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Is Latvia becoming more hospitable? Tourist upturn observed

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A total of 781.1 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q2 2019, which is 1.1 % more than in Q2 2018.

Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors at tourist accommodation increased by 3 %, reaching 1.48 million, and the average length of stay accounted for 1.9 nights. In the first half of 2019, 1.24 million visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation, of which foreign visitors constituted 849.9 thousand, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In Q2 2019, 548.1 thousand foreign visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation, which is 1.8 % more than in Q2 the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them at tourist accommodation increased by 4.1 %, reaching 1.1 million nights.  The majority of foreign visitors came from Germany (75.4 thousand), Russia (67.8 thousand), Lithuania (51.9 thousand), Estonia (42.1 thousand), Finland (35.7 thousand), and United Kingdom (30.1 thousand).

The bulk of the foreign visitors (31.4 % or 172.4 thousand) came from the neighbouring countries – Russia (12.4 %), Lithuania (9.5 %), Estonia (7.7 %), and Belarus (1.9 %).

In Q2 2019, significant increase was observed in the number of visitors from Spain (of 17.2 %), Russia (12.1 %), Poland (9.7 %), Denmark (9.5 %), Ukraine (8.3 %), and Germany (6.2 %).  Decline, in turn, was recorded in the number of visitors from USA (of 32.9 %), Japan (30.7 %), Austria (23.5 %), Norway (15 %), and Canada (14.5 %).

The largest share of foreign visitors stayed in Riga (75 %), Jūrmala (9.1 %), Liepāja (2.1 %), Sigulda municipality (1.9 %), Ventspils (1.2 %), and Daugavpils (1 %).

In Q2 2019, 233 thousand Latvian visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 0.5 % less than in Q2 2018, whereas the number of nights spent by them at tourist accommodation establishments increased by 0.3 %, constituting 418 thousand.

Latvian visitors stayed mostly in Riga (23.3 %), Jūrmala (9.1 %), Liepāja (7.8 %), Ventspils (3.3 %), Daugavpils (2.9 %), Amata municipality (2.7 %) and Jelgava (2.4 %).

During Q2 2019, 410.9 thousand foreign visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments in Riga, which is 2.1 % less than in Q2 the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in Riga tourist accommodation establishments rose by 1.1 %, reaching 794.8 thousand.  The majority of foreign visitors in tourist accommodation located in Riga came from Germany (56.2 thousand), Russia (42.5 thousand), Finland (27.6 thousand), United Kingdom (27.4 thousand), Estonia (26.2 thousand), and Lithuania (25.8 thousand). In the first half of 2019, 765.9 thousand visitors were hosted in Riga, of which foreign visitors constituted 661.4 thousand.


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