Latvian Tourism Newsletter
February, 2015

Cultural tourism
During Latvia’s EU Presidency the first six months of 2015, the Presidency period will be enhanced by a brilliant and extensive cultural program. In honor of the Latvian Presidency, an interactive game has been set-up on Latvia’s official Facebook page - "If you like Latvia, Latvia likes you". The game allows visitors to "dance" the well-known Latvian folk-dance Spriguleits...
In January, a new contemporary design exposition called Reputation was unveiled at the Latvian National Library building, where works which have won awards at prestigious international design competitions in the past are being displayed. Reputation emphasizes the excellent achievements and originality of Latvian design. The exhibition manifests - Latvia produces superb design and has an...
This summer, Riga will resound in music when the XI Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival will be held in July. The festival is held every five years in between the Nationwide Latvian Song and Dance Festivals, which also take place once every five years. Various concerts to ring in the festival will take place throughout the country before the grand opening, while the Youth Song and...
Entertainment tourism
Every spring, the charming Latvian town of Kuldīga invites all to its annual Flying fish in Kuldīga (Lido zivis Kuldīgā!) event, where merry festivities will be held throughout the day, including the main attraction – watching migrating fish jump up the Venta Rapid. This year’s festival will take place on April 25. The ''show'', as it is called in Kuldīga, is organized each year...
Those wishing for a romantic getaway can always find great offers in Riga and outside the city – either being pampered at a spa, eating a delicious meal at a top-notch restaurant, or spending the weekend at a cozy rural guest house. Latvia offers a wide range of spa services throughout the country, starting from small rural guest houses which offer harmonizing and relaxing body procedures...
The Riga Zaķusala radio and television tower is planned to be turned into a modern tourist attraction. The project was initiated by Latvia State Radio and Television Center (Latvijas Valsts radio un televizijas centrs), which intends to turn the television tower and the adjacent area into a modern component of the city's environment, which would attract both tourists and local residents. The...
Nature tourism
Tērvete Nature Park, which is also home to Latvia’s most beloved fairytale characters, was visited by 116,000 persons last year, including many foreign tourists from Europe and other continents. As the deputy head of the park’s information center Laura Zalcmane informed, 40% of the park’s visitors were foreign guests, who arrived to enjoy the many new, interesting and...
Health tourism
Health Center 4 (Veselības Centrs 4) and Baltic Vein Clinic phlebologist Ints Ūdris has been awarded the Sapheon award for performing 135 surgeries with biological adhesive technology. Considering the professional experience of Dr. Ūdris, he was selected as one of the first specialists in the world to be trained to work with the new biological adhesive technology, therefore representatives...
Tourism industry news
Latvian national airline airBaltic has been recognized as the most punctual airline in the world. According to the annual punctuality rating by the aviation market research company OAG Aviation Solutions (OAG), 94.5 percent of airBaltic flights arrived on time in 2014. ''The Latvian airline may not be the largest airline in the world, but its punctuality indicators are substantially above...
Already at the end of last year, one of the main professional tools used by the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA) – the national tourism information website www.latvia.travel, has been re-designed and now includes a string of new and important features. TAVA representative emphasizes: ''Like it or not, more and more people, both domestically and abroad, get their travel information...
Latvia in the media
In the January edition of the onbaord magazine of Brussels Airlines, one of the magazine’s authors took a trip to Ķemeri National Park and visited the Baltic Beach Hotel in the coastal resort city of Jūrmala, enjoying a relaxing and peaceful day off. In the article, the author admires the peaceful atomosphere at Ķemeri National Park, where "the only sound is an occasional twig snapping...
The San Francisco newspaper San Francisco Gate has included Riga on its top-ten list of "under-hyped" travel destinations. The portal reminds about Riga’s rich history, which has lefts its mark on the Latvian capital’s architecture. "While it intends to be though of only for its Soviet-rule era, Riga was a medieval walled city that still has cobble-stones and 17th century...
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