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Number of guests hosted in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments up 6.5%

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU1.03 million visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q3 2018, which is 6.5 % more than in Q3 2017. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 5.3 %, reaching 1.95 million.

The average length of stay comprised 2 nights, according to the latest data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Over Q3 2018, 706.4 thousand foreign visitors were hosted, which is 7.2 % more than in Q3 the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them increased by 8.3 %, reaching 1.37 million nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Germany (99.8 thousand), Russia (80.4 thousand), Lithuania (70.3 thousand), Estonia (53.5 thousand), Finland (45.9 thousand) and the United Kingdom (33.8 thousand).

In Q3 2018, significant increase was observed in the number of visitors coming from Israel (33.2 %), Japan (28.1 %), Ukraine (24.6 %), France (23.3 %), Netherlands (23.0 %), the United Kingdom (15.6 %), Poland (15.3 %) and Italy (10.4 %). A drop was observed in the number of visitors coming from Canada (13.1 %), China (12.5 %), Finland (5.6 %) and Lithuania (2.3 %).

Out of the total number of foreign visitors, 30.4 % or 214.8 thousand came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – Russia (11.4 %), Lithuania (10.0 %), Estonia (7.6 %) and Belarus (1.5 %).

Out of all foreign visitors, majority (69.8 %) stayed in Riga, 10.5 % – in Jūrmala, 2.3 % – in Ventspils, 2.3 % – in Liepāja, 2.2 % – in Sigulda county.

In Q3 2018, 320.5 thousand Latvian visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments – 5.0 % more than during Q3 2017, but the number of nights spent decreased by 1.2 % and comprised 587.8 thousand.

Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (19.2 % of visitors), Liepāja (6.3 %), Jūrmala (5.3 %), Engure county (3.7 %), Daugavpils (3.5 %) and Ventspils (3.3 %).

Over Q3 2018, 554.5 thousand visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments in Riga – 6.7 % more than during Q3 the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga rose by 5.2 %, amounting to 493.0 thousand. The majority of foreign visitors hosted in Riga came from Germany (14.7 %), Russia (8.1 %), Finland (7.1 %), the United Kingdom (5.9 %), Estonia (5.8 %) and Lithuania (5.1 %).


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