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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 establishments in Q3 of this year comprised 764.6 thousand people. That is 11.3% more than in Q3 of 2013. Of which 68.6% were foreign tourists and 31.4% – residents of Latvia.

A similar breakdown of visitors was also in the previous quarters. Increase in the number of foreign visitors comprised 11.1%, but in the number of Latvian travellers – 11.8% if compared to Q3 of the previous year, according to data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

The highest share of the foreign tourists stayed in Rīga – 72.9%, in Jūrmala – 10.0% and in Ventspils – 3.0%. The highest share of the Latvian residents stayed in Rīga – 17.7%, Ventspils – 7.4% and Liepāja – 7.0%.

In Q3 of 2014 the total number of nights spent in accommodation establishment comprised 1.55 million, which is 13.5% more than in Q3 of 2013. Average length of stay of foreign visitors in Q3 comprised 2.1 night.

At the end of Q3 16.1 thousand rooms and 38.9 thousand beds were available in accommodation establishments. Number of rooms and beds not available in low season is not included in the total number.

Total room occupancy in Q3 was 54% to 69%. The highest room occupancy was in July both in Latvia in general – 69.2%, and in Rīga – 78.9%. Analysis of hotel occupancy rate by stars granted shows that the highest room occupancy in Q3 was in Riga’s four-star hotels with 84.4% in July.

As compared to Q3 of the previous year, the number of tourists from neighbouring countries has increased: from Belarus – by 29.9%, from Lithuania – by 9.6% and from Estonia – by 8.1%. But the number of tourists from the Russian Federation has dropped by 14.2%. Visitors from neighbouring countries comprised 34.9% of the total number of foreign visitors. Significant increase in this quarter was observed in the number of visitors from Japan – 63.5%, the United Kingdom – 59.6%, Turkey – 37.6%, Austria– 32.9% and Germany – 31.5%. From countries mentioned and depicted below for the longest period of time in Latvian accommodation establishments stayed visitors from Belarus (2.5 nights), Russian Federation (2.5 nights) and the United Kingdom (2.2 nights).

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