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Number of visitors hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments has grown by 11.3 %

Latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that 772.3 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in the 2nd quarter of 2018, which is 11.3 % more than in the 2nd quarter of 2017. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 8.8 %, reaching 1.43 million. The average length of stay comprised 2 nights.

Over the 2nd quarter of 2018, 538.3 thousand foreign visitors were hosted, which is 8.7 % more than in the 2nd quarter of the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them increased by 9.6 %, reaching 1.02 million nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Germany (71 thousand), Russia (60.5 thousand), Lithuania (49.1 thousand), Estonia (40.2 thousand), Finland (33.8 thousand) and the United Kingdom (29.4 thousand).

In the 2nd quarter of 2018, significant increase was observed in the number of visitors coming from Ukraine (43.7 %), Austria (26.7 %), Japan (22.4 %), Poland (22.2 %) and Switzerland (20.7 %). A drop was observed in the number of visitors coming from Sweden (5.1 %), Norway (4.2 %), Finland (3.1 %) and Netherlands (3.1 %).

Out of the total number of foreign visitors, 29.8 % or 160.4 thousand came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – Russia (11.2 %), Lithuania (9.1 %), Estonia (7.5 %) and Belarus (2 %).

Out of all foreign visitors, majority (77.9 %) stayed in Riga, 8.2 % – in Jūrmala, 1.7 % – in Liepāja, 1.6 % – in Sigulda county and 1.5 % – in Daugavpils.

Number of foreign visitors hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments and changes thereof
(2nd quarter of 2017 and 2018, thousand

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In the 2nd quarter of 2018, 234.1 thousand Latvian visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments – 17.7 % more than during the 2nd quarter of 2017, but the number of nights spent increased by 7.1 % and comprised 416.9 million.

Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (27.4 % of visitors), Jūrmala (8.4 %), Liepāja (7.5 %), Daugavpils (4.3 %), Ventspils (2.7 %) and Sigulda county (2.4 %).

Number of visitors hosted and nights spent at accommodation establishments

 

2nd quarter of 2018

2nd quarter of 2017

Changes, % (2nd quarter of 2018/2017)

 

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

TOTAL

772 332

1 434 638

694 169

1 318 112

11.3

8.8

Latvian residents

234 070

416 912

198 871

389 259

17.7

7.1

Foreign residents

538 262

1 017 726

495 298

928 853

8.7

9.6

Germany

70 955

132 291

66 718

125 503

6.4

5.4

Russia

60 481

124 661

56 439

113 387

7.2

9.9

Lithuania

49 145

76 966

42 363

67 270

16.0

14.4

Estonia

40 160

59 329

39 559

55 580

1.5

6.7

Finland

33 801

60 440

34 882

64 791

- 3 1

- 6.7

United Kingdom

29 430

57 905

25 383

48 954

15.9

18.3

Sweden

22 568

44 642

23 785

45 173

- 5.1

- 1.2

Poland

20 117

31 441

16 462

24 853

22.2

26.5

Norway

18 365

36 717

19 179

37 947

- 4,2

- 3.2

USA

18 314

38 808

15 560

30 992

17.7

25.2

France

16 286

30 087

13 789

24 747

18.1

21.6

Italy

11 956

20 906

11 164

19 882

7.1

5.2

Ukraine

11 254

20 144

7 834

14 802

43.7

36.1

Belarus

10 626

29 396

9 052

26 362

17.4

11.5

Japan

10 476

14 106

8 561

11 040

22.4

27.8

Spain

10 234

18 512

9 078

15 598

12.7

18.7

Denmark

9 172

17 172

7 919

14 582

15.8

17.8

Netherlands

8 726

17 115

9 007

17 974

- 3.1

- 4.8

Canada

7 379

11 378

6 925

9 695

6.6

17.4

China

7 117

11 340

6 846

10 788

4.0

5.1

Switzerland

6 897

13 222

5 713

10 873

20.7

21.6

Austria

6 080

11 146

4 800

8 496

26.7

31.2

Belgium

5 229

10 088

4 698

9 134

11.3

10.4

Over the 2nd quarter of 2018, 483.6 thousand visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments in Riga – 9.6 % more than during the 2nd quarter of the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga rose by 6.5 %, amounting to 419.5 thousand. The majority of foreign visitors hosted in Riga came from Germany (13.3 %), Russia (9.6 %), the United Kingdom (6.4 %), Lithuania (6.4 %), Finland (6.3 %) and Estonia (6.0 %).

More tourism statistics is available in the CSB website section Tourism.

Media requests:
Communication Section
E-mail: media@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366621, +371 27880666

More information on data:
Edīte Miezīte
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
E-mail: Edite.Miezite@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366810

 

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