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Riga sees almost 20% more tourists in 2014

By Anatol Steven. 10.06.2014

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Latvian capital welcomed 19% more tourists from abroad in first quarter

Riga accommodated almost 200,000 tourists from abroad in the first quarter of 2014, around 20% more than in the same period last year.

The city welcomed exactly 193,698 foreign guests during the quarter, 19% more year-on-year, the Riga Tourism Development Bureau reports. Another trend is that people tend to be staying a tiny bit longer this year, with 2% more nights being reported per visitor. 

The majority of tourists are coming from Russia (a massive 31%), Estonia (10%), Lithuania (8%), Norway and Germany (6% each), the UK (5%) and Finland (4%).

Growth in the number of incoming Russian tourists was 20% during the quarter, but that wasn’t the biggest rise. The biggest increases were from Poland (up 56%), Germany (42%), the UK (27%), France (25%) and Estonia (23%), and Riga saw 20% more Danes too.

“This year’s good figures can be explained by several factors: an advertising campaign abroad, a fair ratio of price and quality in the city’s hotels, as well as the fact that Riga was described as one of the must-see destinations in the world’s leading magazines,” Vita Jermoloviča, a member of the board at the bureau, explained. 

“Latvia is still high in demand among the priority countries. Also, we are delighted that Riga is increasingly visited by people from countries like Poland, France, Denmark and the US – there have been considerably more tourists from these countries than before. It shows that not only guests from neighboring countries but also from more distance places are interested in our beautiful capital.”

There were 118 places providing tourist accommodation in the first quarter, with 13,361 beds.

[photo courtesy airBaltic]


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