The number of tourists in first quarter of 2009 has decreased, but the average length of stay keeps increasing


According to data provided by the Central Bureau of Statistics, the number of tourists in first quarter of 2009 has decreased, and adds up to 15 530 persons, that is by 28% less than in the according period in 2008. Statistics has been summarized about tourists who stay in Jūrmala at least one night and stays overnight in one of the official accomodation places of city.

The positive fact is that the average length of stay has increased from 3 to 5 days, and that is by 40% more. Together the information has been taken from 42 places of accommodation with total bedspaces of 3869.

The highest load in this period was in resort rehabilitation centres and sanatoria – 31%, but the average load of hotels and resort hotels was 13%.

Division of guests by the country:
1.    Latvia (51%) – 6145
2.    Russia (12%) – 1841
3.    Byelorussia (8%) – 1191 ( + 7%)
4.    Estonia (7%) – 1100
5.    Lithuania (5%) – 846
6.    Norway (4%) – 689
7.    Sweden (2%) – 376
8.    Finland (2%) – 266
9.    Germany (2%) – 164
10.    Denmark (1%) – 111 ( + 50%)

Analyzing the statistics by the division of guess by countries, we must admit that the greatest increase is for tourists from Denmark – increase by 50%. During winter un spring months guest chose to stay in Jūrmala city resort rehabilitation centres and sanatorija as they provide wide choice of rehabilitation, health and medical treatments of high quality, but for lower prices than in other EU countries.

The average length of stay in Jūrmala is 5 days, and that is by 2 days more than it was in the corrsponding periodi n 2008. Byelorussian guests have stayed in Jūrmala longer than other guests – in average 18 days, then comes the guests from Germany and Russia – 4 days, and from Latvia – 3 days.

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