Results of the survey of border crossings in 2008

22.05.2009

 

LATVIAN TRAVELLERS ABROAD

Results of the sample survey of border crossings show that in 2008 Latvian residents crossed the state border 3.5 mln times, an increase of 4% on 2007, according to the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB). For already several years the destination of the Latvian travellers has not changed: the majority of travellers still prefer the neighbouring countries, most often Lithuania (33%), followed by Estonia (16%) and Russia (11%). Last year 76% of the travellers departed to the countries of the European Union and 17% - to the CIS countries.

Of all the Latvian travellers who visited foreign countries in 2008, 28% mentioned recreation as the main purpose of the trip, 27% had visited their relatives and friends, for 14% the main purpose was business and for 14% it was shopping.

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

In 2008, Latvian travellers abroad spent 585 mln lats, up by 100 mln lats on the previous year (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments). The travellers spent 114 mln lats in Lithuania or 19% of total expenditures abroad, 76 mln lats or 13% in Germany, and 33 mln lats or 6% in Russia. In total 393 mln lats were spent in the countries of the European Union. Considerably less (41 mln lats) were spent in the CIS countries.

In 2008 the average expenditures of one traveller per day was 42 lats, 5 lats more than in 2007.

In 2008 on average Latvian travellers spent 4.0 visitor nights abroad.

55% of the total number of travellers were same day travellers, that is, they did not stay overnight in the country they visited; for 17% of the travellers the length of the trip was 1-3 days, for 17% it was 4-7 days but 11% of the travellers stayed abroad longer than one week.

INDICATORS CHARACTERISING LATVIAN TRAVELLERS
(sample survey data)

 

Number of border crossings, in thsd

Total expenditures abroad, in mln lats

Average length of trip, visitor nights

Average daily expenditures per traveller, in lats

2006

3114

404.6

3.8

34

2007

3376

484.8

3.8

37

2008

3524

585.1

4.0

42

 

FOREIGN TRAVELLERS IN LATVIA

In 2008 foreign outgoing travellers crossed Latvia’s border 5.5 mln times, an increase of 5%, compared with the previous year, according to the survey results of 2008. The majority of foreign visitors came from the neighbouring countries Lithuania and Estonia. 86% of the foreign visitors came from the countries of the European Union and 10% - from the CIS countries.

Foreign travellers by countries (in per cent)

According to survey data, 22% of the foreign visitors had been in Latvia only in transit. 31% of the foreign visitors mentioned holidays as their main motive for the trip, for 13% of the foreign visitors it was visits to their friends and relatives, for 16% - business, but 9% mentioned shopping as their purpose of the trip.

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


In 2008, similarly as in 2007, the visitors stayed in Latvia on average 1.4 days. 69% of the travellers were same day visitors, that is, they did not stay overnight in the country; for 21% the trip lasted 1-3 days, for 7% - 4-7 days and only 3% stayed in the country more than 7 days. 66% of the foreign overnight travellers were accommodated in hotels but the remaining travellers stayed in private and other places of accommodation.

In 2008, foreign travellers spent 403 mln lats in Latvia, up by 65 mln lats on the 2007 (this amount does not include travel expenses, expenditures on instructions of the employer and capital investments). The largest amounts in Latvia were spent by the travellers from Lithuania (75 mln lats) and Germany (42 mln lats). The travellers spent on average 51 lats per day, but if they were accommodated at relatives and friends, their average expenditures were 25 lats per day.

INDICATORS CHARACTERISING FOREIGN TRAVELLERS
(sample survey data)

 

Number of border crossings, in thsd

Total expenditures in Latvia, in mln lats

Average length of trip, visitor nights

Average daily expenditures per traveller, in lats

2006

4645

266.2

1.5

39

2007

5236

338.0

1.4

47

2008

5496

403.2

1.4

51

 

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