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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn April 2011, the number of tourists in Riga kept growing, with the average Riga hotel occupancy rate rising 35% to 57.41%.

The number of airport Riga passengers surged almost 47%; the number of visa applications received at the Latvian representations abroad climbed 40%; while 49% more people went on bus tours in Riga than last year, while the number of Tax Free refund cheques increased 82%, according to Riga Tourist Development Bureau data.

Compared to the same period last year, in April 2011 the average hotel occupancy rate in Riga mounted 35%. Last April the average hotel occupancy rate in Riga was 42.6%, while in April 2011 – 57.41%. Compared to April 2010 the number of guests at Old Riga hotels has considerably grown. For example, the number of guests accommodated at the hotel Neiburgs soared 450%, at the hotel Riga – 153%, Dome Hotel&SPA – 136%. The number of the hotel Radi un draugi guests was up 42%. Also, the performance of three-star hotel segment has significantly improved.

In April, the number of visa applications lodged at the Latvian representations abroad grew 40%. If last April, 9 477 visa applications were received, this year the number accounts for 13 307. The Latvian embassies in Russia reported a significant increase in the number of visa applications – by 60%, amounting to already 6 912 visa applications. The number of visa applications at the embassy in Kaliningrad rose 68%, while 39% increase was observed in the embassy in Georgia. Whereas 1 587 visa applications were received at the embassy in Belarus – 30% more than last April.

Riga Passenger Terminal’s data show that in April 2011, 28 737 passengers used maritime traffic to get to Riga – 7% more than during the same period in 2010, when 26 828 passengers arrived. This April, 58 912 passengers used Tallink ferry services in the route Latvia-Sweden – 0.6% more than in the same period last year.

According to the airport Riga, in April 2011 it serviced 434 749 passengers. It is almost 47% more over the exact period last year, when it serviced 296 430 passengers. The number of the Latvian national airline airBaltic passengers in Riga grew 52%, compared to the same period last year, reaching 292 831 passengers. The largest increase in the number of airBaltic passengers was observed from Russia – 70%, Norway and Estonia – 55%, Finland – 51%, Germany – 43% and Denmark – 42%.

Riga guests also actively used the offered services. In April 2011, the bus tour company Riga Sightseeing Service serviced 49% more people than during the exact period last year. The number of Riga Zoo visitors surged 141%, amounting to 20 354 people.

According to Global Blue Latvija data for April 2011, the volume of refunded Tax Free checques rose 82%. Overall 42 912 lats were paid back to foreign travellers in April. The largest increase in the number of customers came from Belarus – 119% more than in April 2010. The number of buyers from Russia climbed 91%, forming 67% of all Global Blue Latvija clients. The average purchase amount by using Tax Free Shopping service was 278 lats.


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