Results of the traveller survey in the 2ndquarter of 2006

17.08.2006

The Central Statistical Bureau has conducted its current survey of persons crossing the state border at the border checkpoints. Both Latvian residents coming back from foreign countries were surveyed, as were non-resident visitors departing from Latvia.

Foreign travellers in Latvia

In comparison with the corresponding quarter of 2005, the number of foreign visitors to Latvia in the 2nd quarter this year rose by 19%, according to results of the survey.

Number of foreign travellers (thsd)

 

In total, foreign travellers in the 2nd quarter of 2006 crossed Latvia’s border 1144 thsd times. 66% of the total number of foreign visitors stayed in Latvia less than 24 hours. The average length of stay of the visitors in this country was 1.3 visitor nights. Overnight visitors stayed in Latvia on average 3.1 visitor nights (4.2 visitor nights in the 2nd quarter of 2005).

The majority of foreign visitors came from the neighbouring countries: 36% of the total number of travellers had come from Lithuania, 23% from Estonia, 7% from Finland, 6% from both Germany and Poland and 5% from Russia as well as from Sweden.

In regard of the purpose of the trip, 29% of the foreign travellers had come to Latvia for recreation, 23% had arrived only in transit, 13% mentioned business as the purpose of the trip and 13% had visited friends and relatives.

In the 2nd quarter of 2006 foreign visitors spent 75.4 mln lats in Latvia (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments), an increase of 34 mln lats or 45% on the corresponding period last year. In the 2nd quarter of 2006 the travellers spent on average 52 lats per day, up by 20 lats on the corresponding period of the previous year. The travellers from Germany spent the largest amounts (9.6 mln lats) followed by the travellers from Finland (9.4 mln lats), Lithuania (7.6 mln lats), Great Britain (7.3 mln lats), Sweden (6.8 mln lats), Russia (5.6 mln lats) and Estonia (4.7 mln lats).

34% of the foreign visitors stayed in Latvia longer than 24 hours. Of those travellers who stayed in Latvia overnight, 61% were accommodated in hotels and similar establishments but 15% stayed with their relatives or friends. Of the total number of overnight travellers, 41% had visited Latvia for the first time.

The source of information about Latvia for foreign travellers was mainly the Internet (17%), relatives and friends (also 17%), previous visits (14%), tourist guides (11%), mass media (10%) and business information (10%).

Mode of transport used by foreign travellers (in per cent)

 


The table below shows how non-resident overnight travellers evaluate their trip.

Assessment of the components characterising the trip
(in per cent)

Total

Evaluation:

Good

Satisfactory

Bad

Difficult to answer

Quality of services

100

71,6

21,6

4,0

2,8

Price/quality relationship of goods

100

49,6

32,0

8,4

10,0

Responsiveness of people

100

68,2

25,2

3,7

2,9

Cleanliness of towns

100

60,5

29,6

4,9

5,0

Entertainment opportunities

100

43,2

18,0

3,0

35,8

Knowledge of foreign languages

100

44,2

32,0

10,9

12,9

 

Latvian travellers abroad


Coming back from foreign countries, Latvian residents in the 2nd quarter of 2006 crossed the state border 761 thsd times, an increase of 5.8% compared to the 2nd quarter of the previous year.

Number of Latvian travellers crossing the state border (thsd) 

 

Similarly as in the previous surveys, the majority of Latvian travellers had visited the neighbouring countries Lithuania (36%), Estonia (17%), Russia (12%) and Belarus (7%). Of all the Latvian travellers who crossed the state border coming back from foreign countries in the 2nd quarter of 2006, 27% had visited their relatives and friends, 22% mentioned recreation as the purpose of their trip, 17% had been on a shopping tour but 15% mentioned business as the purpose of their trip. In the 2nd quarter of 2006 Latvian residents abroad had stayed on average 3.6 visitor nights, more than in the corresponding period of 2005 (2.6 visitor nights).

In the 2nd quarter of 2006 Latvian travellers abroad spent in total 84.7 mln lats, an increase of 7.1 mln lats or 8% compared to the 2nd quarter of 2005 (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenses on instructions of the employer and capital investments). It still holds true that Latvian travellers abroad spend considerably more money (by 9.3 mln lats) than foreign travellers in Latvia do. Latvian travellers have spent 17.1 mln lats in Lithuania, 10.1 mln lats in Russia, 8.8 mln lats in Great Britain, 8.1 mln lats in Germany, 4.3 mln lats in Italy and 2.9 mln lats in Estonia. Resident travellers in the countries of the European Union spent 57.7 mln lats and in the CIS countries 14.4 mln lats.

Latvian travellers abroad have spent on average 31 lats per day. If shopping was mentioned as the main purpose of the trip, the average amount spent per day was 448 lats.

As usual, men were the most active overnight travellers (57%). The most typical age of the travellers was from 25 to 44 years (54% of the total number of travellers). The purpose of the trip of these travellers to foreign countries was mainly recreation (26%), a visit to friends and relatives (26%) and business (25%). Younger travellers (15-24 years) preferred visits to their friends and relatives (44%) and recreation (36%). Resident travellers aged 44-64 years have mostly made business trips (32%), visited their relatives and friends (25%) and made recreational trips (19%) but for the Latvian residents aged over 65 years the main purpose of the trip was visiting their relatives and friends.

 

Assessment of foreign trips
(in per cent)

 


 

Assessment of the foreign trip by country
(in per cent)

Total

Of which evaluated the trip as

very good

good

satisfactory

bad

very bad

Austria

100

45,1

39,9

15,0

0,0

0,0

Belarus

100

40,0

42,4

16,7

0,4

0,5

France

100

32,4

63,1

4,5

0,0

0,0

Estonia

100

49,8

38,7

11,0

0,5

0,0

Russia

100

29,4

43,2

21,9

5,3

0,2

Lithuania

100

46,4

39,5

13,4

0,7

0,0

Poland

100

33,3

47,1

16,7

2,9

0,0

Finland

100

37,1

59,1

3,7

0,0

0,0

Ukraine

100

59,8

36,1

4,1

0,0

0,0

Germany

100

41,1

41,6

17,3

0,0

0,0

Sweden

100

63,9

30,7

4,8

0,5

0,0


Prepared by the Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Tel. 7366810
Edite Miezite