A pilot study of the economic impact of fishing tourism in the Kurzeme region in Latvia was performed. This would provide an indication to the potential of fishing tourism and could later be expanded into larger regions using similar methods when more time and resources are available.
The results of the pilot study show that fishing tourism can have significant positive impact on the regional economy. More than 11 000 anglers visited the Kurzeme region in 2019. The total economic impact of fishing tourism on the economy in the region is estimated to EUR 125 million and if the willingness to pay is included in the analysis, almost EUR 200 million.
The report also includes suggestions and advice on how to promote growth of fishing tourism.
Read the whole report here.