After the travel restrictions from neighbouring countries Estonia and Lithuania were lifted, rapid inflow of tourists was observed in June. The number of visitors from Estonia, as compared to June of the previous year, increased by 5.6 %, but the number of nights spent by them – by 17.6 %.
The number of visitors from Lithuania, as compared to June of the previous year, has dropped only by 3.5 %, and the number of nights spent by them – by 0.9 %, according to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.
In Q2 2020 the number of foreign and resident visitors in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments comprised 170.8 thousand, which is 78.1 % less than in Q2 2019. As compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of nights spent by visitors has reduced by 74.7 % and comprised 373.4 thousand nights. Visitors spent an average of 2.2 nights at tourist accommodation establishments. In the first half of 2020, 570.3 thousand visitors, of which 317.1 thousand foreign visitors, were hosted in Latvian tourist accommodation establishments.
After the emergency situation declared in the country on 12 March, the number of visitors continued to decrease also in the months of Q2, reaching the largest decline in April (drop of 93.6 %). As on 10 June the emergency situation ended and large part of tourist accommodation establishments resumed their activity, as compared to May, the number of visitors in June increased four times, reaching 127.6 thousand visitors.
In Q2 2020 the number of foreign visitors comprised 62 thousand, which is 88.7 % less than in Q2 last year, but the number of nights spent by foreign visitors has decreased by 84.9 % and comprised 159.7 thousand nights. The majority of foreign visitors came from Lithuania (24.2 thousand), Estonia (18.2 thousand), Finland (4 thousand), Germany (2.9 thousand), Canada (2.8 thousand), Russia (1.5 thousand) and Poland (1 thousand).
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