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Latvian rural tourist facilities report growing numbers of Japanese and Chinese tourists

BC, Riga, 16.11.2016.Print version
Tourist facilities in Latvia's rural areas are receiving more and more tourists from Japan and China, Katrina Serzante, a travel advisor at the Latvian rural tourism association Lauku Celotajs (Rural Traveler), informed LETA.

"There have been more tourists from Japan and China looking for lodging in country houses... Perhaps it is because they are looking for new tourism destinations and Eastern and Northern Europe is a less explored region to them," Serzante said.

The representative of the association said that generally trends in rural tourism have remained the same as last year. In the summer, holiday houses by the sea were in the highest demand, and with the winter approaching demand has shifted to tourism facilities in the countryside where clients want to enjoy silence, tranquility and some sort of seclusion.

In the first eight months of this year, Latvian hotels and other tourist facilities reported a 5.8 % increase in overnight stays, as their number reached 2.16 mln. In the eight months of 2016, the Latvian hotels and other tourist facilities received 1.114 mln foreign tourists, or 5.6 % more than a year ago.

Lauku Celotajs is a professional rural tourism association established in 1993. The association unites 330 rural tourism services providers.

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