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Tourists from Belarus and France reside in Latvian hotels the longest

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments1 in Q1 of this year comprised 348.5 thousand people, which is 15.7% more than in the same period of the last year.

Of which 66.6% were foreign tourists and 33.4% – residents of Latvia. Similar breakdown of visitors was also in the previous quarters. Increase in the number of foreign visitors comprised 17.3%, but in the number of Latvian travellers – 12.6% if compared to Q1 of the previous year, according to data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

The highest share of the foreign tourists stayed in Rīga – 83.4%, in Jūrmala – 7.6% and in Liepāja – 1.3%. The highest share of the Latvian travellers stayed in Rīga – 29.7%, in Jūrmala – 10.7% and in Liepāja – 8.3%.

In Q1 of 2014 the total number of overnight stays comprised 691.7 thousand, which is 3.0% more than in Q1 of 2013. Average length of stay of foreign visitors in Q1 comprised 2.0 nights.

At the end of Q1 14.3 thousand rooms and 32.0 thousand beds were available in the accommodation establishments. Number of rooms and beds not available in low season is not included in the total number.

Total room occupancy in Latvia in Q1 varied between 30% to 36%. The highest room occupancy was in January both in Latvia in general – 35.7%, and in Rīga – 43.8%. Analysing hotel occupancy rate by stars granted, the highest room occupancy in this quarter was in Riga’s five-star hotels with 54.9% in January.

As compared to Q1 of the previous year, the number of tourists from neighbouring countries has increased: from Estonia – by 23.6%, from Russia – by 19.8%, from Belarus – by 19.3% and from Lithuania – by 12.7%, as well as significant increase in this quarter was observed for tourists from Poland – 44.8%, Germany – 37.6% and France – 24.5%. From countries mentioned and depicted below for the longest period of time in Latvian accommodation establishments stayed visitors from Belarus (3.8 nights), France (2.3 nights) and the Great Britain (2.0 nights).

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  1. mike walsh says:

    Good news but could do better. Those responsible for promoting Latvian tourism are either starved of funds or lackadaisical. Each of the Baltic States are similar in geographical and population size to Ireland, but are much less well known. The irony is that Latvia in particular is not only far nicer than is Ireland; Latvia was voted the world’s most beautiful country. Known as the Canada of Europe, Latvia simply is not well known outside the Baltic States.

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    • Riga says:

      Similar in population size????

      What rubbish – Ireland has more the twice the population of Estonia, and more than twice the population of Latvia.

      Have you been drinking something??? :-)

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