Number of nights spent by guests in Latvian hotels up 11.2%
694.2 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q2 2017, which is 13.3 % more than during the respective period of 2016.
As compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 14.3 % and reached 1.32 million in 2017. The average duration of a visitor’s stay at an accommodation establishment was 1.9 nights, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
Over Q2 2017, 495.3 thousand foreign visitors were hosted, which is 14.5 % more than during the respective period of the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by foreign visitors increased by 13.9 %, reaching 929.0 thousand.
Most of the foreign visitors came from Germany (66.7 thousand), Russia (56.4 thousand), Lithuania (42.4 thousand), Estonia (39.6 thousand), Finland (34.9 thousand) and the United Kingdom (25.4 thousand). There has been a significant increase in the number of visitors from Canada (3.8 times), Israel (two times), China (of 33.2 %), Denmark (of 24.9 %) and Sweden (of 23.8 %). The number of Russian visitors hosted has grown by 19.3 %. There were less foreign visitors from Ukraine (by 7.8 %), Norway (by 6.2 %) and the United States (by 2.7 %).
29.8 % of all foreign visitors came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – 11.4 % were from Russia, 8.6 % from Lithuania, 8.0 % from Estonia and 1.8 % from Belarus. Out of all foreign visitors, 79.5 % stayed in Riga, 7.4 % – in Jūrmala, 1.7 % – in Sigulda county, 1.5 % – in Liepāja and 1.3 % – in Daugavpils.
In Q2 2017, 198.9 thousand Latvian residents were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 10.3 % more than during Q2 2016, whereas the number of nights spent increased by 15.2 % and amounted to 389.3 thousand.
Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (23.8 % of visitors), Jūrmala (8.6 %), Liepāja (8.4 %), Daugavpils (4.4 %), Ventspils (3.7 %) and Sigulda county (2.3 %).
In Q2 2017, 441.2 thousand visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments of Riga – 12.2 % more than during Q2 the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga increased by 12.7 % and amounted to 393.9 thousand. The majority of foreign visitors who came to Riga were from Germany (13.3 %), Russia (10.1 %), Finland (7.2 %), Estonia (6.7 %), Lithuania (6.2 %), the United Kingdom (5.8 %) and Sweden (5.3 %).