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Visa applications at Latvian embassies abroad grow 33%

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This February, the number of foreign visitors in Riga continued growing – the average hotel occupancy rate in Riga rose by 14%, Riga Passenger Terminal took by 42% more inbound passengers, while, compared to last year, by 4% more passengers were transported in Latvijas dzelzceļš (Latvian Railway) routes Riga – Moscow and Riga–St. Petersburg.

Compared to the same period last year, in February 2011 the average Riga hotel occupancy rate increased by 14%, according to the aggregated data by the Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association. In February 2010, the average occupancy rate at Riga hotels comprised 32.72%, while in February 2011 – 37.42%, informs Riga Tourism Development Bureau.

This year, compared to last year’s February, the number of guests lodged at Old Riga hotels grew significantly. For example, the number of accommodated guests at the hotel Riga has increased by almost 57%, at Avalon Hotel – by 43%.

In February 2011, the number of visa applications at the Latvian representations abroad has risen by 33%. Overall, in February 2010, 5 459 visa applications were accepted, but in 2011 – already 7 236. Proportionally, the most considerable number of visa applications in February, compared to the exact period last year, was observed at the Latvian embassies in Ukraine – 89%, Azerbaijan – 72%, Georgia – 55%, and in Russia – 38%.

In February 2011, 18 640 passengers used marine traffic to get to Riga. It is by 42% more than last February, when 13 093 passengers arrived.

According to the published data on February 2011 by the international airport Riga, the airport serviced 278 663 passengers – an increase of 2.5% over the same period last year, when the airport serviced 271 955 passengers. While this February Latvian Railway transported by 4% more passengers in international routes than in February 2010. Namely, this year 15 579 passengers were carried, last year – 14 943 passengers.

In February 2011, the Latvian airline airBaltic operated 3 505 flights – by 5% more, compared to the same period last year. The number of carried airBaltic passengers to Riga accounted for 173 249.

According to Global Blue Latvija data, in February 2011, the number of refunded Tax Free cheques increased by 90%. Overall in February 2011, the company has repaid 62 223 lats for the made purchases worth nearly half a million lats. The biggest growth was recorded in the number of shoppers from Russia. Visitors from Russia have made by 86% more purchases than last year. The average purchase sum in February 2011 was 304 lats, which is by 34 lats more than in Febuary 2010.


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