Over 6 years, visitor number at tourist accommodation establishments up by 1 million

15.02.2017

In 2016, 2.3 million visitors were hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments, which was 7.7 % more than the year before. According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), the respective indicator has increased by 75 % from the 1.3 million hosted in 2010. As compared to 2015, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 7.5 %. The average duration of a visitor's stay at an accommodation establishment was 1.9 nights.

In 2016, 1.57 million foreign visitors were hosted at accommodation establishments, and this figure has grown by 6.7 % in comparison to 2015. The number of nights spent by foreign visitors has increased by 5.9 %. Most of the foreign visitors came from Russia (208.8 thsd), Germany (187.8 thsd) and the Baltic neighbour states – Lithuania (158.8 thsd) and Estonia (145.3 thsd). There has been a significant increase in the number of visitors from China (of 57.8 %), the USA (33.9 %), Israel (27.5 %), the United Kingdom (22.7 %), Spain (21.6 %) and Finland (21.5 %). Slight growth was experienced in the number of visitors from Russia – of 2.5 %. In turn, there were less foreign visitors from Belgium (by 25.4 %), the Netherlands (8.4 %), Norway (4.7 %) , Sweden (3.6 %) and the Czech Republic (3.2 %).

The neighbouring countries of Latvia accounted for 34.9 % of all foreign visitors – 13.3 % were from Russia, 10.1 % from Lithuania, 9.2 % from Estonia and 2.3 % from Belarus.Of all foreign visitors, 79.3 % stayed in Riga, 7.3 % – in Jūrmala, 1.7 % – in Liepāja, 1.6 % – in Ventspils, 1.4 % – in Sigulda county and 1.1 % – in Daugavpils.

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

In 2016, 730.0 thsd Latvian residents were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which was 9.8 % more than in 2015, whereas the number of nights spent increased by 11.0 %, reaching 1.37 million.

The most popular destinations among Latvian residents were Riga (24.7 % of visitors), Liepāja (8.2 %), Jūrmala (7.7 %), Ventspils (4.1 %), Sigulda county (3.6 %), Daugavpils (3.5 %), Engure county (3.2 %) and Kuldīga county (3.1 %).

In 2016, 85.4 % of visitors stayed at hotels and similar accommodation establishments, 11.1 % chose guest houses and other short-stay accommodation, whereas 3.5 % stayed at camping grounds and trailer parks.

 

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

 

2015

2016

Changes % (2016/2015)

 

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

Number of visitors

Number of nights

TOTAL

2 139 393

4 109 910

2 303 643

4 416 597

7.7

7.5

of whom:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latvian residents

664 628

1 236 025

730 011

1 372 065

9.8

11.0

Foreign residents

1 474 765

2 873 885

1 573 632

3 044 532

6.7

5.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia

203 732

419 322

208 810

440 862

2.5

5.1

Germany

178 584

338 250

187 820

350 002

5.2

3.5

Lithuania

145 023

244 243

158 783

261 370

9.5

7.0

Estonia

139 420

206 925

145 328

212 357

4.2

2.6

Finland

82 863

150 589

100 698

182 478

21.5

21.2

United Kingdom

69 404

137 489

85 139

168 111

22.7

22.3

Norway

74 201

151 949

70 729

146 211

-4.7

-3.8

Sweden

70 550

118 967

68 039

114 667

-3.6

-3.6

Poland

41 643

70 044

45 131

71 376

8.4

1.9

Italy

39 278

76 032

43 320

79 314

10.3

4.3

USA

31 017

68 096

41 517

87 149

33.9

28.0

Belarus

34 684

112 097

35 429

122 446

2.1

9.2

France

31 878

62 192

34 151

64 395

7.1

3.5

Spain

25 922

45 763

31 513

55 039

21.6

20.3

Ukraine

24 919

68 474

29 479

71 770

18.3

4.8

Netherlands

29 732

59 777

27 245

51 602

-8.4

-13.7

Japan

21 575

30 033

23 191

32 387

7.5

7.8

Denmark

22 579

44 527

22 986

44 850

1.8

0.7

China

13 022

20 940

20 549

34 171

57.8

63.2

Switzerland

18 287

36 321

18 591

36 996

1.7

1.9

Belgium

21 197

40 911

15 815

31 425

-25.4

-23.2

Austria

13 528

24 539

14 017

24 354

3.6

-0.8

Israel

10 421

23 711

13 284

33 879

27.5

42.9

Turkey

9 640

17 881

10 934

21 035

13.4

17.6

Czech Republic

9 440

18 266

9 138

16 743

-3.2

-8.3

 

 

In 2016, 1.43 million visitors were hosted at accommodation establishments of Riga, which was 7.1 % more than during the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga has grown by 7.0 %. The majority of foreign visitors who came to Riga were from Germany (12.2 %), Russia (11.9 %), Estonia (7.9 %), Lithuania (7.0 %), Finland (6.8 %), the United Kingdom (6.2 %) and Norway (5.3 %).

Over the 4th quarter of 2016, there were 462.3 thsd visitors who stayed at hotels and other tourist accommodation establishments, which was 10.2 % more than in the 4th quarter of 2015. The number of foreign visitorsgrew by 10.8 %, amounting to 315.6 thsd, whereas the number of Latvian visitors increased by 9.2 % in comparison to the respective period of 2015 and constituted 146.8 thsd.

In the 4th quarter of 2016, the majority of visitors hosted at tourist accommodation establishments came from Russia – 14.9 %, Estonia – 11.2 %, Lithuania – 10.3 %, Germany – 8.0 %, the United Kingdom – 6.1 %. Finland – 5.8 % and Norway – 5.6 %.

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
E-mail: Edite [dot] Miezite [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv
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