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New Riga Tourism Information Center will play significant role in attracting tourists to Riga

08.03.2011

The new Riga Tourism Information Center in the Michael Chekhov Riga Russian Theatre building in Old Town will play a significant role in attracting tourists, Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs (Harmony Center) announced at the center's opening ceremony.

Usakovs believes that the establishment of the center is highly important. It will provide thorough and qualitative information for visitors, who will then be able to share with friends and relatives, as they will return to their homelands, thus attracting even more tourists to Riga.

Usakovs wished for many tourists to visit the new center, and pointed out that the premises in the Riga Russian Theatre are modern, and the center's personnel able to provide high quality service.

The Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTAB) and Riga City Council deputy Vita Jermolovica (Latvia's First Party/Latvia's Way) informed that LVL 23,500 have been spent on the set-up for the new center, allocated by the Riga City Council.

Jermolovica could not predict the potential number of tourists, who will visit the new center, however, she pointed out that the Riga Tourism Coordination and Information Center on Riga Town Hall Square was visited by 200,000 last year. Jermolovica also believes that the new center's location is strategically right and will not compete with the center on Riga Town Hall Square.

As reported, so far there were three tourism information centers in Riga - on Riga Town Hall Square, in Riga International Airport and in Riga International Bus Terminal.

RTDB was established by the Riga City Council, the national airline “airBaltic”, the Latvian Hotel and Restaurant Association (LVRA) and the Latvian Travel Agents’ Association (ALTA) on October 28, 2009. RTDB promotes tourism and marketing abroad what Riga has to offer tourists.

70% of RTDB’s voting rights are held by the Riga City Council, while the remaining founders – the national airline “airBaltic”, LVRA and ALTA – each hold 10%.