Latvian Tourism Newsletter
August, 2014

Riga 2014
This October, Riga, the European Capital of Culture, will host the annual ''Skaņu Mežs'' (Sound Forest) music festival, where the latest in experimental and adventurous music will be performed. This year’s edition of the ''Skaņu Mežs'' experimental music and film festival will take place October 10 and 11, when the latest in this musical genre will be performed in the most unusual of...
Riga, the European Capital of Culture, will in September organize a unique Science Festival, where music will be fused together with scientific theories in a creative environment. The Science Festival, which will take place on September 27, will conclude the year-long Science Café campaign, which organized open discussions about science and offered resident the opportunity to meet with...
Cultural tourism
This fall, the annual "Golden Mask Latvia" (Zelta Maska) theater festival will once again be held in Latvia, where from October 13 to 18 audiences in Riga and Ventspils will be able to enjoy the best performances from visiting theaters from Moscow and St Petersburg. The festival will open on October 13 with a performance of "Eugene Onegin" performed by the Yevgeny Vakhtangov State Academic...
Entertainment tourism
At the end of October, the Latvian town of Durbe will host the fourth annual music, art, local cuisine and harvest festival "Zemlika", which will feature performances from local and foreign musicians, as well as traditional culture, art and educational activities. The two-day festival will take place October 24 and 25, and will combine a wide variety of art-forms – music, theater, new...
Nature tourism
Eastern Latvia is where the country’s beautifully scenic province of Latgale is located, full of wild nature, as well as rich in history and culture. The land of the blue lakes, as many like to call Latgale, is a place where picturesque natural landscapes can be found at nearly every corner – lakes, forests, majestic rivers, fields, hills and other rolling landscapes. Latvia’s...
Health tourism
In the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, the number of persons staying at accommodation establishments in the Latvian coastal resort city of Jūrmala has increased by 32.63%. Compared to the overall statistics in Latvia, which saw a 15.7% increase, in Jūrmala this increase was two times more. ''Jūrmala has been very carefully planning its tourism seasons,...
Shopping tourism
Unique items and furniture created by Latvia’s most talented artists can now be found on the on-line shop ''True Latvia'', with the goal of showing the world the beauty, richness and creative potential of Latvian design. ''True Latvia'' was made to express real inspiration, real love and trust in Latvian design and the amazing beauty to the things which are made by talented Latvian...
Latvia in The Media
The authors of the popular Finnish travel blog web-site ''Sweet Cili'' have written an enthusiastic article about a recent trip to Riga, saying that they enjoyed exploring the Latvian capital on bikes through the city’s colorful streets, and enjoyed several fun-filled evenings. The authors were especially enthusiastic about a visit to St Peter’s Church in Old Town, where they took an...
The U.S.-based portal "travelandleisure.com" has ranked Riga one of the world's 28 most romantic summer destinations, praising the city's architecture, unique products by Latvian designers, and top-class restaurants. ''Charming architecture and a lack of tourist hordes make the Latvian capital an alluring alternative to the usual European hot spots. Start by taking a guided tour of the opulent...
Tourism industry news
The number of foreign travelers to Latvia has increased steeply in the first quarter this year, which is mostly thanks to the authorities' measures aimed at fostering tourism to Latvia, the State Tourism Development Agency's (TAVA) tourism market expert Lelde Beņķe points out. According to the Central Statistical Bureau's data, a total of 348,500 foreign tourists stayed in Latvian hotels in...
Every year, the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA), in cooperation with the national tourism organizations in Lithuania and Estonia, organize the "Baltic Connecting" work seminar for tourism professionals. This year’s "Baltic Connecting" will take place on from September 30 to October 2 in Riga, and will be the eighth edition of the event. On September 30 a working seminar will take...
Foreign visitors who visit rural areas in Latvia are usually especially delighted at trying traditional Latvian dishes made from wild forest delicacies, according to information from the rural tourism association ''Lauku ceļotājs''. The president of the association Asnāte Ziemele explains that all rural tourist routes that include tastings are very popular. Foreigners not only enjoy...
The Air Transport Research Society, comparing financial data from over 200 airports in Europe and around the world, has named Riga International Airport as the top European airport in cost competitiveness by calculating costs and tariff structures per one passenger. Luxembourg International Airport won the nomination for top European airport in the user excellence charge category. At the same...
Latvia, together with other countries in Northern Europe, is working on a new project to develop comfort tourism, and has also won a European Union project to examine what the tourism sector can offer to senior citizens. The project will try to define what exactly is a comfort tourism product in Latvia, as well as learn about the concept and gain ideas from the other countries involved in the...
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