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Monday, 21.04.2014, 17:41
British newspaper The Guardian has printed several articles praising the most stylish hotels in Riga, the European Capital of Culture in 2014, and other Baltic cities, reports LETA.
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The global travel search site Skyscanner conducted a search for the world's 20 most hipster neighbourhoods around the world. Their conclusions? The energetic and vibrant Miera iela in Rīga is the most hip of them all!
An incredible new art work has appeared on the city-scape of Rīga. A unique, thought provoking and thoroughly different monument – an installation by artist Aigars Bikše – now stands in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building looking out towards Brīvības street, where the monument of Lenin once stood not so long ago, informed BC the Latvian Institute.
Latvia's first EUR 2 (commemorative) coin of special design is dedicated to the country's capital city Riga, the European Capital of Culture 2014, and features a panoramic view of the Old Town, the Bank of Latvia said in a press release, cites LETA.
The Latvia Economic Impact Report underlines the economic and social relevance of the Travel & Tourism industry in Latvia as well as its potential over the next decade, reports BC media relations manager Emma Coulthurst.
According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in 2013 the number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments (1) comprised 1.8 mln people who spent there 3.8 mln nights. Compared to 2012, the number of persons served rose by 11.8%, but the number of overnight stays - by 6.4%.
Joint-stock public catering company Lido has invested a total of about EUR 900,000 in the development of a new bistro that opened at the Domina Shopping mall in Riga yesterday, as the company's owner Gunars Kirsons told the Nozare.lv business portal, cites LETA.
In 2013, the number of night tourists spent at Latvian hotels and other accommodation establishments increased by 7.3%, which is the third largest increase amongst EU members, informs LETA, referring to Eurostat.
Given that a steep increase is expected in the number of foreign tourists visiting Riga in 2014, while the city is the European Capital of Culture, restaurants and other public catering venues could see turnover rise significantly, Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association's representatives told the Nozare.lv business portal, cites LETA.
Latvian national airline airBaltic is expecting an increase in tourist numbers in 2014 due to Riga being European Capital of Culture, the company informed the business information portal Nozare.lv.
European car rental and leasing company Sixt plans to increase the number of bicycle rental stalls in Riga this year, the company's head in the Baltics Arnis Jaudzems informed LETA.
Barcelona is following with interest Riga's cultural program and would like to have a project next year similar to the festival of light ''Staro Riga'' (Beaming Riga), visiting Barcelona Deputy Mayor Jaume Ciurana said during a meeting with Riga Vice Mayor Andris Ameriks (Honor to Serve Riga) yesterday, informs LETA.
The Jewish newspaper ''Jewish Week'', based in New York, has mentioned Riga as a ''must visit'' tourist destination for 2014, reports LETA.
The organizers of the European Capital of Culture Year in Riga (''Riga 2014'') say that there is much interest from foreign media outlets in covering the opening events of ''Riga 2014'' in January, LETA was informed by ''Riga 2014'' spokesman Martins Dregeris.
341,486 foreign guests stayed at Riga accommodation establishments in the third quarter of 2013, a 22.7% increase on the respective period in 2012, according to data from the Riga Tourism Development Bureau, informs LETA/Nozare.lv.