Weather hurts busi­ness of tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments in Latvia

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Over­all sum­mer ac­tiv­ity in coun­try­side tourist ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ments re­mains be­low the ac­tiv­ity recorded in pre­vi­ous years be­cause of poor weather, says Lat­vian Coun­try Tourism as­so­ci­a­tion ‘Lauku ceļotājs’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive Anna Pale­lione.

She says the as­so­ci­a­tion does not cur­rently have com­pre­hen­sive sta­tis­ti­cal data that would ac­cu­rately re­flect the sit­u­a­tion. How­ever, it can be con­cluded from opin­ions voiced by busi­ness­men that ac­tiv­ity has declined sig­nif­i­cantly this sum­mer.

At the same time, Pale­lione says it will be pos­si­ble to com­ment on re­sults at the end of the sea­son, when sta­tis­ti­cal data will be made avail­able.

A sim­i­lar picture is de­scribed by camp­ing site rep­re­sen­ta­tives, say­ing that this year’s ac­tiv­ity has been worse than last year’s so far.

Ac­cord­ing to Agrita Sulca, ad­min­is­tra­tor of ‘Ronīši’ seaside camp­ing site in En­gure, this year’s sum­mer can be barely con­sid­ered that be­cause weather so far has not be very sum­mer-like. «This year’s sum­mer sea­son is worse than last year’s sea­son. Peo­ple can­cel book­ing ar­range­ments be­cause it’s rainy and the sea is cold,» says Sulca. ‘Jūr­mala’ camp­ing site ad­min­is­tra­tor Edijs Meiksa notes this year’s ac­tiv­ity is sat­is­fac­tory even though it was poor in June. At the same time, he says the gen­eral in­flux of peo­ple was def­i­nitely bet­ter in last year’s June. Meiksa does hopes this sum­mer sea­son turns out good.

‘Jūras­dzeņi’ camp­ing in Lielupe ad­min­is­tra­tor Agate Blu­mina says the num­ber of peo­ple go­ing camp­ing in tents has declined this year. She does add that the be­gin­ning of sum­mer was cold last year.

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