The number of Russian tourists in hotels in Latvia has decreased by almost 40%
In the second quarter of 2015, the number of visitors from Russia in Latvian hotels decreased by 37%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau of the country (CSB). Meanwhile, the total number of international tourists accommodated in Latvian hotels in the same period, increased by 2.4% compared to 2014 and amounted to 577.6 thousand people. Among them, 81.1% of international tourists stayed in Riga, 7.6% - in Jurmala, 1.7% - in Sigulda region, 1.3% - in Liepaja, 0.9% - in Daugavpils and Ventspils. The CSO report says that since 2010, the total number of nights spent by international tourists in Latvia annually increased by an average of 10.4%. Although, n the second quarter of 2015, the total number of nights decreased by 1.6% compared with the same perid of 2014. In the second quarter of 2015, 334 thousand international tourists stayed ion hotels in Riga, which is 7.9% more compared to the same period last year. Most of tourists were from Germany (14% of the total), Russia (9.8%), Finland (6.6%), Estonia (6.4%), Norway (6.1%), Lithuania (5 , 8%), Sweden (5.5%), UK (4.8%) and France (3%).
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.