Results of the traveller survey in the 3rdquarter of 2006

17.11.2006

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 3rdquarter this year rose by 25.7%, according to results of the survey.

Number of foreign travellers (thsd)

In total, foreign travellers in the 3rd quarter of 2006 crossed Latvia’s border 1660 thsd times. 65% 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 1.8 visitor nights. Overnight visitors stayed in Latvia on average 4.5 visitor nights (5.4 visitor nights in the 3rd quarter of 2005).

The majority of foreign visitors came from the neighbouring countries: 36% of the total number of travellers had come from Lithuania, 21% from Estonia, 7% from Russia, 6% from both Finland and Germany and 5% from Sweden.

In regard of the purpose of the trip to Latvia, 37% of the foreign travellers had come for recreation, 23% had arrived in Latvia only in transit, 15% had visited friends and relatives and 10% mentioned business as the purpose of the trip.

In the 3rd quarter of 2006 foreign visitors spent 90.1 mln lats in Latvia (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments), an increase of 21 mln lats or 24% on the corresponding period last year. In the 3rd quarter of 2006 the travellers spent on average 31 lats per day, up by 3 lats on the corresponding period of the previous year. The travellers from Germany spent the largest amounts (9.9 mln lats) followed by the travellers from Russia (9.8 mln lats), Lithuania (9.7 mln lats), Finland (8.4 mln lats), Sweden (8.2 mln lats) and Estonia (6.5 mln lats).

35% of the foreign visitors stayed in Latvia longer than 24 hours. Of those travellers who stayed in Latvia overnight,

46% were accommodated in hotels or similar establishments but 22% 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 (21%), previous visits (19%), relatives and friends (17%), tourist guides (16%), mass media (7%) and travel agencies (7%).

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

Of which evaluation:

good

satisfactory

bad

difficult to answer

Quality of services

100

70,6

20,7

4,1

4,6

Price/quality relationship of goods

100

55,2

34,5

4,7

5,6

Responsiveness of people

100

71,1

22,9

3,3

2,7

Cleanliness of towns

100

69,4

25,2

2,8

2,6

Entertainment opportunities

100

49,1

19,2

3,3

28,4

Knowledge of foreign languages

100

53,1

31,0

10,5

5,4

 

Latvian travellers abroad

Coming back from foreign countries, Latvian residents in the 3rd quarter of 2006 crossed the state border 1018 thsd times, an increase of 13.7% compared to the 3rd quarter of the previous year.

Number of Latvian travellers crossing the state border (thousands)


Similarly as in the previous surveys, the majority of Latvian travellers had visited the neighbouring countries Lithuania (34%), Estonia (17%), Russia (10%), Poland (7%) and Germany (6%). Of all the Latvian travellers who crossed the state border coming back from foreign countries in the 3rd quarter of 2006, 28% had visited their relatives and friends, 27.6% mentioned recreation as the purpose of their trip, 13.3% had been on a shopping tour but 11.6% mentioned business as the purpose of their trip. In the 3rd quarter of 2006 Latvian residents abroad had stayed on average 4.1 visitor nights, more than in the corresponding period of 2005 (3.9 visitor nights).

In the 3rd quarter of 2006 Latvian travellers abroad spent in total 141.6 mln lats, an increase of 46.4 mln lats or 33% compared to the 3rd 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 51.5 mln lats) than foreign travellers in Latvia do. Latvian travellers have spent 42.5 mln lats in Lithuania, 14.6 mln lats in Germany, 8.9 mln lats in Russia, 7.1 mln lats in Sweden, 5.8 mln lats in Turkey, 5.6 mln lats in Great Britain, 5.1 mln lats in Poland, 3.9 mln lats in Italy and 3.8 mln lats in Estonia. Resident travellers in the countries of the European Union have spent 106.9 mln lats and in the CIS countries 13.4 mln lats.

Latvian travellers abroad have spent on average 34 lats per day. If shopping was mentioned as the main purpose of the trip, the average amount spent per day was 786 lats.

As usual, men were the most active overnight travellers (61%). 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 (39%), a visit to friends and relatives (23%) and business (16%). Younger travellers (15-24 years) preferred recreational trips (48%) as well as visits to their friends and relatives (29%). Resident travellers aged 44-64 years have mostly visited their relatives and friends (35%), made recreational trips (28%) and business trips (15%) but for the Latvian residents aged over 65 years the main purpose of the trip was visiting their relatives and friends (72%).

Mode of transport used by Latvian travellers in crossing Latvia’s border (in per cent)

Assessment of foreign trips

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

60,6

30,6

8,8

0,0

0,0

Belarus

100

36,9

52,4

10,1

0,6

0,0

France

100

51,4

39,8

8,8

0,0

0,0

Estonia

100

48,4

42,4

7,4

1,8

0,0

Russia

100

44,6

37,0

15,1

3,2

0,1

Lithuania

100

47,8

42,4

8,7

1,1

0,0

Poland

100

45,1

40,3

13,0

1,6

0,0

Finland

100

37,3

54,8

6,0

1,9

0,0

Ukraine

100

56,2

27,9

8,9

7,0

0,0

Germany

100

50,1

42,4

7,5

0,0

0,0

Sweden

100

56,0

36,2

7,8

0,0

0,0

 

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