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Residents: Riga needs its own Eiffel Tower

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53% of Latvia residents say that Tallinn is the most tourist-friendly city in the Baltic states. Riga ranks the second (36%), but Vilnius the third (11%).

Asked what Riga should work on to be in the lead, 20% of the respondents single out tax cuts for the tourism sector so that it can offer more competitive prices, according to the passenger transport company Lux Express Group study.

Another 20% say that Riga should improve availability of information on tourism opportunities, while 18% feel that Riga needs more sightseeing objects that can be visited free of charge.

15% want stricter penalties for a variety of fraud, but another 14% believe that Riga needs to improve customer service.

7% of respondents think that Riga needs its own famous object – like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


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