According to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau, in August 2023 the number of foreign and resident visitors comprised 335.6 thousand, which is 0.3 % less than in August 2022. As compared to August last year, the number of nights spent by visitors comprised 611.1 thousand, which is 4 % more.
In the eight months of this year, the number of non-resident and resident visitors comprised 1.7 million, which is 14.2 % more than in the eight months of 2022, however, it is 14.8 % less than in the eight months of 2019, during the time before the pandemic.
In August 2023 non-resident arrivals at the tourist accommodation establishments accounted for 58.2 % or 195.2 thousand people, which is 5.3 % more than in August a year ago, but 26 % less than before the pandemic in August 2019. The number of nights spent by non-residents, compared to August 2022, has grown by 8.2 % and comprised 360.2 thousand. Non-residents on average spent 1.8 nights at the tourist accommodation.
The majority of non-resident visitors came from Lithuania (44.2 thousand), Estonia (24.4 thousand), Germany (22.8 thousand), Finland (12.6 thousand), United Kingdom (9.5 thousand), Poland (8.8 thousand) and USA (7.2 thousand).
Most non-resident visitors were hosted in Riga – 58.3 %, Jūrmala – 13.8 %, Liepāja – 3.4 %, Sigulda municipality – 3.2 %, Ventspils – 2.5 %, Mārupe municipality – 2.4 % and Cēsis municipality – 2.2 %.
In August 2023 tourist accommodation establishments hosted 140.4 thousand resident visitors, which is 7.2 % less than in August 2022, but 12.7 % more than in August 2019. The number of nights spent by them comprised 250.9 thousand, which is a drop of 1.5 %, compared to August last year.
Resident visitors stayed mostly in Riga (18 %), Liepāja (6.6 %), Jūrmala (6.5 %), Cēsis municipality (6.1 %), Talsi municipality (4.7 %), Kuldīga municipality (4.4 %) and Sigulda, Dienvidkurzeme and Limbaži municipality (4.1 %).