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Number of tourists from UK, USA and Finland staying in Latvia increases

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA total of 862.3 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian accommodation establishments over Q3 2016, which was 10.3% more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. Compared with Q3 2015, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 7.9%. The average duration of a visitor’s stay at an accommodation establishment was 1.9 nights.

Over Q3, 584.9 thousand foreign visitors were hosted at accommodation establishments, of whom 32.2% were visitors from neighbouring countries – of the total number of foreign visitors 11.7% were from Russia, 10.6 % from Lithuania, 8.1% from Estonia and 1.8% from Belarus, according to the latest data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

As compared to Q3 2015, the number of foreign visitors has increased by 7.6%, and the number of nights spent by them in Latvia has grown by 5.3%. Most of the foreign visitors in Q3 came from Germany (82.8 thousand) and our neighbouring countries – Russia (68.6 thousand), Lithuania (61.8 thousand) and Estonia (47.6 thousand). There has been a significant increase in the number of visitors from the United Kingdom (of 28.6%), the USA (of 24%), Finland (of 22.2%), Denmark (21.6%), as well as Poland (of 19.6%), Spain (of 18.1%) and Italy (of 16.4%). The number of visitors from Russia has remained at the level of Q3 the previous year (a drop of 0.1%). There were less foreign visitors from Sweden (by 12.1 %), Switzerland (by 5.2%), Japan (by 4.7%) and the Czech Republic (by 4%).

Out of all the foreign visitors 71.9% stayed in Riga, 9.4 % – in Jūrmala, 2.8% – in Ventspils, 2.4% – in Liepāja, 1.9% – in Sigulda county and 1.1% – in Daugavpils.

In Q3, 277.4 thousand Latvian residents stayed at tourist accommodation establishments, which was 16.3% more than during Q3 2015, whereas the number of nights spent has grown by 14%, reaching 512.8 thousand.

The most popular destinations among Latvian residents were Riga (17.1% of visitors), Liepāja (8.1%), Jūrmala, Engure county, Ventspils (5.1 % in each of them), Kuldīga county (4.7%) and Sigulda county (3.7%).

During Q3 468.2 thousand visitors were hosted at the accommodation establishments of Riga, which was 7.3% more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga has increased by 7.8%. The majority of foreign visitors who came to Riga were from Germany (14.7%), Russia (9%), Finland (7.5%), Estonia (6.7%), the United Kingdom (5.5%), Lithuania (5.5%) and Sweden (4.8%).

During the first 9 months of 2016, 1.84 million guests have stayed at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 7.1% more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. Moreover, 1.26 million foreign visitors have been hosted (an increase of 5.7%), having spent 2.42 million nights at tourist accommodation establishments (growth of 5.5%). In turn, the number of Latvian residents staying at tourist accommodation establishments has increased by 10.0%, reaching 583.2 thousand, while the number of nights spent by them at the accommodation establishments has grown by 11.1%, reaching 1.09 million.


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