Latvian Tourism Newsletter
November, 2014

Riga 2014
Throughout the month of December, the annual concert series ''European Christmas'' will once again delight audiences with beautiful concerts in concert-halls, venues and churches throughout Riga – the European Capital of Culture. ''European Christmas'', which will take place from December 6 to 30, will gather many well-known Latvian and foreign musicians for special concerts. Audiences...
Cultural tourism
As every December, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the Latvian National Opera (LNO) invite music lovers for a series of sophisticated year-end concerts and performances. The LNO will feature a variety of different concerts between December 21 and January 4. The Latvian National Opera’s year-end concerts will be an enchanting musical cocktail – featuring operas from...
Entertainment tourism
In the charming northern Latvian town of Limbaži, in addition to the other local landmarks and attractions, it is recommended to visit the Old Town Hall (Vecais Rātsnams), where is the Silver Museum, featuring works by the famous Latvian silver-smith Oļegs Auzers. It is not only possible to view the silver art pieces displayed at the museum, but also try first hand at making your own piece of...
During the long and dark winter nights, everyone is invited to join the holiday atmosphere at Riga Zoo during the ''Winter Nights'' events, where persons have the opportunity to visit the zoo at night and enjoy the lights and decorations while viewing the zoo’s lovable inhabitants. This will be the sixth year that ''Winter Nights'' will be organized at the zoo during December and January,...
Health tourism
Latvia offers a wide range of SPA services, staring from small rural guest houses to 5-star exclusive SPAs that, in addition to traditional body treatment procedures, offer a range of unique services, such as massage with amber or gold, milk and beer baths, herbal scrubs, clay and berry exfoliation. If you only have a few hours to get away from it all, a day spa right in the center of the...
The Latvian coastal resort city of Jūrmala has been recognized with another “European Destinations of Excellence” (EDEN) award, which is coordinated by European Commission. Jūrmala received the EDEN Innovation Prize in the competition, and has been permitted to use the EDEN logo to promote the city. The Jūrmala City Council’s Department of Tourism submitted three ideas that...
Active and sports tourism
The ''Lemberga Hūte'' ski-hill near Ventspils has been elevated from 52 to 58 meters ahead of the new ski season. The unique hill located in Western Latvia’s coastal lowlands is a man-made hill that continues to be elevated and expanded annually since it was first created 10-years ago. The height of the hill is currently 58 meters, but the actual ski-run is 240-meters and is expanded...
Business tourism
The largest and most important work seminar for tourism professionals "Baltic Connecting 2014" took place for the eighth time this year, which gathered industry representatives to promote Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian tourism products and acquire new business contacts. The event took place from September 29 to October 3 in Riga, gathering over 200 tourism industry specialist from Latvia,...
Tourism industry news
The ''Radisson Blu'' hotel chain has implemented a new active fitness program for guests called "#BluRoutes", which offers guests safe walking, running and cycling routes to follow that start and end at participating hotels. In Riga, the ''Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel'' offers the "#BluRoutes" program for its guests throughout the city. The ''Radisson Blu'' hotel director in the Baltics Ronald...
This winter season, ''Brussels Airlines'' will begin flights to and from Riga International Airport, and several other new destinations will also be offered. As Latvia's presidency of the EU approaches, ''Brussels Airlines'' will be offering six flights per week between Riga and Brussels in the afternoons, starting from October 26. Furthermore, Irish low-fare airline ''Ryanair'' will also...
During the recent "Senior 2014" exhibition in the Swedish capital Stockholm, where the Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA) also participated in, Swedish senior citizens expressed active interest in SPA and cycling-tourism opportunities in Latvia. TAVA tourism market specialist Inguna Žīgure explains that Swedish senior citizens, similar to previous years, actively visited the exhibition...
Latvia in The Media
This summer, a film team from German television channel "Hessicher Rundfunk" arrived in Latvia to make film about the country’s nature, as well as cultural and historical legacy called "Latvia – a wonderful land in the heart of the Baltics". "Endless and untouched beaches on the Baltic Sea, majestic lakes and countless bird colonies, walking paths amongst fragrant pine forests, and a...
The U.S. newspaper "The Daily Beast" has written about the secret military bunker "deep in the pine forests" around Līgatne, "intended as an escape for Russia’s political masters should there be a nuclear strike". "Today, it has opened its doors to curious travelers willing to undertake the journey out to the far-flung countryside beyond Riga, Latvia’s capital. And while the fetid...
In order to get acquainted with the many delights Latvia has to offer, with support from Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA), the popular French blogger Guillaume Le Roux visited Latvia in October, where he was especially delighted by Latvia’s food and nature. While in Latvia, Le Roux visited Liepāja, Dobele, Jelgava, Tukums, Jūrmala, Sigulda, Cēsism and Valmiera. The Frenchman...
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