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Number of tourists from USA, Spain and UK increases in Latvia

There were 612.9 thousand visitors who stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments in Q2 2016, which was 6.1 % more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. As compared to Q2 2015, the number of nights spent by visitors has increased by 6.6 %.

On average, visitors stayed 1.9 nights in accommodation establishments, according to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In Q2 2016, 432.7 thousand foreign visitors were hosted in accommodation establishments, of whom 29.6 % were visitors from neighbouring countries – 10.9 % from Russia, 8.6 % from Lithuania, 8.1 % from Estonia and 2.0 % from Belarus.

As compared to Q2 2015, the number of foreign visitors has increased by 5.1 %, and the number of nights spent by them in Latvia has grown by 4.5 %.

There has been a significant increase in the number of visitors from the USA (of 56.6 %), Spain (of 33.4 %), the United Kingdom (of 27.0 %), as well as Lithuania (of 17.9 %), Poland (of 17.4 %) and Finland (of 13.5 %). The number of visitors from Russia has remained at the level of Q2 the previous year (an increase of 0.1 %).

Out of all the foreign visitors 80.8 % stayed in Riga, 6.7 % – in Jūrmala, 1.5 % – in Liepāja, 1.4 % – in Sigulda county, 1.2 % – in Ventspils and 1.1 % – in Daugavpils.

During Q2 2016, 180.3 thousand Latvian residents stayed in tourist accommodation establishments, and that was 8.7 % more than during Q2 2015, whereas the number of nights spent grew by 12.1 %. The most popular destinations among Latvian residents were Riga (24.2 % of visitors), Liepāja (8.0 %), Jūrmala (6.9 %), Ventspils (4.0 %) and Daugavpils (3.7 %).

In Q2 2016, there were 393.1 thousand visitors hosted in the accommodation establishments of Riga, which was 5.5 % more than during the corresponding period of the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga has increased by 4.6 %. The majority of foreign visitors who came to Riga were from Germany (14.8 %), Russia (9.7 %), Finland (6.8 %), Estonia (6.6 %), the United Kingdom (5.9 %), Lithuania (5.9 %) and Norway (5.5 %).

bnn.news.com 
24-08-2016
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