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Friday, 21.11.2014, 19:42
The average visitor of Riga is a 36-year-old middle-income male who travels by plane and stays in Riga for two-three days in a four star hotel, and spends about EUR 74.86 a day, reports LETA, referring to the latest study by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau.
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Despite a reduction in the number of Russian tourists, Latvia still was able to register its largest ever increase in tourist number this year, Economy Ministry State Secretary Martins Lazdovskis said during the ''Latvian Tourism Forum 2014'' today, cites LETA.
In 2014, the "Staro Riga" festival of light was attended by about 500,000 visitors, which is an all-time record, Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs said, cites LETA.
Around 200 cultural events will be organized during Latvia's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, as Selga Laizane, head of the Latvian Presidency's public diplomacy and culture program, said while presenting the cultural program for Latvia's presidency at the Riga Bourse Art Museum on Monday, informs LETA.
Joint stock company LNK Industries has concluded a contract with limited liability company D.N.H. on a new hotel in Riga – "Hilton Garden Inn Riga Valdemara"; the construction job is set to get under way, Inga Domka, the Marketing and Public Relations Manager of LNK Group informed Nozare.lv, cites LETA.
The organization of one of the group stages of next year's European Men's Basketball Championships (EuroBasket 2015) in Riga will attract many additional tourists to Latvia, as the tourism industry in the Latvian capital will be more than capable of accommodating all the additional guests, local tourism industry representatives told Nozare.lv, cites LETA.
On a perfect evening/night weather-wise in Riga, about 42,000 turned out for the contemporary arts forum "White Night", organizers are saying, cites LETA.
Four new hotels will have their grand openings in Riga in 2015, two of them with a five-star rating, according to information provided by Nozare.lv, cites LETA.
The Port Festival 2014, that has become a beautiful tradition, is part and parcel of the annual Riga City Festival. This year the main Port festival events “Ielu muzikas diena (The Street Music Day)”, “Kanala Regate 2014 (Regatta of the Canal). The Freeport of Riga Cup” and 24-hour outdoor basketball tournament “Krastu Macs (The Game of Two River Banks)” will take place on August 16-17, 2014, reports BC the port’s press service.
In the first quarter of the year 2014, Riga hotels and other accommodation establishments registered 19% more visitors than in the first quarter of 2013, whereas the average number of nights spent by foreign travellers to Riga grew by 2%, according to information from the Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTDB), informs BC the Latvian Institute.
From June 13, "Riga Culture Free Tour" will offer free tours around Riga to tourists and local visitors, director of Travel Jam Laura Plumina informed LETA.
In order to promote tourism in Latvia, the Economy Ministry has made available EUR 20 million in EU funding for the 2014-2020 financial planning period, the Economy Ministry said yesterday, cites LETA/Nozare.lv.
Opening Day for the "Palace of Light" attracted about 2,000 people, the Latvian National Library (LNL) public relations specialist Augusts Zilberts informed LETA.
At the Foreign Ministry on Monday, diplomat Peteris Vaivars, the current deputy state secretary at the ministry and the former ambassador of Latvia in Japan, opened a special workshop and matchmaking event for Japanese travel operators and representatives of tourism sectors in Latvia, LETA was informed by the ministry.
Ibis Styles Riga will be the first hotel under this brand in Riga, the capital city of Latvia, one of the most dynamically developing country in the European Union. Starting September 1st 2014 the hotel will join the Orbis Hotel Group, will operate under the ibis Styles brand and will be connected to the Accor Global Sales and Distribution System, informs Svetlana Jusupova.