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In June Estonians visited Latvia more than a year ago

After the travel restrictions from neighbouring countries Estonia and Lithuania were lifted, rapid inflow of tourists was observed in June. The number of visitors from Estonia, as compared to June of the previous year, increased by 5.6 %, but the number of nights spent by them – by 17.6 %. The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that the number of visitors from Lithuania, as compared to June of the previous year, has dropped only by 3.5 %, and the number of nights spent by them – by 0.9 %.

In the 2nd quarter of 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments comprised 170.8 thousand, which is 78.1 % less than in the 2nd quarter of 2019. As compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 74.7 % and comprised 373.4 thousand nights. Visitors spent an average of 2.2 nights at tourist accommodation establishments. In the first half of 2020, 570.3 thousand visitors, of which 317.1 thousand foreign visitors, were hosted in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments.

After the emergency situation declared in the country on 12 March, the number of visitors continued to decrease also in the months of the 2nd quarter, reaching the largest decline in April (drop of 93.6 %). As on 10 June the emergency situation ended and large part of tourist accommodation establishments resumed their activity, as compared to May, the number of visitors in June increased four times, reaching 127.6 thousand visitors.

 In 2nd quarter of 2020 the number of foreign visitors comprised 62 thousand, which is 88.7 % less than in the 2nd quarter of last year, but the number of nights spent by foreign visitors has decreased by 84.9 % and comprised 159.7 thousand nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Lithuania (24.2 thousand), Estonia (18.2 thousand), Finland (4 thousand), Germany (2.9 thousand), Canada (2.8 thousand), Russia (1.5 thousand) and Poland (1 thousand).

Out of foreign visitors 71 % or 44.1 thousand came from neighbouring countries – Lithuania (39.1 %), Estonia (29.4 %), Russia (2.4 %) and Belarus (0.2 %).

In the 2nd quarter of 2020 the largest share of foreign visitors stayed in Riga – 50.8 %, Jūrmala – 18 %, Liepāja – 7.3 %, Ventspils – 4.1 %, Sigulda municipality – 2.5 %, Rucava municipality – 1.6 %, Roja municipality – 1.4 %, Engure municipality – 1.3 %, Salacgrīva municipality and Daugavpils – 1.1 %.

In the 2nd quarter of 2020, 108.7 thousand Latvian visitors were hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments, which is 53.3 % less than during the 2nd quarter of 2019, when it reduced by 48.9 % and amounted to 213.7 thousand.

Latvian visitors stayed mostly in Riga (14.2 %), Liepāja (9.6 %), Jūrmala (8.3 %), Daugavpils municipality (3.4 %), Ventspils (3.2 %), Salacgrīva municipality (3.1 %), Roja municipality (2.9 %), Engure municipality and Daugavpils (2.7 %), Ventspils municipality (2.5 %).

Number of visitors hosted and nights spent at accommodation establishments

 

Q2 2020

Q2 2019

Changes, % (Q2 2020, compared to Q2 2019)

 

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

TOTAL

170 758

373 383

781 058

1 477 561

-78.1

-74.7

Latvian visitors

108 731

213 707

232 925

418 027

-53.3

-48.9

foreign visitors

62 027

159 676

548 133

1 059 534

-88.7

-84.9

Lithuania

24 236

44 878

51 909

89 810

-53.3

-50.0

Estonia

18 229

30 262

42 123

62 912

-56.7

-51.9

Finland

4 045

8 133

35 702

64 943

-88.7

-87.5

Germany

2 941

7 042

75 360

139 913

-96.1

-95.0

Canada

2 755

2 909

6 309

8 837

-56.3

-67.1

Russia

1 487

4 871

67 802

140 484

-97.8

-96.5

Poland

1 046

2 750

22 071

31 342

-95.3

-91.2

India

795

22 183

2 362

27 222

-66.3

-18.5

Sweden

498

8 391

22 287

46 983

-97.8

-82.1

United Kingdom

496

1 764

30 053

60 555

-98.3

-97.1

France

471

782

17 192

32 587

-97.3

-97.6

Netherlands

423

983

9 168

16 970

-95.4

-94.2

Ukraine

421

2 347

12 185

24 698

-96.5

-90.5

USA

409

953

12 292

25 527

-96.7

-96.3

Uzbekistan

356

7 802

1 150

10 628

-69.0

-26.6

Hungary

273

354

2 171

3 499

-87.4

-89.9

Italy

267

514

11 274

20 015

-97.6

-97.4

In June 96.9 % of respondents submitted report on the activity of accommodation establishments, of which 13.6 % of respondents (in June 2019 – 3.4 %) answered that they did not carry out activity mentioning as a reason downtime, improvements or repair of accommodation.

More information on tourism statistics is available in the CSB website section “Tourism”. Data are published in the CSB database section “Tourism” (short-term statistics data and annual statistics data).

Media requests:
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E-mail: media@csb.gov.lv
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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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