Latvian Tourism Newsletter
October, 2014

Riga 2014
On December 5 at the Latvian National Opera, the world premiere of the internationally re-known Latvian composer Artūrs Maskats’ new opera "Valentina" will take place, which will tell the story about the Latvian cultural legend, film historian and National Order of the Three Stars recipient Valentīna Freimane. The opera will reveal dramatic pages of national history from 1939 to 1944,...
The European Film Academy award ceremony, also known as Europe’s "Oscars", will take place at the Latvian National Opera in Riga on December 13th, as part of the European Capital of Culture program. The event will gather hundreds actors, directors and other film industry representatives from all over Europe and the world. The European Film Awards take place in Berlin every other year, but...
Entertainment tourism
On December 7, one of the most successful pop musicians in the world - Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias will perform on the "Arena Riga" stage, informs Kristaps Karklins, the representative of the concert agency "FBI". The concert in Latvia will be a part of the musician's world concert tour, promoting his latest album "Sex and Love". It will be the singer's second performance in Riga, as the...
After extensive renovations, one of Riga’s hidden cultural pearls – the concert hall "Riga" inside the Latvian Academy of Sciences building, has finally re-opened its doors to the delight of city residents and guests. The newly renovated concert venue will offer an extensive concert program. The original concert hall inside the Latvian Academy of Sciences was completed in 1955 and...
The annual festival "Christmas Tree Trail" is a fresh and very original art event, which exhibits new, traditional or completely avant-garde versions of the Christmas tree, and brings color, light and a Christmas spirit during the darkest month of the year. As part of the festival, various Christmas trees are decorated throughout the city by students from the Latvian Academy of Art and other...
Culinary tourism
Food lovers from all over flock to the Latvian capital for the wine and champagne festival, while the Latvian Chefs’ Club offers special seasonal menus at many of the city’s top restaurants. The Riga "Wine and Champagne" festival will take place for the second time this year, offering a wide range of tastings, master-classes and dinner programs. The autumn session for lovers of fine...
Shopping tourism
Interesting and sincere Christmas gifts can be found all throughout December at the special Christmas markets in Riga and other cities throughout Latvia, while the most original gifts can be found at the "Jarmarka" annual winter art exhibition and fair. Yuletide in Latvia means open-air Christmas markets and fairs, which are usually visited by thousands of people. Here one can purchase various...
Tourism industry news
In the second quarter of 2014, Latvian hotels and other accommodation establishments served 564,000 foreign visitors, which is 19.7 percent more than in the second quarter of 2013, according to information provided by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. Out of all tourists who stayed in Latvian hotels, 69.8 percent were foreign visitors, whereas 30.2 percent were Latvian residents. The...
Thanks to the development of the hotel business in the Latvian capital, Riga is becoming a more popular destination for international conferences and congresses, and the city can already compete with the other largest cities in Northern Europe. The opening of new hotels in the city center gives Riga the opportunity to host larger events. In comparison with other cities in Northern Europe, Riga...
With support from the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA), a visiting group of Japanese journalists have published another book about Latvian traditions. Similar to Mayumi Akagi’s book about traditional handcrafts and traditions in the Baltics, Japanese journalist Sanae Nakata has published a book about hand-knitted mittens of Latvia. The book’s project coordinator Akiko...
Latvia in The Media
The German recreation and camping vehicle (RV) travel web-site and blog "Mobil & Aktiv Erleben" has written an enthusiastic article about a recent RV trip through the Baltics. The authors of the blog, titled "Blog Baltikum 2014", point out that their RV holiday in the Baltics this summer was an unforgettable one. "I can warmly recommend Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia as a valuable...
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