RIGA - Latvian travelers show a growing interest in trips outside Europe, said Inga Kavaca, the president of the Latvian Association of Tour Agents and Operators.
Kavaca told LETA that last year had been stable. She said that even though people still travel to the southern countries, also Nordic countries are a popular tour destination.
She also said that Latvian residents have started to travel more outside Europe - trips are becoming farther and longer.
Kavaca informed that last year 324 tour operators and agencies requested licences, while licenses were issued to 316 tour operators and agencies.
Last summer season - from April until October - 248,747 Latvian residents traveled, using services of tour operators. The most popular destination was Turkey with 118,625 tourists, followed by Greece, Crete - 33,605 tourists, other Greek islands - 18,585 tourists, and Spain, Tenerif - 11,405 travelers from Latvia.
The number of travelers to Asia has risen, introducing changes in the service trends.
Also, the number of people traveling within Latvia has been growing.