Tourist number in Latvia continued to fall in 2021

In 2021 Latvia was visited by 1.9 million foreign visitors, a decrease of 39.5 %, compared to 2020, according to data published April 22 by Central Statistical Bureau.

Compared to 2020, their total expenditure reduced by 25 % and comprised EUR 179.9 million. 

The majority of visitors came from Lithuania (569 thousand), Estonia (371 thousand), Russia (245 thousand), Germany (91 thousand), the United Kingdom (88 thousand) and Ukraine (75 thousand).

The number of visits of Baltic neighbours reduced significantly – from Lithuania it fell by 57.6 %, but from Estonia – by 53.1 %. In 2020 travelling around Baltic States was mitigated by creating the so-called “Baltic bubble”, but in 2021, along with vaccination opportunities and improvement of epidemiological situation, neighbouring travellers preferred other destinations.

In 2021, compared to 2020, the number of same-day trips reduced by 43.2 % to 1.5 million trips, but expenditure fell by 63.4 % and comprised EUR 34.5 million. The number of same-day travellers last year reduced more than that of overnight travellers.

In 2021 Latvia was visited by 477.6 thousand overnight travellers, 24.9 % less than in 2020, however, total expenditure reached the amount of 2020 and comprised EUR 145.4 million. Average expenditure of overnight travellers increased by 33.1 %, reaching EUR 304.3 (in 2020 – EUR 228.7). Compared to the year before, the total number of nights spent fell by 1.4 %, comprising 2.8 million nights. Average length of a stay during a trip rose by 31.2 %, reaching 6 nights.

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