Tourist numbers show continued upward trend in March

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau published May 16, in March 2022 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 108.8 thousand, which is 2.3 times more than in March 2021 and 36.6% more than in March 2020. 

As compared to March last year, the number of nights spent by visitors comprised 202.1 thousand, which is 2.1 times more.

In March 2022, 47.1 thousand foreign visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 6.5 times more than in March 2021. The number of nights spent by non-residents has increased 5.1 times and comprised 89.6 thousand. In turn, the number of Latvian visitors hosted, compared to March 2021, rose by 50.7 % and comprised 61.7 thousand. The number of nights spent by residents has grown by 42.9 % and comprised 112.5 thousand.

In the first quarter of 2022, the number of foreign and resident visitors in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments comprised 276.4 thousand, which is 2.1 times more than in the first quarter of 2021. As compared to the first quarter of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has grown by 96.3 % and comprised 512 thousand. Visitors spent an average of 1.9 nights at tourist accommodation establishments.

In the first quarter of 2022, the number of foreign visitors comprised 113 thousand, which is 5 times more than in the first quarter of the previous year. The number of nights spent by them has risen 4.1 times and comprised 222.4 thousand. The majority of foreign visitors came from Lithuania (17.6 thousand), Estonia (14.1 thousand), Germany (10.4 thousand), United Kingdom (9.4 thousand), Russia (6.1 thousand), Poland (5.6 thousand), Ukraine (5.5 thousand) and Finland (3.9 thousand).

Out of foreign visitors 34.7 % or 39.3 thousand came from neighboring countries – Lithuania (15.6 %), Estonia (12.5 %), Russia (5.4 %), and Belarus (1.2 %).

In the first quarter of 2022 tourist accommodation establishments hosted 163.4 thousand Latvian residents, which is 50.3 % more than in the first quarter of 2021. Compared to a year ago, the number of nights spent by residents has grown by 40.1 % and comprised 289.5 thousand.

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