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In 2019, number of visitors hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments has grown by 1.6%

Edīte Miezīte Transport and Tourism Statistics Section, 17.02.2020.Print version
Latest data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that 2.85 mln foreign and Latvian visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in 2019, which is 1.6% more than in 2018.

Compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 2.6 %, reaching 5.51 mln. The average length of stay comprised 1.9 nights.

In 2019, 1.95 mln foreign visitors were hosted, which is 1.1 % more than in the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them increased by 2.9 %, reaching 3.85 mln. The majority of visitors came from Russia (279.4 thousand), Germany (243.0 thousand), Lithuania (209.5 thousand), Estonia (171.1 thousand), Finland (110.8 thousand) and the United Kingdom (108.0 thousand).


Out of the total number of foreign visitors, 36% or 700 thousand came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – Russia (14.4%), Lithuania (10.8%), Estonia (8.8%) and Belarus (2%).


In 2019  increase was observed in the number of visitors from neighbouring countries – Lithuania (of 9.7%), Russia (7.9%), Belarus (4.2%) and Estonia (0.8%)  as well as from other countries – Ukraine (of 12.1%), Germany (7.6%), Poland (5.2%)  and Spain (2.0%). A drop was observed in the number of visitors coming from Japan (30.9 %), Canada (15.6 %), the United States of America (12.2%), China (11%), Italy (8.8%) and Norway (5.9%).


Out of all foreign visitors, majority (75%) stayed in Riga, 8.9% – in Jūrmala, 2% – in Liepāja, 1.9% – in Sigulda county, 1.4% – in Ventspils and 1% – in Daugavpils.




In 2019, 907.4 thousand Latvian residents were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 2.7 % more than in 2018, whereas the number of nights spent increased by 2.0%, constituting 1.66 mln.


Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (25.1% of visitors), Jūrmala (9.3%), Liepāja (7.3%), Ventspils (3.3%), Daugavpils (3.2%), Sigulda county (2.8%) and Jelgava (2.4%).


In 2019, 1.69 mln visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments in Riga, of which 1.46 mln were foreign visitors, which is 1.6% less than a year ago. The number of nights spent by foreign visitors in Riga grew by 1.1%, amounting to 2.87 thousand. The majority of foreign visitors in tourist accommodation establishments located in Riga came from Russia (184.3 thousand), Germany (182.7 thousand), Estonia (111.6 thousand), Lithuania (108.7 thousand), the United Kingdom (97.7 thousand), Finland (86.5 thousand) and Sweden (66.2 thousand).



Number of visitors hosted, and nights spent at accommodation establishments

 

2019

2018

Changes, % (2019 compared to 2018)

 

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

Visitors hosted

Nights spent

TOTAL

2 853 333

5 509 682

2 808 808

5 368 739

1.6

2.6

Latvian residents

907 414

1 658 379

883 411

1 625 773

2.7

2

Foreign residents

1 945 919

3 851 303

1 925 397

3 742 966

1.1

2.9

Russia

279 390

580 959

259 028

537 560

7.9

8.1

Germany

242 988

454 777

225 927

422 112

7.6

7.7

Lithuania

209 536

363 117

190 931

318 396

9.7

14

Estonia

171 062

259 992

169 666

253 055

0.8

2.7

Finland

110 792

205 169

114 584

208 000

-3.3

-1.4

United Kingdom

107 950

217 776

108 271

216 350

-0.3

0.7

Sweden

77 079

164 318

79 668

165 588

-3.2

-0.8

Poland

63 449

99 327

60 328

96 539

5.2

2.9

Norway

62 821

131 903

66 733

140 508

-5.9

-6.1

France

46 326

89 871

45 989

89 459

0.7

0.5

Italy

44 051

82 531

48 301

88 513

-8.8

-6.8

Ukraine

44 004

91 125

39 256

73 661

12.1

23.7

USA

43 292

87 736

49 290

106 934

-12.2

-18

Spain

40 610

74 220

39 801

72 786

2

2

Belarus

39 977

125 417

38 373

113 008

4.2

11

Netherlands

31 762

57 856

32 341

62 359

-1.8

-7.2

Denmark

31 328

62 510

31 036

59 811

0.9

4.5

Canada

22 653

31 240

26 850

42 713

-15.6

-26.9

Switzerland

21 830

43 093

22 788

44 236

-4.2

-2.6

Japan

20 416

31 984

29 534

39 949

-30.9

-19.9

China

20 233

37 574

22 738

39 589

-11

-5.1

In the 4th quarter of 2019, 580.6 thousand foreign and Latvian visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments in Latvia– 4.5% more than during the 4th quarter of the previous year. Visitors spent 1.14 mln nights which, compared to the same period of the previous year, is an increase of 3.8%. The number of foreign visitors in the last quarter of the year rose by 3.8%, amounting to 390.6 thousand.






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