397,000 visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in the 1st quarter of 2017, which is 8.6 % more than during the first three months of 2016.
Compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 6.3 % and reached 784,000. The average duration of a visitor's stay at an accommodation establishment was 2 nights.
The total number of nights spent by foreign visitors has increased by 6.7 %, reaching 530,000.
Most of the foreign visitors came from Russia (53,000), Estonia (30,000), Lithuania (30,000), Germany (17,000) and the United Kingdom (16,000).
There has been a significant increase in the number of visitors from Canada (of 182.8 %), Israel (of 148.0 %), the USA (of 43.9 %), Ireland (of 24.9 %), Poland (of 21.0 %), as well as Sweden (of 20.8 %).
After declining numbers of Russian visitors in recent years, the number of Russian visitors hosted has grown by 17.0 %.
Out of all foreign visitors, 83.7 % stayed in Riga, 6.6 % – in Jūrmala, 1.4 % – in Daugavpils, 1.1 % – in Liepāja and 0.9 % – in Sigulda county.