Latvia tops EU for tourism growth in 2017

Eurostat early estimates show that, among EU countries, Latvia recorded the greatest increase in nights spent in tourist accommodation establishments in 2017, with 12% growth recorded on year.

Both local (+12.8%) and international (+11.7%) tourism grew rapidly throughout 2017, according to the estimates. 

Tourists spent a total 4.9 million nights in Latvia, of which 3.4 million were by foreigners and 1.5 million locals. 

While Lithuania is big on domestic tourism, with just 47% of nights spent being recorded by non-residents; Latvia's figure is at 69% and Estonia's at 64%.

Nevertheless both Estonia, perhaps courtesy of Finnish guests, and Lithuania recorded bigger numbers of touristic nights spent, with 6.5 million and 7.2 million respectively. 

The number of nights spent in tourist accommodation in 2017 grew in nearly all EU member states, with the largest increases being observed in Latvia (+12.0%), Slovenia (+11.3%) and Croatia (+10.6), followed by Portugal (+8.0%), the Czech Republic (+7.7%) and Cyprus (+7.3%).

In contrast, the only slight fall was registered in Luxembourg (-1.0%).

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