Latvians spent half a billion euros on tourism in 2021

Fresh data from Eurostat shows that Latvians spent just over half a billion euros on tourism in 2021.

In all, Latvian tourists spent 508 million euros, consisting of 163 million euros on domestic tourism and 345 million euros on foreign tourism. It should be borne in mind that 2021 was a year affected by the Covid-19 crisis which put particular strain on the tourism sector.

EU residents spent an estimated €288 billion on tourism trips in 2021. Of this, they spent 62 % on trips within their own country of residence (domestic tourism) and 38 % on trips abroad (outbound tourism). However, domestic trips represented much more of the total number of trips (85 %), while trips abroad represented 15% - see the article on the characteristics of tourism trips.

The EU numbers make an interesting contrast with Latvia's figures, where less than a third of spending was on domestic tourism.

EU tourism spending, 2021
EU tourism spending, 2021

For each tourism trip, Europeans spent on average €330 per person. Broken down by destination, they spent €244 on average on a domestic trip and €806 on a foreign trip. The average spent per night was €67 (€58 on average for each domestic tourism night and €93 a night on average for trips abroad).

For Latvia, the figures were somewhat lower. Latvian tourists spent just €68 on a domestic trip but ten times as much – €674 – on a foreign trip. 

Average tourist expenditure in EU
Average tourist expenditure in EU

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