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 %).