On the survey of Latvian residents about the trips made in the country in the 3rd quarter of 2009

22.12.2009

The survey on the domestic trips of Latvian population conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB)* show that in the 3rd quarter of 2009 there were 1252.8 thsd recreational trips with overnight stays and 3562.3 thsd same-day recreational trips.

The number of recreational trips with overnight stays has increased by 7%, if compared to the 3rd quarter of 2008, but the number of trips during which travellers used hotels and other accommodation establishments has decreased by 23.5%. It was due to the fact that residents accommodated in private lodgings (at relatives and friends, in summer cottages, in rented houses and flats, etc.) more.

Most popular destination of recreational trips with overnight stays was Riga region – 35.2%. In its turn 19.8% of all recreational trips with overnight stays were made to Latgale, 17.3% - to Kurzeme, 14.1% - to Zemgale and 13.6% - to Vidzeme.

The average length of recreational trips with overnight stays was 2.2 visitor nights, of which the average length of the long trips (4 and more nights) was 7.2 visitor nights.

22% of population preferred recreational trips with overnight stays, and during single trip one traveller on average spent LVL 17.7, and it is LVL 5.1 less than in the 3rd quarter of 2008.

Recreational trips were mostly preferred by women (52.9%). The majority of travellers (45.8%) were aged 25-44 years.

In its turn the number of business trips with overnight stays was 62.4 thsd which is less by 29% than in the same period of 2008. 17.3 thsd residents went on such trips. During this trip one traveller on average spent LVL 35.2. Men constituted the majority of business travellers – 88.2%. Cars were the most often used transport vehicle for recreational and business trips.

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


Recreational trips with overnight stays

Business trips with overnight stays

Total

100.0

100.0

Car

71.4

92.7

Bus

20.8

4.3

Train

6.9

3.0

Other

0.9

0.0

*According to the requirements of European Parliament and Council Directive 95/57/EC of December 19, 2001 Central Statistical Bureau carried out a survey on domestictrips. Starting with 2009 due to the changes in methodology recreational trips with overnight stays made within own administrative territory and outside it are counted (prior only those made outside of the administrative territory were counted).

 

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