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Number of visitors at Latvian hotels rose by 12.6% in Q3

Edīte Miezīte , Statistics Latvia, 14.11.2017.Print version
Latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that 964.1 thsd visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in the 3rd quarter of 2017, which is 11.8% more than during the respective period of 2016. Compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 14.4%, reaching 1.86 million. The average length of stay comprised 1.9 nights.

Over the 3rd quarter of 2017, 658.9 thsd foreign visitors were hosted, which is 12.6% more than during the respective period of the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them increased by 13.7%, reaching 1.26 mln.  The majority of foreign visitors came from Germany (92.5 thsd), Russia (74.4 thsd), Lithuania (72.0 thsd), Estonia (51.3 thsd), Finland (48.6 thsd) and the United Kingdom (29.3 thsd).

 

During the 3rd quarter of 2017, significant increase was observed in the number of visitors coming from Canada (3.6 times), Switzerland (of 37.9%), Austria (31.1%), China (23.1%), Finland (21.3%) and Israel (20.5%). Reduction, in turn, was observed in the number of foreign visitors from Norway (by 7.1%), the Netherlands (5.1%) and Belarus (3.2%).


Out of the total number of foreign visitors, 31.5% or 207.6 thsd came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – Russia, Lithuania, Estonia and Belarus. Out of all foreign visitors, 71.1% stayed in Riga, 9.3% in Jūrmala, 2.4% in Ventspils and Sigulda county, and 2.1% in Liepāja.

 

 During the 3rd quarter of 2017, 305.2 thsd Latvian residents were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 10.0% more than during the 3rd quarter of 2016, whereas the number of nights spent increased by 16.0%, constituting 594.7 thsd.  

 

Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (16.8% of visitors), Liepāja (6.7%), Jūrmala (5.5%), Engure county (3.9%), Ventspils (3.5%), and Daugavpils (3.1%).


Number of visitors hosted and nights spent at accommodation establishments

 

Q3 2017

Q3 2016

Changes,% (Q3 2017, compared to Q3 2016)

 

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

TOTAL

964 076

1 856 215

862 320

1 622 617

11.8

14.4

Latvian residents

305 199

594 722

277 380

512 828

10.0

16.0

Foreign residents

658 877

1 261 493

584 940

1 109 789

12.6

13.7

Germany

92 546

168 961

82 801

148 778

11.8

13.6

Russia

74 353

183 318

68 574

162 016

8.4

13.1

Lithuania

72 001

132 660

61 814

111 402

16.5

19.1

Estonia

51 281

75 333

47 630

68 421

7.7

10.1

Finland

48 577

87 190

40 044

69 585

21.3

25.3

United Kingdom

29 264

56 212

27 010

49 502

8.3

13.6

Sweden

26 338

48 961

23 339

36 596

12.8

33.8

Italy

21 046

37 353

20 063

35 455

4.9

5.4

Spain

19 762

35 232

16 808

30 219

17.6

16.6

Norway

19 524

40 324

21 023

42 629

-7.1

-5.4

Poland

18 929

29 110

17 087

26 542

10.8

9.7

USA

17 534

36 710

15 490

34 054

13.2

7.8

France

15 449

28 040

13 168

24 605

17.3

14.0

Netherlands

10 952

20 336

11 546

20 715

-5.1

-1.8

China

10 536

16 485

8 558

12 998

23.1

26.8

Switzerland

10 348

18 990

7 505

13 433

37.9

41.4

Belarus

10 061

28 509

10 397

32 503

-3.2

-12.3

Canada

9 765

14 143

2 117

4 854

3.6 times

1.9 times

Denmark

8 978

17 780

7 641

15 040

17.5

18.2

Ukraine

8 684

16 261

8 280

22 581

4.9

-28.0

Japan

7 998

11 465

7 685

11 048

4.1

3.8

Israel

7 604

21 643

6 311

18 293

20.5

18.3

Austria

7 520

11 928

5 735

9 910

31.1

20.4

Belgium

5 791

10 598

5 838

11 151

-0.8

-5.0

 

Over the 3rd quarter of 2017, 519.9 thsd visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments located in Riga – 11.0% more than during the 3rd quarter of the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga rose by 11.3%, amounting to 468.5 thsd.  The bulk of foreign visitors staying in Riga came from Germany (13.9%), Russia (8.9%), Finland (8.0%), Estonia (6.2%), Lithuania (5.9%), the United Kingdom (5.4%), and Sweden (4.8%).


More tourism statistics is available in the CSB website section Tourism – Key Indicators. The data are published in the CSB database section Tourism (Short-term statistical data and Annual statistical data).

 






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