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In January 2011, the number of foreign visitors in Riga continued to rise, with the average hotel occupancy increasing by 20%.

While the number of passengers in the Tallink route Latvia – Sweden surged 71%, the railway company Latvijas dzelzceļš carried about 10% more passengers in the routes Riga – Moscow and Riga – St. Petersburg, compared to 2010, while the number of visa applications at Latvian embassies abroad rose 18%, informs Riga Tourism Development Bureau.

Compared to the same period last year, in January 2011 the average hotel occupancy rate in Riga grew 20%. In January 2010 the average occupancy rate at Riga’s hotels comprised 32.64%, while in January 2011 – 39.26%.

This year in January, the number of guests lodged at Old Riga hotels reported a significant increase. For example, the number of tourists accommodated at Riga’s hotels has risen by 191% (1 948 guests were lodged in January 2010, while 5 666 – in 2011); at Dome Hotel & Spa – by 178% (82 guests in January 2010; 228 visitors – this year ), at the hotel Radi Un Draugi – by 110% (455 in January last year, 956 – in January 2011).

Moreover in January 2011, the number of received visa applications at Latvian embassies abroad climbed 18%. Overall, in January 2010, 3 999 visa applications were submitted, but in 2011 – 4 720. Compared to the same period last year, in terms of proportion, the most significant number of visa applications in January 2011 was recorded at Latvia’s embassies in Belarus – 70%, Turkey – 51%, as well as at the Russian Federation Consular Division in Kaliningrad – 63%.

Further on, 57 234 passengers departing or arriving in Riga used the provided ferry services by the marine transportation company Tallink in the route Latvia – Sweden. Compared to the same period last year, their number has edged up 71%, as 30 241 passengers were transported.

According to the information published by Riga International Airport, in January 2011, the airport serviced 301 398 passengers. This is 1.2% more than during the exact period last year, when it serviced 297 829 passengers. While in January 2010 Latvijas dzelzceļš carried about 10% more passengers in international routes than in January 2010 – this year 34 049 passengers were carried, last year – 30 837 passengers.

In January 2011, the Latvian airline airBaltic operated 4 138 flights, or 3% more, compared to the same period last year. The number of airBaltic passengers in Riga accounted for 187 236.

Compared to the corresponding period last year, in January 2011, the number of customers from Russia rose significantly – by 170%, as well as from Belarus and Ukraine – on average by 150%. During the first week of January the stores in Riga received such high number of Tax Free checks that usually occurs over a month and a half. Overall, in January, by using Tax Free shopping possibilities, foreign customers spent 450 000 lats – an increase of 125%, compared to the exact period last year, when 200 000 lats were spent on purchases.


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  1. Ruth.lt says:

    Could it be due to advertising campaigns such as Live Riga…

  2. Ilona says:

    Hard to beleive

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