Compared to 2011, the number of guests increased 3.8 percent, the number of overnight stays - 7.7 percent. In 2012, the number of overnight stays reached the highest level in the past ten years.
In comparison with 2011, the number of foreign guests from Russia increased 33 percent, Germany - 7 percent, Estonia - 6 percent. These are the identified priority markets of the Latvian tourism industry. In turn, decreases were recorded in the number of Scandinavian visitors (Finland - 18 percent, Sweden - 18 percent, Norway - 6 percent).
The highest occupancy rate in Riga was recorded in August - 65.4 percent, and in Latvia in July - 57.4 percent.
The number of visitors in hotels and other accommodation establishments comprised 342,100 in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, the number of guests increased 4.4 percent. 65.2 percent were foreign guests, 34.8 percent - Latvian visitors.
The number of Latvian travelers rose 4.3 percent and the number of foreign guests 4.5 percent, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.
Of the total number of foreign tourists, 189,300 or 84.9 percent stayed in Riga, 5.7 percent - in Jurmala, 1.6 percent - in Liepaja. The majority of Latvian travelers stayed in Riga (28.2 percent), Liepaja (10.8 percent) and Jurmala (5.9 percent).
16,200 rooms and 36,900 beds were available in accommodation establishments at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.
The total number of overnight stays reached 755,800 in the fourth quarter of 2012, a 12.3 percent increase on the fourth quarter of 2011. The average length of foreign visitors' stay comprised 2.2 nights in the fourth quarter of 2012, nearly a 10 percent increase on the respective period in 2011.
The total hotel occupancy rate fluctuated between 33 percent and 38 percent in Latvia in the fourth quarter of 2012. The highest room occupancy rate was recorded in October - 38.1 percent.
The highest room occupancy rate in Riga was registered in October - 47.1 percent, followed by November - 44.1 percent and December - 41 percent.