According to the newest data provided by the Central Bureau of Statistics of the Republic of Latvia, the number of tourists in first nine months of 2014 has increased by 22% comparing to the same period of last year. The number of tourists has reached almost 143 000 that is by 26 000 more than in the first nine months of 2013. 75% of the guests were foreigners and 25% Latvian visitors.
The highest occupancy rate during this period was observed in resort rehabilitation centers and resort hotels of Jūrmala. The average length of stay in this period was 3.2 days. The longest period of time in Jūrmala has been spent by Byelorussians (10 days), Israelis (7 days), Germans (5 days), Latvians (3 days) and Russians (2.5 to 3 days).
The first places as usual are taken by Jūrmala’s strategically important markets that are followed by strategically potential markets. Comparing to the same period of 2013, this year in the third quarter the most tourists were from Russia (-10%), then comes Latvia (+23.3%), Lithuania (+58.1%), Estonia (+36%), Germany (+90.7%), Finland (+66%), Byelorussia (+28.8%), Sweden (+4.6%), Uzbekistan (+13.6%) and Norway (-10.5%). Data has been collected from 41 accommodation places of Jūrmala with a total of 4966 beds available.