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Number of Spanish tourists in Riga exceeds that of tourists from Belarus and Poland

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn Q3 2015, the number of foreign guests serviced in Riga’s hotels and other tourist accommodations reached 390,317, which is 2.1% more when compared with Q3 of 2014. The majority of those tourists came to Riga from Germany, Russia, Estonia, Finland and Lithuania.

The majority of tourists serviced in Riga’s hotels in Q3 2015 came from Germany (15.3%), Russia (9.4%), Estonia (7.5%), Finland (6.8%), Lithuania (5.9%), Sweden (5.9%), Norway (5.0%), UK (4.7%), Italy (4.0%) and Spain (3.37%), according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia compiled by Riga Tourism Development Agency.

Proportionally the largest increase in the number of tourists from RTDA’s target countries was noted in regards to Estonia (44%) and Lithuania (28.4%). This is largely because basketball fans from these countries had travelled to Riga to attend the men’s European basketball championship. These are followed by Norway (23.8%), Sweden (18.7%), Finland (14.9%) and France (10.3%).

«We and the whole tourism industry in general focused on multiple new markets this year. Our hard work resulted in positive results in terms of the number of serviced tourists. Hotels mostly serviced customers from usual countries. We have seen newcomers as well this year. There have been more tourists from Spain lately. Their numbers even exceeded those of tourists from Belarus and Poland. Furthermore, a significant number of tourists came from countries like USA, Switzerland and Japan. These countries were not part of our priority destinations in the past. However, latest data suggests they have potential,» – says RTDA Chairperson Vita Ermolovica.


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