'Baltic Bubble' prompts more visits by Estonians but fewer by Lithuanians in June

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After the travel restrictions relating to Latvia's neighbouring countries Estonia and Lithuania were lifted, creating the so-called 'Baltic Bubble' travel zone, a rapid inflow of tourists was observed in June, according to latest statistics released August 14 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB).

The number of visitors from Estonia, as compared to June of the previous year, increased by 5.6 %, but the number of nights spent by them increased even more, by 17.6 %. 

However, the data also show that the number of visitors from Lithuania, as compared to June of the previous year, has dropped by 3.5 %, and the number of nights spent by them – by 0.9 %.

In the second quarter of 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments comprised 170,800 which is 78.1 % less than in the same quarter of 2019. 

Tourists, June 2020
Tourists, June 2020

As compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 74.7 % and comprised 373,400 nights. Visitors spent an average of 2.2 nights at tourist accommodation establishments. In the first half of 2020, 570,300 visitors, of which 317,100 were foreign visitors, were hosted in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments.

After the emergency situation declared in the country on 12 March, the number of visitors recorded its largest decline in April (drop of 93.6 %). As on 10 June the emergency situation ended and large part of tourist accommodation establishments resumed limited activity, as compared to May, the number of visitors in June increased four times, reaching 127,600 visitors.


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