More than 366,000 people spent at least one night in Latvia's hotels during the first quarter of 2016, which was by 1.6% more than during the corresponding period of the previous year, according to information from the Latvian Central Statistical Board (CSB). As compared to Q1 2015, the number of foreign visitors rose by 2.5%, and the number of nights spent increased by 7.6%. The average duration of stay at hotels was 2.1 nights.
Of the people who stayed at hotels during Q1, 240,500 were foreigners, 45% of them from neighbouring countries. As compared to the first quarter of 2015, the number of visitors from various European Union member states has increased – by 28% from Finland, 16% from the United Kingdom, 15.2% from Spain, 11% from Germany, 3.5% from Lithuania and 2.3% from Estonia. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 3.2% during that period.
Of all foreign visitors, 86% stayed in Rīga, 5.5% in Jūrmala, 1.2% in Liepāja, and 0.9% in Daugavpils or Sigulda.
Hotels in Rīga provided accommodations to 249,400 people during Q1 2016, or 6.2% more than during the same period last year. The number of foreign visitors in the capital city increased by 5.5%, with foreign visitors coming from Russia (18.7%), Estonia (10.1%), Lithuania (9.8%), Germany (7.7%), the UK (7.5%), Finland (6.0%), and Norway (5.4%).
As far as the people of Latvia are concerned, 125,600 of them stayed at tourism accommodations during the first quarter of 2016, which was not much of a change in comparison to Q1 2015 (a decline of 0.2%). The number of nights spent, however, increased by 4.1%. Latvians stayed in Rīga (34%), Jūrmala (10.5%), Liepāja (8.4%), Daugavpils (4.0%), and Sigulda (3.9%).
More information about tourism statistics can be found on the CSB Website.