Latvia is popular the most among tourists from Russia, Lithuania and Estonia

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A total of 460 thousand visitors stayed at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments in Q1 2019, which is 1.3 % more than in Q1 2018. Compared to corresponding period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors in Latvia in 2019 has increased by 3 %, reaching 911.4 thousand.

The average length of stay reached 2 nights.

Over Q1 2019, 301.8 thousand foreign visitors were hosted, which is 0.9 % less than in Q1 the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them increased by 1.8 %, reaching 616.9 thousand nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Russia (58.1 thousand), Lithuania (35.8 thousand), Estonia (35.4 thousand), Germany (24.8 thousand), the United Kingdom (18.4 thousand) and Finland (13.4 thousand), according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In Q1 2019, significant increase was observed in the number of visitors coming from Norway (17.5 %), Germany (14 %), France (13.4 %), Ireland (10 %), Netherlands (9.0 %) and Lithuania (7.7 %). A drop was observed in the number of visitors coming from Japan (28.6 %), Spain (17.3 %), Denmark (17.1 %), Canada (14.5 %), USA (12.5 %) and Finland (11.7 %).

Out of the total number of foreign visitors, 45.4 % or 137.1 thousand came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – Russia (19.2 %), Lithuania (11.9 %), Estonia (11.7 %) and Belarus (2.6 %).
Out of all foreign visitors, majority (83.0 %) stayed in Riga, 6.4 % – in Jūrmala, 1.4 % – in Liepāja, 1 % – in Daugavpils, 0.9 % – in Sigulda County and 0.9 % – in Mārupe county.

In Q1 2019, 158.1 thousand Latvian residents were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 5.7 % more than during Q1 2018, whereas the number of nights spent increased by 5.4 % and amounted to 294.5 thousand.

Latvian residents stayed mostly in Riga (31.7 % of visitors), Jūrmala (13.7 %), Liepāja (8.4 %), Daugavpils (3.7 %), Sigulda County (3.3 %) and Jelgava (3.3 %).

Over Q1 2019, 300.7 thousand visitors were hosted at tourist accommodation establishments in Riga – 1.4 % less than during Q1 the previous year. The number of foreign visitors in Riga had reduced by 1.8 %, amounting to 250.5 thousand. The largest number of foreign visitors hosted in Riga came from Russia (18.5 %), Estonia (10.3 %), Lithuania (9.5 %), Germany (8.7 %) and the United Kingdom (7 %).

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