Number of travellers increased slightly in 2013


In 2013, 1.3 million or 73.9% of the surveyed persons over 15 and living in private households went on recreational and other private trips. According to the latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau it is 3.4% more than in 2012.

The majority or 54.0% of the travellers were women, which is 4.1% more than in 2012. As compared to the previous year the number of people who travelled both within the territory Latvia as well as abroad increased in all age groups. The number of travellers who travelled only in Latvia dropped by 10.3%. As the main reason for not travelling 49.8% of the respondents indicated insufficient funds, in turn in the age group over 65 - 57.3% of the respondents indicated health condition or limited mobility.

Latvian residents went on 11.4 million same-day and overnight trips and other private trips in Latvia, which is 5.9% more than in 2012. Analysing the trips by purpose and length, the number of same-day trips in Latvia grew by 17.6%. Despite the fact that the number of domestic overnight recreational and other private trips in 2013 decreased by 17.1%, the average length of trips increased from 2.1 visitor nights in 2012 to 2.3 in 2013. The most preferred destination for overnight recreational trips were Pierīga (37.6%) and Kurzeme (17.3%), whereas the most popular destination for visiting relatives and friends was Latgale (21.1%). Travellers on average spent 17.4 euros per day in recreational and other private trips.

Latvian residents went on 1.8 million recreational, other private and business trips abroad, which is 2.9% less than in 2012. In turn the average length of foreign trips increased from 5.9 visitor nights in 2012 to 6.4 in 2013. The number of same-day foreign trips tends to grow and in 2013 increased by 22.8% as compared to 2012. Travellers during recreational and other private foreign overnight trips spent on average 56.1 euros a day, which is 2.3% more than in the previous year.

The most popular destinations for overnight foreign trips were Russia (13.0%), Estonia (12.7%) and Lithuania (9.9%).

Foreign recreational and business trips in 2013

In 2013 the number of Latvian resident trips to Russia increased by 23.9%, the number of trips to Finland grew by 17.0%, to Spain and Estonia – by about 12.0%, and to Turkey – by 6.3%.

Analysing overnight trips by their purpose the following results were obtained: 44.6% were recreational trips, 26.3% - visits to relatives and friends, 6.6% - other private trips and 22.5% were business trips.

In 38.1% of overnight foreign trips travellers used air transport, in 34.0% - car, 17.8% - bus, 7.5% - ship, 2.4% - train and in 0.2% of trips - other means of transport.

More information on the survey results and methodology is available in the CSB database Tourism.

More information:
Transport and Tourism Statistics section
Edīte Miezīte