In the past 5 years I have seen Latvia's image hijacked by Strip Clubs and similar humorous businesses. I have written at least 20 letters to the Riga City mayor, the President, and Ministry's arguing that renting out government buildings and providing permits for such businesses in a UNESCO listed area is not in the interests of Latvia.
Some small mercies have been achieved. But on this journey I had seen foreigners blamed for the perversion when I am not aware of one strip club being owned by a foreigner. Posters pointing fingers calling tourists terrorists [a reference to last year's 'Sex Terrorism' ad capmaign - Web Editor] is another example of blaming others and doing nothing constructive. But after 17 years of freedom Latvia has finally established one Web page in English promoting something good about Latvia that is readable, interesting, and full of up to date content.
You have to see http://www.culture.lv/
. This Culture website lists events for Music, Art, Dance, Theatre, Cinema, Literature, and Museums. This Web site proves that it is possible for Latvia to be professionally proactive targeting English speaking people, so there should not be excuses for other departments to squander their responsibility.
Australian Chamber of Commerce in Latvia http://www.austcham.lv/