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Number of foreign tourists hosted in Latvia’s tourist accommodations up 15.3%

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA total of 454.2 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q1 2018, which is 14.3 % more than in Q1 2017.

Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 12.8 %, reaching 885.2 thousand. The average length of stay comprised 1.9 nights, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Over the course of Q1 2018, 304.6 thousand foreign visitors were hosted, which is 15.3 % more than in Q1 the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them increased by 14.3 %, reaching 605.8 thousand nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Russia (62.0 thousand), Estonia (34.9 thousand), Lithuania (33.3 thousand), Germany (21.8 thousand), the United Kingdom (20.4 thousand), Finland (15.2 thousand).

In Q1 2018, significant increase was observed in the number of visitors coming from Canada (3.6 times), Japan (66.2 %), Denmark (47.2 %), Finland (37.5 %), Ukraine (33.3 %) and Spain (31.1 %). A drop was observed in the number of visitors coming from Norway (16.8 %), USA (12.3 %) and France (7.2 %).

Out of the total number of foreign visitors, 45.4 % or 138.2 thousand came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – Russia (20.4 %), Estonia (11.5 %), Lithuania (10.9 %) and Belarus (2.6 %).

Out of all foreign visitors, majority (83.8 %) stayed in Riga, 6.8 % – in Jūrmala, 1.3 % – in Daugavpils, 1.2 % – in Liepāja, 1.1 % – in Sigulda county.

In Q1 2018, 149.6 thousand Latvian visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments – 12.4 % more than during Q1 the previous year, but the number of nights spent increased by 9.6 % and comprised 279.4 million.

Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (33.3 % of visitors), Jūrmala (14.7 %), Liepāja (8.4 %), Daugavpils (5.0 %) and Sigulda county (3.1 %).

Over Q1 2018, 305.0 thousand visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments in Riga – 15.8 % more than during Q1 the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga rose by 15.3 %, amounting to 255.1 thousand. The largest number of foreign visitors hosted in Riga came from Russia (19.2 %), Estonia (10.2 %), Lithuania (8.9 %), Germany (7.7 %) and the United Kingdom (7.6 %).


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