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Number of tourists staying at Riga accommodation establishments up 23% in Q3

341,486 foreign guests stayed at Riga accommodation establishments in the third quarter of 2013, a 22.7 percent increase on the respective period in 2012, according to data from the Riga Tourism Development Bureau.

The number of nights spent at such establishments rose 32.6 percent.

18 percent of foreign guests came from Russia, 13 percent - Germany, 6 percent - Estonia and Finland, 5 percent - Norway, Sweden and Lithuania, 4 percent - Italy, 3 percent - Poland and Great Britain.

The steepest increase was registered in the number of tourists from Russia - 48 percent, followed by Lithuania - 45 percent, Estonia - 31 percent, Poland - 29 percent, Sweden - 28 percent, France - 22 percent, Great Britain - 21 percent, Norway - 11 percent.

The fact that the number of guests staying at Riga accommodation institutions increased more than 20 percent and the number of nights spent at such institutions - nearly 33 percent, indicates that foreign guests choose to stay longer in the city. Riga is becoming more interesting with its new tourist attractions and entertainment opportunities, explains Riga Tourism Development Bureau board member Vita Jermalovica.


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