Number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments has increased

25.08.2014

According to the data of Central Statistical Bureau, the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments1 in the 2nd quarter of this year comprised 564.0 thousand people, which is 19.7% more than in the 2nd quarter of the last year. Of which 69.8% were foreign tourists and 30.2% – residents of Latvia. Similar breakdown of visitors was also in the previous quarters. Increase in the number of foreign visitors comprised 19.9%, but in the number of Latvian travellers – 19.4% if compared to the 2nd quarter of the previous year.

The highest share of the foreign tourists stayed in Rīga – 78.7%, in Jūrmala – 9.4% and in Sigulda county – 1.8%. The highest share of the Latvian residents stayed in Rīga – 21.3%, Liepāja – 8.1% and Jūrmala – 7.2%.

Visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments in breakdown by city and county, 2nd quarter of 2014

Foreign visitorsLatvian population

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

In the 2nd quarter of 2014 the total number of nights spent in accommodation establishment comprised 1.1 mln, which is 13.2% more than in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Average length of stay of foreign visitors in the 2nd quarter comprised 2.0 nights.

At the end of the 2nd quarter 16.5 thsd rooms and 39.5 thsd beds were available in the accommodation establishments. Number of rooms and beds not available in low season is not included in the total number.

Total room occupancy in Latvia in the 2nd quarter varied between 42% to 59%. The highest room occupancy was in June both in Latvia in general – 59.2%, and in Rīga – 70.5%. Analyzing hotel occupancy rate by stars granted, the highest room occupancy in this quarter was in Rīga’s five-star hotels with 78.9% in June.

As compared to the 2nd quarter of the previous year, the number of tourists from neighbouring countries has increased: from Belarus – by 26.8%, from Estonia – by 24.5%, from Lithuania – by 9.5% and from Russia – by 6.1%. Visitors from neighbouring countries comprised 35.8% of the total number of foreign visitors. Significant increase in this quarter was observed in the number of visitors from Austria – 53.2%, Germany – 45.1%, Ukraine – 38.8% and the United Kingdom – 36.9%. From countries mentioned and depicted below for the longest period of time in Latvian accommodation establishments stayed visitors from Belarus (3.3 nights), Ukraine (2.6 nights) and Austria (2.1 nights).

Foreign visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments by country, 2nd quarter of 2014  

Data source: Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

More detailed information on the results of the survey and methodology is available in the CSB database Tourism.

 

More information:
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Ilze Ķerus
Tel. +371 67366778

 

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1 Every month CSB carries out survey on hotels and other accommodation establishments which compiles information on Latvian accommodation establishments, excluding State specialized sanatoriums and convalescent homes, which provide health care services for State.