Tourist numbers up nearly 9% in first quarter

The number of visitors hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments went up by almost 9% in the 1st quarter of 2017, according to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) released May 15.

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.

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