Latvian Tourism Newsletter
April, 2015

Cultural tourism
The 150th anniversary year of the famous Latvian writers Rainis and Aspazija will be celebrated with an extensive cultural program throughout the year, honoring the lives of these two cultural icons and their contribution to Latvian culture. In honor of Rainis and Aspazija Year, various theater productions dedicated to the literary work of the two writers will be performed, as well as dance...
The Dzintari Concert Hall in the Latvian coastal resort city of Jūrmala will mark the grand opening of its newly renovated Small Concert Hall with a 10-day celebration full of amazing concerts. The grand opening will take place on May 20, with a concert performed by the legendary Latvian maestro Raimonds Pauls and the world renowned Latvian pianist Vestards Šimkus. The celebrations will...
Entertainment tourism
Right in the heart of the town of Jēkabpils, between two parks, is the open-air exhibition called Sēļu Sēta (Sēļi Farmstead), referring to the Latvian region of Sēlija (Selonia). The exhibition has been put together by the Jēkabpils History Museum. The open-air exhibition itself is located in a park created by local brewer A.Hikšteins, who was back in the day the town’s...
For Latvians, the sauna has always been a special place, which is used not only to cleanse the body, but the soul as well. That is why it is no surprise that it is possible to enjoy many unforgettable sauna rituals in almost any guest house throughout the country. It is possible to get better acquainted with Latvian sauna traditions by visiting the Sauna Museum. The museum is made up of six...
Shopping tourism
The largest arts and crafts fair in Latvia is held every summer at the Ethnographic Open-Air Museum in Riga, and is an excellent place to get acquainted with Latvia’s rich traditional applied arts traditions and purchase a wide range of unique items. The 45th annual Traditional Applied Arts Fair will take place at the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum from June 6 to 7, with several...
Tourism industry news
The Latvian Institute (LI) has launched a new international promotional campaign called "Latvijas stāsti" (Latvia’s Story), which is a series of videos created to promote Latvia during its EU Presidency period. The video stories can be viewed on Latvia’s official tourism web-site www.latvia.eu, which itself has recently been completely re-designed. The LI, in cooperation with the...
The number of visitors staying at accommodation establishments in Latvia in 2014 reached 2.1 million, with the total number of overnight stays at 4.2 million, according to data provided by the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia. Compared with 2013, the number of visitors at accommodation establishments increased by 14.1%; the number of overnight stays - by 10.1%. The number of visitors and...
Culinary tourism
The European Commission has approved the addition of lamprey eel from Carnikava on its Protected Designations of Origin list. The designation “increases the market value of the products of economic operators, by guaranteeing that they are distinguishable from other similar products or foodstuffs,” according to the European Commission’s description. The town of Carnikava boasts...
Latvia in the media
The British travel bloggers Kathmandu & Beyond made a trip to Riga recently, after which they shared their experience in the Latvian capital on their blog, pointing out that out of all the Baltic capitals they were most impressed with Riga. "Riga is a great city. I mentioned in a previous blog that we enjoyed our time in Vilnius but Riga was our overall most-liked city in the Baltic...
The Irish lifestyle web-site Loving Trends has listed Riga’s ten best cafes which offer free WI-FI for customers. Loving Trends rates the cafes by three main criteria – strength of the WI-FI connection, available plugs to charge laptops and phones, as well as the quality of the coffee. "Many of us choose to work this way these days with ties to the physical office not as important...
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