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In September the number of visitors at accommodation establishments reduced sharply

Accordingly data of the Central Statistical Bureau, in September 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 110.2 thousand, which is 54.7 % less than in September 2019 and 63.3 % less than in August this year. As compared to September of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 54.1 % and comprised 211 thousand nights.

In Latvian tourism peak season traditionally ends in September, therefore, significant drop may be observed in the number of visitors, compared to the previous two months of the 3rd quarter of 2020 – July and August.

In the 3rd quarter of 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments comprised 709.3 thousand, which is 31.3 % less than in the 3rd quarter of 2019. As compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 34.9 % and comprised 1.3 million nights. Visitors spent an average of 1.8 nights at tourist accommodation establishments.

In 3rd quarter of 2020 the number of foreign visitors comprised 358 thousand, which is 49.2 % less than in the 3rd quarter of previous year, and the number of nights spent by foreign visitors has decreased by 51 % and comprised 679.5 thousand nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Lithuania (121.4 thousand), Estonia (89.2 thousand), Finland (53.9 thousand), Germany (29.8 thousand) and Poland (7.3 thousand).

Out of foreign visitors 60.7 % or 217.4 thousand came from neighbouring countries – Lithuania (33.9 %), Estonia (24.9 %), Russia (1.7 %) and Belarus (0.2 %).

In the nine months of 2020, 1.3 million visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments, which is 43.7 % less than in the nine months of 2019, of which 675.2 thousand were foreign visitors – a drop of 56.6 %, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

In the 3rd quarter of 2020 the largest share of foreign visitors stayed in Riga – 56 %, Jūrmala – 13.6 %, Ventspils – 5.1 %, Liepāja – 4.8 %, Sigulda municipality – 2.6 %, Salacgrīva municipality – 2.0 %, Engure municipality – 1.4 %, Roja municipality – 1.1 % and Daugavpils – 1 %.

Restrictions on travelling abroad enhanced Latvian residents to travel around Latvia. In the 3rd quarter of 2020 tourist accommodation establishments hosted 351.3 thousand Latvian residents, which is 7.6 % more that in the 3rd quarter of 2019, the number of nights spent by residents has increased by 2.3 % and comprised 612.2 thousand.

Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (15.2 %), Jūrmala (7.6 %), Liepāja (7.2 %), Ventspils (4.7 %), Daugavpils (4 %), Salacgrīva municipality (3.3 %), Daugavpils municipality (3 %), Sigulda municipality (2.9 %), Kuldīga municipality (2.8 %), Engure municipality (2.7 %) and Saulkrasti municipality (2.6 %).

Number of visitors hosted and nights spent at accommodation establishments

 

Q3 2020

Q3 2019

Changes, % (Q3 2020, compared to Q3 2019)

 

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

TOTAL

  709 302

 1 291 699

 1 031 771

 1 983 795

-31.3

-34.9

Latvian visitors

  351 291

    612 170

    326 335

   598 296

7.6

2.3

foreign visitors

  358 011

    679 529

    705 436

 1 385 499

-49.2

-51.0

Lithuania

  121 409

    228 550

     77 635

   142 869

56.4

60.0

Estonia

    89 165

    149 843

     56 366

     86 228

58.2

73.8

Finland

    53 943

      92 596

     42 374

     79 408

27.3

16.6

Germany

    29 799

      54 105

    107 610

   197 494

-72.3

-72.6

Poland

     7 337

      13 933

     21 802

     35 037

-66.3

-60.2

United Kingdom

     6 547

      13 180

     35 733

     70 266

-81.7

-81.2

Russia

     5 994

      12 558

     88 648

   201 688

-93.2

-93.8

Italy

     4 752

       8 530

     19 636

     36 562

-75.8

-76.7

Netherlands

     3 911

       7 114

     13 544

     23 266

-71.1

-69.4

Canada

     3 512

       4 357

       6 720

     10 372

-47.7

-58.0

France

     3 302

       5 883

     17 637

     34 150

-81.3

-82.8

Norway

     2 440

       5 005

     19 126

     39 995

-87.2

-87.5

Ukraine

     2 143

       5 319

     13 055

     27 578

-83.6

-80.7

USA

     2 140

       4 268

     18 731

     37 806

-88.6

-88.7

Denmark

     1 891

       3 874

       9 992

     19 980

-81.1

-80.6

Switzerland

     1 586

       2 929

       9 287

     17 794

-82.9

-83.5

Sweden

     1 569

      11 084

     27 901

     55 284

-94.4

-80.0

Belgium

     1 456

       2 398

       6 331

     11 863

-77.0

-79.8

Ireland

     1 339

       2 753

       3 001

       6 095

-55.4

-54.8

Austria

     1 226

       2 271

       6 700

     12 799

-81.7

-82.3

Spain

     1 111

       2 244

     20 646

     37 304

-94.6

-94.0

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:
Communication Section
E-mail:
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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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