On results of the survey of Latvian residents about the trips made in the country in the 4th quarter

07.04.2008

The results of a survey of the Latvian population about the trips made in the 4th quarter of 2007 conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau show that 37% of the Latvian residents had travelled for recreational purposes (to their relatives and friends, for recreation in open air, for sporting activities, for medical treatment, etc), crossing the border of a city/town or the administrative district.
The number of recreational trips made in the 4th quarter of 2007 was 2771 thsd of which 2219 thsd were same-day trips without staying overnight, 509 thsd were brief trips (1-3 visitor nights) and 43 thsd were long trips (4 and more visitor nights).

Recreational trips by mode of trip (in per cent) 

 

The most popular destination of travellers in Latvia was Riga, Riga district and Daugavpils where travellers preferred same-day trips without staying overnight. Riga was the destination for 33.7% of all recreational trips, but same-day trips (without staying overnight) constituted 37.0%. 18.9% of all the short recreational trips (1-3 visitor nights) were made to Riga and 38.5% of all long recreational trips around Latvia (4 and more visitor nights).

The average length of recreational trips was 2.2 visitor nights. For the long trips the average length was 8.6 visitor nights.

29.1% of the residents made same-day trips and during the trip one traveller on average spent 19.2 lats. 9.6% of the residents preferred short recreational trips and during a trip one traveller on average spent 23 lats. 1.2% of the residents preferred long recreational trips and during a trip one traveller on average spent 34.1 lats. Usually residents were accommodated in private lodgings when they made long recreational trips. Recreational trips were preferred by women (52%). 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 32 lats. Men constituted the majority of business travellers – 52%. The most typical age of residents going on business trips was 25–44 years.

Cars were the most often used transport vehicle for recreational and business trips.

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

59.0

48.6

64.0

Bus

28.3

27.1

23.0

Train

12.3

21.6

13.0

Other

0.4

2.7

0.0

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