In 2016, foreign travellers stayed in Latvia for a longer time but spent less

26.04.2017

According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), in 2016 foreign travellers crossed the border of Latvia 6.8 million times, which is 0.7 % less than during the previous year. Last year foreign travellers spent EUR 645.2 mln in Latvia – EUR 97.0 mln or 13.1 % less than in 2015.

In 2016, Latvia was visited by 1.8 million foreign overnight travellers (11.4 % less than in 2015), spending 12.3 % less and the expenditure amounting to EUR 474.4 million. Latvia was visited for the first time by 30.1 % of the foreign travellers. As compared to the previous year, the total number of nights spent increased by 7.6 %, reaching 8.8 million nights. Visitors stayed in Latvia for4.9 days on average – 0.9 days more than in 2015.

Compared to the previous year, there was an increase in the number of foreign overnight travellers from Poland – of 8.6 %, Lithuania – of 8.5 %, Germany – of 6.7 %, and the United Kingdom – of 4.8 %. In turn, there was a decrease in the number of foreign overnight travellers from Sweden – of 37.1 %, Belgium – of 34.6 %, the Czech Republic – of 23.4 %, Russia – of 20.3 %, and Estonia – of 7.0 %.

Number of foreign overnight travellers (thsd) and changes in 2015 and 2016

 

Most of the overnight travellers (93.0 %) came to Latvia for tourism purposes, of which 47.7 % came for recreation, 26.1 % came to visit relatives and friends, and 19.2 % came on business trips. In turn, 7.0 % came to Latvia for other purposes, for example, to study.

The average expenditure per trip around Latvia amounted to 332.70 euros for those travelling alone and 209.41 euros for those travelling with family, friends, colleagues. The average daily expenditure for those travelling on their own amounted to 62.34 euros, whereas for those travelling with someone – 46.17 euros.

Out of the 8.8 million nights, 37.4 % were spent at rented or paid accommodation, while 62.6 % were spent at private or non-rented accommodation. On average, a single traveller spent 6.8 days at private accommodation, which is 3.6 days more than at a rented accommodation establishment (3.2 days on average).

Of all the foreign overnight travellers who crossed the border of Latvia in 2016, 49.8 % used road transport, 44.5 % used air transport, 2.1 % used sea transport and 3.6 % used rail transport.

Last year most of the same-day and overnight border crossings came from the neighbouring states of Lithuania (40.4 %), Estonia (20.6 %) and Russia (8.8%). There was an increase in the number of border crossings made by visitors from Germany (34.6 % more), Poland (24.1 %), Austria (16.5 %), Hungary (14.0 %), and Israel (13.9 %). In turn, the border was crossed less times by visitors from Sweden (63.0 % less), Turkey (40.0 %), Denmark (39.2 %), Belgium (32.9 %), Ukraine (23.0 %), the Czech Republic (15.1 %), and Switzerland (13.3 %).

Number of border crossing made by foreign travellers (thsd) and changes by country in 2015 and 2016

Country

2015

2016

Changes, %
(2016/2015)

TOTAL

6 841.7

6 797.0

-0.7

Lithuania

2 638.4

2 747.4

4.1

Estonia

1 328.3

1 397.5

5.2

Russia

568.9

597.9

5.1

Germany

332.4

447.2

34.6

Poland

201.1

249.5

24.1

Finland

166.5

156.3

-6.1

Belarus

160.6

151.8

-5.5

United Kingdom

138.7

142.0

2.4

Sweden

338.0

125.2

-63.0

Ukraine

99.7

76.8

-23.0

France

43.5

43.2

-0.8

Czech Republic

48.3

41.0

-15.1

Belgium

55.9

37.5

-32.9

Denmark

53.6

32.6

-39.2

Switzerland

33.1

28.7

-13.3

Austria

23.1

26.9

16.5

Israel

15.2

17.3

13.9

Turkey

26.3

15.7

-40.0

Hungary

10.7

12.2

14.0

 

Last year the number of foreign traveller visits had increased by 34.8 % since 2010 and by 80.1 % since 2005. The expenditure of foreign travellers going on trips around Latvia has increased 2.4 times since 2005, whereas the number of nights spent by overnight travellers has grown 1.8 times. The average length of stay has reached the highest mark in recent years, nearing 5 days.

Characteristics of foreign travellers; 2005, 20102016

 

Number of border crossings, thsd

Total expenditure of those arriving, mln euros

Nights spent by overnight travellers, thsd

Average length of trip, nights

2005

3 774

270.3

4 982

4.5

2010

5 042

475.1

5.297

3.9

2011

5 538

540.0

6 126

4.1

2012

5 569

545.8

5 799

4.0

2013

5 822

608.4

7 017

4.6

2014

6 246

668.5

7 828

4.2

2015

6 842

742.2

8 154

4.0

2016

6 797

645.2

8 776

4.9

 

More information on tourism statistics is available in the Tourism – Key Indicators section of the CSB website. The data are published in the Tourism section of the CSB database (annual statistical data).

 

 

 

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More information on data:
Edīte Miezīte
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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