Germans overtake Russians in visitor numbers

Germany overtook Russia as the supplier of the greatest number of foreign visitors to Latvia in the third quarter of the year according to data released Tuesday.

According to data released by Latvia's Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in the 3rd quarter of 2015, 543,500 foreign visitors stayed in Latvian accommodation establishments, which is 3.6% more than in the 3rd quarter of 2014. 

However the number of nights spent by foreign visitors in accommodation establishments dropped by 3.3%, suggesting more people are coming but staying longer.

For the first time, German visitors were more numerous than those of other countries, with 80,000 Germans coming, compared to 68,000 Russians.

In the third quarter of 2014 there were 78,000 Germans and 91,000 Russians.

In the same period this year Latvia also played host to 59,000 Lithuanians, 46,000 Estonians, 32,000 Finns, 26,000 Swedes, 21,000 Norwegians and another 21,000 Brits.

There was a significant reduction in the number of visitors from Russia (-24.8%), but more than compensating for that was growth recorded in the number of visitors from neighboring Lithuania (+30.9%) and from Estonia (+30.0%).

Of all foreign tourists 71.8% stayed in Riga, 10.8% in Jūrmala, 3.0% in Ventspils, 2.4% in Sigulda and 1.8% in Liepāja.

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