In 2019, number of visitors hosted at Latvian tourist accommodation establishments has grown by 1.6 %

20 февраля 2020

Compared to the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors increased by 2.6 %, reaching 5.51 million. The average length of stay comprised 1.9 nights.

In 2019, 1.95 million foreign visitors were hosted, which is 1.1 % more than in the previous year, whereas the number of nights spent by them increased by 2.9 %, reaching 3.85 million. The majority of visitors came from Russia (279.4 thousand), Germany (243.0 thousand), Lithuania (209.5 thousand), Estonia (171.1 thousand), Finland (110.8 thousand) and the United Kingdom (108.0 thousand).

Out of the total number of foreign visitors, 36 % or 700 thousand came from the neighbouring countries of Latvia – Russia (14.4 %), Lithuania (10.8 %), Estonia (8.8 %) and Belarus (2 %).

In 2019  increase was observed in the number of visitors from neighbouring countries – Lithuania (of 9.7 %), Russia (7.9 %), Belarus (4.2 %) and Estonia (0.8 %)  as well as from other countries – Ukraine (of 12.1 %), Germany (7.6 %), Poland (5.2 %)  and Spain (2.0 %). A drop was observed in the number of visitors coming from Japan (30.9 %), Canada (15.6 %), the United States of America (12.2 %), China (11 %), Italy (8.8 %) and Norway (5.9 %).

Out of all foreign visitors, majority (75 %) stayed in Riga, 8.9 % – in Jūrmala, 2 % – in Liepāja, 1.9 % – in Sigulda county, 1.4 % – in Ventspils and 1.5% – in Daugavpils.