Another year of double-digit growth in Latvia's tourism sector

2017 turned out to be another year of double-digit growth for Latvia's tourism sector.

Latest data released April 26 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2017 foreign travellers crossed the border of Latvia 7.7 million times, which is 13.7 % more than a year before. 

While here, foreign travellers in Latvia spent EUR 691.9 million – EUR 46.7 million or 7.2 % more than in 2016.

In 2017, Latvia was visited by 1.9 million foreign overnight travellers (8.7 % more than in 2016), spending 12.5 % or EUR 533.9 million more. Compared to the year before, the total number of nights spent increased by 1.0 %, reaching 8.9 million nights.  Visitors stayed in Latvia on average for 4.5 days – 0.4 days fewer than in 2016.

Compared to the year before, a significant increase was recorded in the number of foreign overnight travellers from United Kingdom (of 95.7 %), followed by smaller but still significant rises in the number of foreign overnight travellers from Germany (31.8 %), Russia (9.3 %) and Sweden (7.3 %).

In contrast a decline was observed in the number of foreign overnight travellers from neighboring countries: Estonia (-27.1 %), Lithuania (-19.8 %) and Belarus (-15.3 %).

Latvia tourism data 2017
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