Latvian Tourism Newsletter
January, 2015

Cultural tourism
The Latvian National Opera will be presenting two premieres at the beginning of the year - Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, with Ināra Slucka as set-designer, will make its debut on February 20, while choreographer Aivars Leimanis’ ballet Raymonda will make its premier on March 27. Mamon Lescaut was Puccini’s third opera, but his first great success. The LNO’s production...
Entertainment tourism
The Daugavpils Shot Factory offers visitors a unique new tourism product, allowing visitors to make their own wax bullets. Visitors can walk up the factory’s 30-meter-high and 103-year-old lead casting tower, where they can cast their own wax ammunition. Only in winter, when the air is cold, is the best time to cast wax bullets. Furthermore, when atop the tower, persons will be able to...
Active and sports tourism
From February 14 to 15, the Sigulda Bobsleigh Track in the Latvian town of Sigulda will host a Luge World Cup stage. The 2014/2015 Luge World Cup season will feature a total of nine stages in six different countries. The Sigulda Bobsleigh Track was built in 1986, and holds various bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events throughout the season. The track is 1,420 meters long and features 16 curves....
Nature tourism
In the summer and autumn seasons of 2014, a team of nature experts studied in detail several natural territories all over Latvia, with the most interesting discoveries found in and around Lake Sīvers. Here they found the largest cluster of Najas (Najas tenuissima) aquatic plants in the world. In the research territory in and around the lake, 16 EU-protected habitats were determined, as well as...
Health tourism
The construction of the new Nuclear Medicine Center in Riga is underway. When it is completed, the center will provide very accurate diagnosis of cancer and heart diseases at an early stage of their development. This will be the most modern center of this kind in the Baltic region, and the most advanced nuclear medicine technology will be used at the center. The aim of creating such a center is...
Shopping tourism
In December, the new Latvian designer shop May 28th was opened in Riga, as well as the shop of the well known Latvian crystal and glass design maker An&Angel, thus adding to the Latvian capital’s already large selection of designer shops. The Art Nouveau designer store May 28th is located on Strēlnieku Street 13, while the An&Angel store is located on Antonijas Street...
Tourism industry news
This year promises to be just as exciting as the previous one, with a wide range of events taking place throughout the year, according to the 2015 event schedule released by the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA), in cooperation with the Riga Tourism Development Bureau. The event guide is made up of various cultural and sporting events scheduled to take place in Latvia in 2015, as well as...
Construction is underway of a new pier at Riga International Airport, which will allow the airport to expand its operations and improve the quality of services offered. "The first stage in the construction of this building is the beginning of an ongoing process aimed at strengthening the position of Riga Airport as the leading airport in the Baltics and Northern Europe. Expansion of the terminal...
The Latvian capital Riga has been nominated as one of 20 cities competing for being named Europe’s top travel destination in the annual European Best Destination awards 2015. Persons will be able to go on-line and vote for their favourite destination. The on-line voting will take place from January 20 to February 10 at the following web-site – www.ebd2015.com. Riga will compete with...
This year, the Latvian To urism Development Agency (TAVA) will participate in several international tourism exhibitions around the world, with the aim of acquainting potential tourists what Latvia has to offer. From January 14 to 18, TAVA will participate in the Vakantiebeurs exhibition in the Dutch city of Utrecht. TAVA will participate in the largest tourism exhibition in the Nordic region...
Latvia in the Media
Latvia was amongst the most popular travel destinations for Australians last year, attracting those from down under with Riga’s extensive Europe’s Capital of Culture program, as well as relatively low prices. Don't have the multi-million dollar budget? There are less expensive options. The European Capital of Culture program gives Europe's lower-profile cities their turn in the...
The Swiss portal Blick recommends the Latvian capital as a perfect overnight travel destination, pointing out that Riga is a real beauty, and features Art Nouveau architecture, castles and loads of culture. The portal recommends a visit to one of the city’s many excellent cafes and restaurants, warm up in a sauna or SPA, as well as get acquainted with Latvia’s history at the...
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