Results of the survey of Latvian residents about the trips made in the 2nd quarter of 2007

03.10.2007

The results of a survey of the Latvian population about the trips made in the 2nd quarter of 2007 conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau show that 48% of the Latvian residents had travelled for recreational purposes (to their relatives, for recreation in open air, etc), crossing the border of a city/town or the administrative district.

The most popular were one-day trips without staying overnight. 41% of the total population had made such trips spending on average 13.8 lats per one trip. 15% of the population preferred brief recreational trips (1-3 visitor nights) spending on average 18.2 lats during one trip. 2% of the population had made long recreational trips around Latvia (4 and more visitor nights) spending on average 39.2 lats during trip. Women constituted the majority of the recreational travellers (55%). The most typical age of the travellers was from 25 to 44 years.

The majority of residents travelling for recreational purposes were accommodated in private lodgings (85%). Most often the travellers used a car during their recreational trip (57%).

The most popular destinations of travellers in Latvia were Riga, Jūrmala and the district of Riga. Riga was the destination for 22.6% of all recreational trips but same-day trips (without staying overnight) constituted 25.3%. 11.0% of all the short recreational trips (1-3 visitor nights) were made to Riga, which was also the most popular destination (11.9%) for all long recreational trips around Latvia (4 and more visitor nights).

The average length of recreational trips was 2.1 visitor nights. For the long trips the average length was 6.3 visitor nights.

1.5% of the residents aged 15-74 years have made overnight business trips within the borders of Latvia spending on average 50.4 lats per trip. Men constituted the majority of such travellers – 50.4%. The most typical age of residents going on business trips was 25-44 years.

Mode of transport used in trips around Latvia
(in per cent)

Brief recreational trips around Latvia
(1-3 visitor nights)

Long recreational trips around Latvia with overnight stays (4 and more visitor nights)

Business trips with overnight stays

Total

100,0

100.0

100.0

Car

58.1

48.9

33.2

Bus

28.3

26.3

6.8

Train

12.1

24.8

53.0

Plane

0.0

0.0

7.0

Other mode of transport

1.5

0.0

0.0

74.0% of the population who had made short recreational trips with overnight stays (1-3 visitor nights) were touring Latvia but 22.5% had visited a foreign country. Only 3.5% had toured both Latvia and a foreign country.

45.5% of the population who had made long recreational trips (4 and more visitor nights) were touring Latvia and 53.1% had visited a foreign country. Only 1.4% had been touring both Latvia and a foreign country.

In respect of the business trips, 55.5% of the population had toured only Latvia, 42.4% made business trips to foreign countries but 2.1% had toured both Latvia and foreign countries.

Participation of the population in trips
(in per cent)

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Tel. 7 366810
Edīte Miezīte