % from Lithuania and 3.2 % from Belarus.Out of all foreign visitors, 83.7 % stayed in Riga, 6.6 % – in Jūrmala, 1.4 % – in Daugavpils, 1.1 % – in Liepāja and 0.9 % – in Sigulda county.

Number of foreign visitors (thsd) hosted at Latvian accommodation establishments and changes thereof in Q1 2017 as compared to Q1 2016

 

In the 1st quarter of 2017, 133.2 thsd Latvian residents were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 6.0 % more than during the 1st quarter of 2016, whereas the number of nights spent increased by 5.5 % and amounted to 255.0 thsd.

Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (31.7 % of visitors), Jūrmala (13.1 %), Liepāja (8.8 %), Daugavpils (4.6 %), Sigulda county (3.8 %) and Jelgava (2.7 %).

Number of visitors hosted at accommodation establishments and number of nights spent

 

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

Changes %

(Q1 2016/2017)

 

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

TOTAL

397 441

784 945

366 041

738 482

8.6

6.3

of whom:

 

 

 

 

  

Latvian residents

133 164

254 960

125 580

241 576

6.0

5.5

Foreign residents

264 277

529 985

240 461

496 906

9.9

6.7

 

 

 

 

 

  

Russia

53 868

102 543

46 043

90 884

17.0

12.8

Estonia

30 855

45 413

27 441

39 817

12.4

14.1

Lithuania

30 761

48 052

27 382

42 801

12.3

12.3

Germany

17 260

35 089

17 730

38 355

-2.7

-8.5

United Kingdom

16 409

33 696

16 397

34 497

0.1

-2.3

Norway

12 791

27 983

11 615

26 060

10.1

7.1

Finland

11 030

20 777

13 373

25 438

-17.5

-18.3

Sweden

10 743

24 691

8 896

16 584

20.8

48.9

Belarus

8 553

24 539

7 418

27 468

15.3

-10.7

Poland

6 643

11 265

5 490

9 774

21.0

15.3

USA

5 681

11 766

3 949

9 298

43.9

26.5

Ukraine

5 479

12 905

5 992

15 545

-8.6

-17.0

Italy

5 376

10 088

4 842

10 013

11.0

0.7

France

4 420

8 307

3 838

7 648

15.2

8.6

Denmark

3 859

6 877

3 624

7 265

6.5

-5.3

Netherlands

3 483

6 608

3 255

6 761

7.0

-2.3

Belgium

2 541

4 601

2 731

5 806

-7.0

-20.8

Spain

2 505

5 401

2 430

4 759

3.1

13.5

Japan

2 375

3 458

2 534

3 458

-6.3

0.0

Israel

2 371

4 876

956

2 019

148.0

141.5

Ireland

1 805

3 599

1 445

3 002

24.9

19.9

Switzerland

1 762

3 236

2 047

4 879

-13.9

-33.7

Canada

1 697

3 319

600

1 353

182.8

145.3

Uzbekistan

1 686

18 619

1 461

16 209

15.4

14.9

China

1 639

3 865

1 968

4 170

-16.7

-7.3

 

In the 1st quarter of 2017, 263.5 thsd visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments of Riga – 5.6 % more than during the 1st quarter of the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga increased by 7.0 % and amounted to 221.3 thsd. The majority of foreign visitors who came to Riga were from Russia (19.9 %), Estonia (10.3 %), Lithuania (10.0 %), the United Kingdom (7.0 %), Germany (7.0 %) and Norway (5.4 %).

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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More information on data:
Edīte Miezīte
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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