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In the 1st quarter, drop of 13.1 % in the number of visitors in tourist accommodation establishments in Latvia

Latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that in the 1st quarter of 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 399.5 thousand which is 13.1 % less than in the 1st quarter of 2019. As compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 10.5 % and comprised 815.9 thousand nights. Visitors spent an average of 2 nights at tourist accommodation establishments.

In 1st quarter of 2020 the number of foreign visitors comprised 255.1 thousand, which is 15.5 % less than in the 1st quarter of last year, but the number of nights spent by foreign visitors has decreased by 12 % and comprised 542.6 thousand nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Russia (60.7 thousand), Lithuania (29 thousand), Estonia (25.9 thousand), Germany (17.2 thousand), United Kingdom (16 thousand), Finland (9.5 thousand), Sweden (8.8 thousand) and Norway (8.3 thousand).

Out of foreign visitors 48.1 % or 122.7 thousand came from neighbouring countries – Russia (23.8 %), Lithuania (11.4 %), Estonia (10.2 %) and Belarus (2.8 %).

In the 1st quarter of 2020 there was an increase in the number of visitors from Russia (of 4.6 %), but decrease was observed in the number of visitors from Norway (of 33.3 %), Germany (of 30.8 %), Finland (of 29 %), Estonia (of 26.9 %), Netherlands (of 26.9 %), Canada (of 26.8 %), Japan (of 25.8 %), Sweden (of 25.2 %) and other countries.

The largest share of foreign visitors stayed in Riga (83.2 %), Jūrmala (6.8 %), Daugavpils (1.6 %), Liepāja (1.5 %), Mārupe county (1 %), Sigulda county (0.9 %), Rēzekne and Valmiera (0.5 %). 

In the 1st quarter of 2020, 144.4 thousand Latvian visitors were hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments and that is 8.7 % less than during the 1st quarter of 2019; number of nights spent has reduced by 7.2 % and amounted to 273.3 thousand.

Latvian visitors stayed mostly in Riga (32.3 %), Jūrmala (14 %), Liepāja (8.3 %), Daugavpils (4.9 %), Sigulda county (3.3 %), Ventspils (2.4 %) and Rēzekne (1.9 %).

Number of visitors hosted and nights spent at accommodation establishments

 

Q1 2020

Q1 2019

Changes, % (Q1 2020, compared to Q1 2019)

 

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

TOTAL

399 548

815 917

459 913

911 410

-13.1

-10.5

Latvian visitors

144 428

273 290

158 137

294 544

-8.7

-7.2

foreign visitors

255 120

542 627

301 776

616 866

-15.5

-12.0

Russia

60 716

129 287

58 051

114 363

4.6

13.0

Lithuania

29 002

47 280

35 832

59 497

-19.1

-20.5

Estonia

25 913

41 015

35 446

53 695

-26.9

-23.6

Germany

17 200

35 210

24 841

48 475

-30.8

-27.4

United Kingdom

15 990

32 573

18 381

38 802

-13.0

-16.1

Finland

9 511

17 636

13 395

24 202

-29.0

-27.1

Sweden

8 770

22 460

11 729

28 048

-25.2

-19.9

Norway

8 343

16 582

12 503

24 663

-33.3

-32.8

Ukraine

7 180

15 705

7 734

16 860

-7.2

-6.9

Belarus

7 034

23 398

7 755

26 226

-9.3

-10.8

Poland

6 973

12 569

8 461

13 800

-17.6

-8.9

USA

5 301

8 932

4 361

10 002

21.6

-10.7

Italy

4 592

8 349

5 528

10 422

-16.9

-19.9

France

3 882

7 427

4 650

8 962

-16.5

-17.1

Canada

3 813

5 425

5 209

6 316

-26.8

-14.1

Denmark

3 589

7 788

4 709

9 979

-23.8

-22.0

Netherlands

3 284

6 391

4 492

8 968

-26.9

-28.7

Belgium

2 255

3 926

2 586

4 898

-12.8

-19.8

Ireland

2 245

4 679

2 348

5 097

-4.4

-8.2

Spain

2 223

4 438

2 717

5 447

-18.2

-18.5

Japan

2 093

2 870

2 820

3 878

-25.8

-26.0

In March 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 79.6 thousand, which is 53.6 % less than in March 2019. As compared to March of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 48.4 % and comprised 175.1 thousand nights.

In March of this year the number of foreign visitors comprised 44.5 thousand, which is 60.9 % less than in March of last year, but the number of nights spent by foreign visitors has decreased by 56.9 % and comprised 99.9 thousand nights.

In March 2020, 35.1 thousand Latvian visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 39.1 % less than in March 2019. The number of nights spent by resident visitors has reduced by 29.9 % and comprised 75.2 thousand.

Number of visitors hosted and nights spent at accommodation establishments in the first three months of 2020*

Months

January 2020

Changes, % over January 2019

February 2020

Changes, % over February 2019

March 2020

Changes, % over March 2019

Visitors hosted

163 822

9.3

156 083

12.8

79 643

-53.6

Latvian visitors

52 902

6.5

56 413

11.0

35 113

-39.1

foreign visitors

110 920

10.6

99 670

13.8

44 530

-60.9

Nights spent

334 840

13.4

305 987

10.5

175 090

-48.4

Latvian visitors

96 789

5.3

101 330

6.2

75 171

-29.9

foreign visitors

238 051

17.0

204 657

12.7

99 919

-56.9

*Data were revised taking into account additional information acquired from enterprises. All information available on activity of accommodation establishments in Latvia from January to the end of March was compiled – both from those who continued their work after March 12 and from those who temporarily discontinued their work after the declaration of emergency situation in the country due to COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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

 

More information on data:
Ilze Ķerus
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
E-mail: Ilze.Kerus@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366778

 

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