Latvian Tourism Newsletter
May, 2015

Nature tourism
In April, the National Botanical Gardens unveiled to the public its new orangery complex, which makes a visit to the largest botanical garden in Latvia all the more impressive. The new 3,200 m2 orangery complex is the largest and most modern of its kind in the Baltics. Visitors will be able to view over 2,000 different plant species from every continent, except, of course, Antarctica. The...
With the help of European Union funding, several new viewing towers and platforms will be constructed throughout the country, making Latvia’s natural treasures more accessible. At the Korneti-Peļli conservation area in Vidzeme Province, a new 27-meter high viewing tower will be constructed, from where visitors will be able to have a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape of lakes,...
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Līgatne Nature Trails, and the year started out with a special gift for the park, as the park’s wild boar pair gave birth to two small and extremely cute piglets. This is especially symbolic, as the wild boar is Latvia’s national animal this year. Furthermore, this was also a rare occurrence, and the first time in the park’s history that...
Culinary tourism
While on a visit to Latvia, it is not only possible to enjoy some pints of local beers at a pub, but also visit one or several of the many breweries scattered around the country, where visitors will be acquainted with Latvia’s beer-making traditions and be able to taste the various brews on offer. Most of Latvia’s smaller breweries and micro-breweries offer tours and taste tests...
Tourism industry news
In 2014, as compared to 2013, the number of foreign travelers has increased by 7.3% according to the data of Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). Foreign travelers crossed the border of Latvia 6.2 million times and spent EUR 668.5 million, which is more by EUR 60.2 million or 9.9% than a year ago. Latvia was mostly visited by travelers from Lithuania – 35.6%, from Estonia – 19%, from...
Several new routes to and from Riga International Airport have been opened this summer season to the already extensive network of destinations the airport offers, while ferry traffic in the Baltic Sea also continues to expand, making Latvia more reachable than ever.   Traveling by air   For the summer season, Latvian national airline airBaltic has launched several new direct...
Entertainment tourism
The annual Positivus music and art festival, which has over the years earned the recognition of music lovers from Latvia and abroad, will once again be held in the Latvian coastal town of Salacgrīva during the hottest days of the year this July 17-19. In just eight years, the Positivus music festival has grown into a large-scale music festival on the same level of many other well-known music...
Cultural tourism
The Latvian coastal resort city of Jūrmala will officially open the new summer tourist season on May 23, offering visitors a wide range of new accommodation opportunities, restaurants and spas. During the off-season, accommodation establishments in Jūrmala have been busy expanding their operations. For example, Kurshi Hotel has opened up a new spa center, the sanatorium Janatarnij bereg has...
A unique tourism object can be found at the historical Blankenfelde Manor in Zemgale Province - the Museum of Bells. Blankenfelde Manor has been mentioned in historical archives since 1426. In the late 20th century, the manor was granted national historical landmark status, and in recent years gradual work has been carried out to restore the manor complex to its former glory. As of now, the...
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