On results of the survey of Latvian residents about trips made in the country in 3rd quarter of 2008

06.01.2009
The results of a survey of the Latvian population conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau show that in the 3rd quarter of 2008 the number of trips for recreational purposes comprised 4.7 mln, of which 3.5 mln were same-day trips without staying overnight, 1.0 mln were short trips (1-3 visitor nights) and 0.2 mln were long trips (4 and more visitor nights). Compared to corresponding period of 2007, the number of travellers in recreational trips around Latvia in the 3rd quarter of 2008 has reduced by 0.3%. But the number of travellers in business trips has decreased by 4.6%.

Reasons which prevented Latvian population from trips were financial conditions (43%), lack of time (18%), lack of interest (16%). Other reasons were mentioned by 23% respondents.

Recreational trips by mode of trip (in per cent)

The most popular destinations of travellers in Latvia were Riga district, Riga and Jurmala where travellers preferred same-day trips without staying overnight. Riga was the destination of 16.1% of all recreational trips. Same-day recreational trips comprised 18.7%, short trips (1-3 visitor nights) – 6.9% and long recreational trips (4 and more visitor nights) – 14.0%.

The average length of overnight recreational trips was 2.8 visitor nights. For the long trips the average length was 9.5 visitor nights.

41.4% of residents of Latvia made same-day trips and during the trip one traveller on average spent 14.8 lats. 18.3% of the residents preferred short recreational trips and during a trip one traveller on average spent 19.5 lats. 4.7% of the residents preferred long recreational trips and during a trip one traveller on average spent 43.5 lats.

Usually residents were accommodated in private lodgings when they made long recreational trips. Recreational trips were mostly preferred by women (53%). The majority of travellers were aged 25-44 years.

1.4% of residents made business trips with overnight stays in Latvia. During business trip one traveller on average spent 58.5 lats. Men constituted the majority of business travellers – 74.4%.

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

Short 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

74.1

56.1

53.5

Bus

17.2

25.1

34.0

Train

8.4

16.8

1.5

Other

0.3

2.0

11.0

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
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