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In 2020 the number of visitors hosted at tourist accommodation establishments has dropped twice

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that in 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 1.46 million, which is 48.7 % less than in 2019 and is the lowest indicator during the last ten years. The number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 47.6 % and comprised 2.89 million nights.

At the beginning of 2020 – in January and February – the number of visitors increased, but after the emergency situation in the country was declared on March 12 and later on November 9 travel opportunities both of resident and foreign visitors reduced, therefore, compared to the previous months, a drop was observed in the number of visitors.

In 2020 the number of foreign visitors comprised 715 thousand, which is 63.3 % less than in 2019. Number of nights spent by them comprised 1.5 million – a drop of 60.9 %. The majority of foreign visitors came from Lithuania (178.4 thousand), Estonia (137.4 thousand), Russia (72.5 thousand), Finland (68.8 thousand), Germany (53.4 thousand), United Kingdom (25.4 thousand).

Out of foreign visitors 55.6 % or 397.3 thousand came from neighbouring countries – Lithuania (25 %), Estonia (19.2 %), Russia (10.1 %) and Belarus (1.3 %).

Most foreign guests were hosted in Riga – 66.7 %, Jūrmala – 11.1 %, Liepāja – 3.8 %, Ventspils – 3.1 %, Sigulda municipality – 1.9 %, Daugavpils and Salacgrīva municipality – 1.2 %.

In 2020 the number of resident visitors comprised 748 thousand, which is 17.6 % less than in 2019. The number of nights spent by residents has reduced by 16.5 % and comprised 1.39 million.

Latvian visitors stayed mostly in Riga (21.5 %), Jūrmala (9.9 %), Liepāja (8 %), Daugavpils (4 %), Ventspils (3.6 %), Sigulda municipality (2.9 %), Salacgrīva municipality and Daugavpils municipality (2.4 %).

Number of visitors hosted and nights spent at accommodation establishments

 

2020

2019

Changes as % (2020/2019)

 

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

TOTAL

1 462 965

2 889 342

2 853 333

5 509 682

-48.7

-47.6

Latvian visitors

747 990

1 385 037

907 414

1 658 379

-17.6

-16.5

foreign visitors

714 975

1 504 305

1 945 919

3 851 303

-63.3

-60.9

Lithuania

178 425

328 137

209 536

363 117

-14.8

-9.6

Estonia

137 423

227 991

171 062

259 992

-19.7

-12.3

Russia

72 503

157 049

279 390

580 959

-74

-73

Finland

68 821

121 921

110 792

205 169

-37.9

-40.6

Germany

53 417

104 044

242 988

454 777

-78

-77.1

United Kingdom

25 377

53 716

107 950

217 776

-76.5

-75.3

Poland

16 777

32 725

63 449

99 327

-73.6

-67.1

Canada

12 177

16 361

22 653

31 240

-46.2

-47.6

Sweden

11 963

51 691

77 079

164 318

-84.5

-68.5

Norway

11 394

23 560

62 821

131 903

-81.9

-82.1

Ukraine

11 251

27 959

44 004

91 125

-74.4

-69.3

Italy

10 637

20 275

44 051

82 531

-75.9

-75.4

Belarus

8 942

28 155

39 977

125 417

-77.6

-77.6

USA

8 582

16 164

43 292

87 736

-80.2

-81.6

France

8 312

15 515

46 326

89 871

-82.1

-82.7

Netherlands

8 281

15 868

31 762

57 856

-73.9

-72.6

Denmark

6 467

14 002

31 328

62 510

-79.4

-77.6

Belgium

4 242

7 094

16 661

30 815

-74.5

-77

Ireland

4 115

8 729

10 456

22 255

-60.6

-60.8

Spain

3 951

8 120

40 610

74 220

-90.3

-89.1

In the 4th quarter of 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments comprised 183.4 thousand, which is 68.4 % less than in the same period of 2019. Visitors spent 408.3 thousand nights, which, compared to the corresponding period a year ago, is a drop of 64.1 %. In the last quarter of the year, the number of foreign visitors fell by 89.8 % and comprised 39.8 thousand, but the number of resident visitors reduced by 24.5 % and comprised 143.5 thousand.

More information on tourism statistics is available in the Official statistics portal in section “Tourism”. Data are published in data base in section “Tourism”.

 

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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