Results of the survey of border crossings in 2009

06.05.2010

Foreign travellers in Latvia

The results of the survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau show that compared to 2008 in 2009 foreign travellers crossed Latvia’s border 4.7 mln times which is less by 14%.

From the total number of foreign visitors 72% spent less then 24 hours in Latvia.

28% of all foreign travellers stayed in Latvia for more than 24 hours. 72% of the foreign overnight travellers were accommodated in hotels or in other accommodation establishments, but 28% stayed at their relatives or friends. 36% of the overnight visitors came to Latvia for the first time.

In 2009 foreign visitors spent 344.1 mln lats in Latvia, less by 14.6% on the corresponding period of previous year (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments).

Most of the foreign travellers were from neighbouring countries: 37% from Lithuania, 20% - from Estonia, 6% - from Russia, 6% - from Sweden, 5% - from Germany and 4% - from Poland.

44% of overnight foreign visitors mentionedrecreation as the main purpose of the visit, 27% mentioned business trips and 20% - visit to friends or relatives.

24% of overnight visitors obtained information on Latvia on the Internet, 19% - from relatives, friends and acquaintances, 16% - during the previous visits, 12% - during business trips, 8% - from tourism manuals and 6% - from mass media.

 Mode of transport used by foreign overnight travellers
in crossing Latvia’s border (in per cent)
 


Evaluation of indicators characterising the trip


(in per cent)

Total

Including evaluation:

good

satisfactory

bad

don’t know

Quality of services

100

65.0

30.2

3.1

1.7

Price/ quality adequacy

100

42.9

38.9

13.6

4.6

Responsiveness of people

100

62.8

31.2

4.3

1.7

Cleanliness of towns

100

62.5

29.9

5.5

2.1

Entertainment

100

48.4

20.7

5.1

25.8

Language skills of the locals

100

53.2

33.9

9.1

3.8

 

Latvian travellers

In 2009 Latvian residents crossed Latvia’s border 3.1 mln times, which is less by 13.2% than in 2008. In 2008 on average Latvian travellers spent 4.7 visitor nights abroad.

Similarly as in previous surveys, also this time Latvian travellers visited neighbouring countries the most – Lithuania (30%), Russia (18%), Estonia (11%) and Germany (8%).

In 2009 in total Latvian travellers spent abroad 408.4 mln lats, less by 30% on the previous year (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments).

In 2009 35% of all Latvian overnight travellers crossing Latvia’s border when returning from foreign countries had gone abroad for recreation, 28% - had visited relatives and friends, 20% mentioned business as main purpose of the trip.

The majority of travellers (54% of total number) were aged 25-44 years. Those travellers who visited foreign countries mentioned recreation (37%), visits to relatives and friends (25%) or business trips (21%) as the main purpose of the trip. Younger travellers (aged 15 – 24 years) preferred recreational trips (47%), as well as visits to relatives and friends (39%). Travellers aged 45 - 64 years mostly visited relatives and friends (30%), made recreational trips (26%) and participated in business trips (24%). Elderly Latvian travellers aged over 65 years mostly went abroad to visit relatives and friends (82%).

Mode of transport used by Latvian overnight travellers
in crossing Latvia’s border (in per cent) 
 


Assessment of trips abroad by countries

(overnight travellers)
(in per cent)


Total

Including assessment:

very good

good

adequate

poor

very poor

Austria

100

52.8

39.1

8.1

0.0

0.0

Belarus

100

17.7

59.1

21.7

1.5

0.0

France

100

54.1

41.7

4.2

0.0

0.0

Estonia

100

49.3

40.0

9.7

0.3

0.7

Russia

100

23.8

36.8

34.7

4.4

0.3

Lithuania

100

35.1

33.8

28.3

1.0

1.8

Poland

100

43.8

25.0

30.0

1.2

0.0

Finland

100

29.7

52.3

17.7

0.3

0.0

Ukraine

100

31.5

53.3

15.2

0.0

0.0

Germany

100

44.1

42.9

13.0

0.0

0.0

Sweden

100

57.6

33.6

8.8

0.0

0.0

 

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Edīte Miezīte
Tel. 67366810