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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUNumbers of tourists to Riga kept growing in May, with the average hotel occupancy rate surging 22% up to 65.67%.

The number of airport Riga passengers surged 44%, while the number of visa applications received at the Latvian representations abroad climbed 45%. Moreover, the number of Tax Free refund cheques spiked 118, according to Riga Tourist Development Bureau.

Compared to the same period last year, in May 2011 the average hotel occupancy rate in Riga mounted 22%. Last May the average hotel occupancy rate in Riga was 53.81%, while in May 2011 – 65.67%.

The number of guests accommodated at the hotel Neiburgs soared 170%, at the hotel Riga – 35%, Hotel Bergs – 23%, Avalon Hotel – nearly 18%.

In May 2011, the number of visa applications claimed at Latvian offices abroad grew 47%. If last May, 10 946 visa applications were received, this year the number accounts for 16 138. The Latvian embassy in Belarus reported a significant increase in the number of visa applications – 105%, totalling to 2 414 visa applications. The number of visa applications at the embassy in Turkey grew 113%, in China – 103%, in Russia – 55%, in Ukraine and Uzbekistan – 48%.

Riga Passenger Terminal’s data show that in May 2011, 37 471 passengers used maritime traffic to get to Riga – 44% more than during the same period in 2010 with 26 010 passengers. In addition, 59 096 passengers used Tallink ferry services in the route Latvia-Sweden – 8.2% more than in the same period last year.

According to the airport Riga, in May 2011 it serviced 478 423 passengers. It is almost 17% more over the exact period last year, when it serviced 410 423 passengers. The number of the Latvian national airline airBaltic passengers in Riga grew 18%. The largest climb in the number of airBaltic passengers was observed from Ukraine – 103%, Russia – 36%, Estonia – 23%, Finland and Denmark – 7%.

According to Global Blue Latvija data for May 2011, the volume of refunded Tax Free checques rose 118%. Overall 54 649 lats were paid back to foreign travellers in May. The majority of customers came from Russia, Belarus and Ukraine and the average purchase via Tax Free Shopping service amounted to 278 lats.


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