Results of the traveller survey in the 2nd quarter of 2007

20.08.2007

The Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) has carried out regular boarder crossing survey in the border control places. Both Latvian residents who are returning from abroad and foreign visitors who are leaving Latvia are inquired.

Foreign travellers in Latvia

Data obtained in the inquiry show that in comparison to the corresponding quarter of 2006, the number of foreign visitors in Latvia in the 2nd quarter of this year has increased by 16%.

Number of foreign traveler border crossings (thsd)

In 2007 foreign visitors have crossed Latvian border totally 1,330 thousand times. 70% of the foreign visitor total number stayed in Latvia for less than 24 hours. Average lenght of the visitor trip in our country was 1.3 days. Visitors, who stayed in Latvia overnight, stayed here for 3.7 days on average (in the 2nd quarter of 2005- for 3.1 day).

Most part of the foreign visitors came from the neighbouring countries- 38% from the total number were from Lithuania, 26% from Estonia, 7% from Sweden, 6% from Poland and Russia, 4% from Germany and 2% from Finland.

When asked about the reasons for visiting Latvia- 25% of foreign travellers mentioned recreation as their main motive for the trip, 30% mentioned that they arrived to Latvia only in transit, 14% mentioned business as their purpose of the trip and for 13% of the foreign visitors it was visit to their friends and relatives.

In the 2nd quarter of 2007 foreign visitors spent 91.9 mln lats in Latvia, up by 16.5 mln lats, or 22% than in the corresponding quarter of 2006 (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments). The travellers spent on average 53 lats per day what is more for 1 lat than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The largest amounts in Latvia were spent by the travellers from Sweden (16.6 mln lats), Germany (10.4 mln lats), Lithuania (7.8 mln lats), Russia (7.7 mln lats), Norway (7.6 mln lats), Great Britain (7.5 mln lats), Estonia (4.8 mln lats) and Finland (4.7 mln lats).

30% from all foreign visitors stayed in Latvia for more than 24 hours. From those who stayed overnight in the country 81% were accommodated in hotels or hostels but 4% stayed with relatives or friends. For 41% from all travellers who stayed in Latvia overnight, this was their first trip to the country.

Information on Latvia foreign visitors mostly acquired from the Internet (23%), from relatives, friends and acquaintances (17%), during their previous trips to Latvia (15%), using business information (11%), from mass media (10%) and from tourism handbooks (8%).

Mode of transport used by foreign travellers in crossing the state border
(in per cent)

The following table characterises how foreign travellers, who stayed in Latvia overnight, evaluate their trip in the country.

Evaluation of Indicators Characterising the Trip (in per cent)

Total

Evaluation of which:

Good

Satisfactory

Poor

Difficult to determine

Service Quality

100

71.7

23.8

1.8

2.7

Goods, price and quality relationship

100

57.8

30.1

7.0

5.1

Responsiveness of people

100

70.9

24.9

2.2

2.0

Cleanliness of towns

100

69.0

25.2

3.1

2.7

Entertainment opportunities

100

50.5

21.1

1.7

26.7

Knowledge of foreign languages

100

54.8

32.0

7.3

5.9

Latvian travellers abroad

In the 2nd quarter of 2007 when coming home from abroad Latvian visitors crossed the state board 861 thousand times, i.e. 13% more than in the 2nd quarter of the last year.

Number of Latvian border crossings

Similarly as in the previous surveys, also this year most frequently Latvian travellers visited our neighbouring countries - Lithuania (35%), Estonia (16%), Russia (10%), and Germany (9%) as well. Of all Latvian travellers, who were returning from the abroad and had crossed the state boarder in the 2nd quarter of 2007, 31% mentioned recreation as the main purpose of the trip, 22% visited their relatives and friends, and for 21% that was business trip. On average Latvian residents have spent 3.1 days abroad in the 2nd quarter of 2007 what is less than in the same period of 2006 (3.6 days).

In the 2nd quarter of 2007 Latvian travellers totally have spent 116.5 mln lats abroad what is 31.8 mln lats or 38% more than in the 2nd quarter of 2006 (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments). It still remains the same that Latvian travellers spend significantly more money abroad (for 24.6 mln lats more) than foreigners in Latvia. In Lithuania Latvian travellers have spent 31.2 mln lats, in Germany- 17.2 mln lats, in Italy- 10.1 mln lats, in Russia- 8.1 mln lats. In the European Union countries our travellers have spent 90.4 mln lats, but in CIS countries- 9.9 mln lats.

Latvian travellers abroad on average have spent 43.4 lats daily. If the main mentioned purpose of the travel was shopping than 250 lats on average were spent daily.

The most active Latvian residents staying overnight were men (57%). Travellers mainly were at age of 25-44 (60% from the total of travellers). These travellers went abroad mostly with the purpose of recreation (30%), on a business trip (24%) and to visit relatives and friends (20%). Younger travellers (aged 15-24) also preferred recreational trips (40%), visit of relatives and friends (18%). Travellers aged 44 - 64 visited relatives and friends the most (26%), and went to recreational trips (24%), however, people who are older than 65 years mostly went abroad to visit their relatives and friends (62%).

Mode of transport used by Latvian travellers
in crossing the state border (in per cent)

Evaluation of foreign trips according to countries

Total

The trip is evaluated as:

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Poor

Very poor

Austria

100

55.9

40.9

3.2

Byelorussia

100

34.0

44.4

20.3

1.3

France

100

62.7

22.9

14.4

Estonia

100

51.1

40.7

6.3

1.3

0.6

Russia

100

32.5

31.0

30.4

5.6

0.5

Lithuania

100

30.3

56.3

12.8

0.3

0.3

Poland

100

42.1

39.8

14.5

0.7

2.9

Finland

100

55.4

40.2

4.4

Ukraine

100

49.6

34.1

16.3

Germany

100

49.1

37.6

11.6

1.7

Sweden

100

60.3

28.4

10.3

1.0

 

Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Tel.7366810
Edīte Miezīte