Riga makes it to Top 5 best tourism des­ti­na­tions in Europe

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Latvia’s cap­i­tal city has been given fifth place in the Euro­pean Best Des­ti­na­tion 2018 rat­ing of tourism des­ti­na­tions, as re­ported by Live Riga tourism in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

The Top 5 best des­ti­na­tions in­clude Bil­bao, Col­mar, Hvar Is­land and Riga. Poland’s city of Wro­claw has been de­clared Europe’s Best Des­ti­na­tion of 2018. All 20 coun­tries that had par­tic­i­pated in the vote had re­ceived 320,000 votes from 162 dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Nearly 30,000 lo­cal and for­eign res­i­dents voted for Riga.

«Latvia, un­like other par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries, has a small pop­u­la­tion. This is why get­ting fifth place in the list of the best des­ti­na­tions is a ma­jor ac­com­plish­ment for us. 64% of votes Riga re­ceived from for­eign­ers. This proves Latvia’s cap­i­tal city is an ex­cit­ing and at­trac­tive des­ti­na­tion. Be­ing in the Top 5 of the best des­ti­na­tions means pub­lic­ity and sup­port for Riga’s pro­mo­tion abroad, which is espe­cially im­por­tant for Latvia’s cen­te­nary,» says Riga Tourism De­vel­op­ment Bureau’s chair­man Vita Jer­moloviča. 20 coun­tries in Europe com­peted for the ti­tle of the best des­ti­na­tion this year: Riga, Wro­claw, Lisbon, Vi­enna, Lon­don, Athens, Mi­lan, Prague, Bu­dapest, Paris, Bil­bao, Am­s­ter­dam, Ko­tor, Ed­in­burgh, Hvar, Berlin, Barcelona, Brus­sels, Col­mar and Bo­hin.

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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