For the first time ever - Latvian tourism industry will appear at "TT Warsaw 2015" with its own national display stand.
The dates are November 26-28, and at the stand - produced by the Latvian Tourism Development Agency/Tūrisma attīstības valsts aģentūra (TAVA), all four traditional provinces of Latvia – Kurzeme, Latgale, Vidzeme un Zemgale, will be represented.
The following entities will be seen at the stand: Riga Tourism Development Bureau/Rīgas Tūrisma attīstības birojs, "Kurzeme Tourism Association"/"Kurzemes tūrisma asociācija", "Vidzeme Tourism Association"/"Vidzemes Tūrisma asociācija" and Limbaži Regional Government, "Zemgale Tourism Association"/"Zemgales tūrisma asociācija", Latgale Regional Tourism Association "Ezerzeme" and the gem of Latgale - the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Arts Center, the Latvian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, and the travel agencies: "Baltijas ceļojumu grupa", "Estravel Latvia" - "Estravel" branch office in Latvia, and "Nikos Travel".
Anita Priedīte, a tourism market expert at TAVA, underlines: "Even though Poland has never been one of our priorities, the number of Poles traveling and sightseeing in Latvia is gradually increasing. There is definite interest in what we have to offer. I am relieved because now I can reply in the affirmative when asked ( and quite frequently) - 'When are we going to pay greater attention to the Polish market'? Our presence at the Warsaw fair is a step forward."
Priedīte points out that "TT Warsaw 2015" will be a fine opportunity to meet with the sector's professionals from Poland and many other nations, and this opportunity must be utilized to the max.
Central Statistical Bureau - looking at data from recent years - the most revealing statistic - the so-called overnights for Polish tourists in Latvia has surged considerably. In 2014, the overnight figure totaled 72,000, which is 7.7% more than in 2013. Poles accommodated in hotels this year has climbed 3.5%, but the number of overnights - 6.8%. This means when the Poles finally make the trip to Latvia, they are staying for longer periods of time.