In 2023 number of visitors at tourist accommodation establishments 12.1 % larger than a year ago

In 2023 number of visitors at tourist accommodation establishments 12.1% larger than a year ago.

According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, in 2023 the number of non-resident and resident visitors comprised 2.44 million, which is 12.1 % more than in 2022.

However, it is 14.4 % less than in 2019 before the pandemic, when 2.85 million visitors were accommodated in establishments. Also in 2018 and 2017 the number of visitors accommodated was larger (2.81 million and 2.58 million). Last year the visitors spent 4.4 million nights at the establishments, which is 12.6 % more than a year ago.

In 2023 the number of non-resident visitors out of all visitors in accommodation establishments comprised 57 % or 1.4 million, which is 22 % more than in 2022, however this is still 28.6 % less than in 2019. The number of nights spent by non-resident visitors, compared to the previous year, has grown by 22 % and comprised 2.6 million. Non-residents on average spent 1.9 nights at the tourist accommodation.

The majority of non-resident visitors came from Lithuania (257.5 thousand), Estonia (181.5 thousand), Germany (128.1 thousand), Finland (105.8 thousand), United Kingdom (88.7 thousand), Poland (62 thousand), USA (56.4 thousand), Sweden (44 thousand), Ukraine (39.3 thousand) and Norway (37.1 thousand).

In 2023, the number of visitors from neighbouring countries was larger than before the pandemic in 2019 – the number of visitors from Lithuania was 22.9 % larger, from Estonia – 6.1 % larger.

In 2023, mostly non-resident visitors stayed in Riga (70.6 %), Jūrmala (9.2 %), Mārupe municipality (3.1 %), Liepāja (2.8 %), Sigulda municipality (1.9 %), Ventspils and Cēsis municipality (each 1.3 %).

In 2023 establishments accommodated 1 million Latvian visitors, which is 1.3 % more than in 2022, and 15.4 % more than in 2019. The number of nights spent by them comprised 1.8 million, which is a rise of 1.3 %, compared to the previous year. Resident visitors spent an average of 1.7 nights at tourist accommodation establishments.

Mostly residents stayed in Riga (25.2 %), Jūrmala (10.8 %), Liepāja (7.1 %), Cēsis municipality (4.8 %), Sigulda municipality (4.3 %), Daugavpils (3.4 %) and Valmiera municipality (3 %).
In December 2023, 167.1 thousand non-resident and resident visitors were accommodated at tourist accommodation establishments, which is 13 % more than in December 2022. Out of them 56.5 % or 94.5 thousand were non-resident visitors and 43.5 % or 72.6 thousand were resident visitors. As compared to December last year, the number of nights spent by visitors comprised 290 thousand, which is 10.7 % more.

In the 4th quarter of 2023 the number of non-resident and resident visitors in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments comprised 498.9 thousand, which is 8 % more than in the same period a year ago. Visitors spent 866.4 thousand nights, which, compared to the corresponding period a year ago, is a rise of 4.3 %.

In the last quarter of the year, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year, the number of non-resident visitors increased by 11.6 % and comprised 284.9 thousand, but the number of resident visitors rose by 3.5 % and comprised 214 thousand.


1 If a visitor spends the night in several places during the trip in Latvia, he/she is re-registered in each tourist accommodation.

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