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In 2019, the largest number of foreign travellers and amount of expenditure was reached in Latvia

In 2019 foreign travellers crossed the border of Latvia 8.3 million times, which is 7.3 % more than the year before. The latest data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that traveller expenditure rose by 7.2 % and reached EUR 806.3 million.

Number of border crossings, expenditure and changes of 10 largest foreign traveller markets

Country

Number of border crossings, thousand

Expenditure, thousand euros

2019

Changes as %
over 2018

2019

Changes as %

over 2018

Total

8 344

7.3

806 340

7.2

Lithuania

2 826

3.4

162 326

43.1

Estonia

1 468

8.2

93 266

-3.3

Russia

924

31.3

111 878

25.5

Germany

511

9.9

79 495

9.0

United Kingdom

313

-13.5

95 338

7.9

Poland

294

9.9

5 686

-1.6

Belarus

269

6.3

14 824

-31.7

Ukraine

218

76.2

19 839

2.5 times

Finland

217

16.0

38 061

-0.4

Sweden

205

-39.2

19 909

-59.4

Same-day travellers

In 2019, the number of same-day travellers or number of border crossings increased by 9.9 %, reaching 6.4 million, expenditure – by 14 %, reaching EUR 268.1 million.

The largest rise was observed in the number of same-day travellers from Ukraine – by 93.4 % (175.7 thousand), Russia – by 36.2 % (626.3 thousand) and Belarus – by 32.4 % (246.3 thousand). Average expenditure in same-day trips also increased by 3.7 % – EUR 41.81.

Even though 48.5 % of the same-day travellers stayed in Latvia in transit, their expenditure in expenditure structure comprised 17.1 %. Out of total same-day traveller expenditure the largest share (52.3 %) was comprised by expenditure of those travellers, who arrived for shopping.

Overnight travellers

In 2019, Latvia was visited by 1.9 million foreign overnight travellers (0.6 % less than in 2018), spending 4.2 % or EUR 538.2 million more. Compared to the year before, the total number of nights spent rose by 5.1 %, reaching 8.3 million nights.

Visitors stayed in Latvia on average for 4.3 days – 0.3 days more than in 2018. 

1.2 million or 63.3 % of all overnight travellers arrived to Latvia from Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Finland. 18.9 % (0.4 million) travellers were from Belarus, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, France and Netherlands*.

Significant increase was observed in the number of overnight travellers from three largest priority markets – from Lithuania of 12.2 %, from Russia – of 22.1 % and from Estonia – of 19.5 %. On average travellers from Russia spent EUR 301 per trip1, which has not changed, as compared to the previous year. Travellers from Lithuania on average spent EUR 136.3 per trip last year (increase of 27.5 %), but travellers from Estonia – EUR 123.9 (increase of 22.1 %).

Even though the number of travellers from Norway and Sweden fell by 19.1 % and 55.6 %, total expenditure of travellers from these countries rose. Last year tourists from Sweden stayed in Latvia for a longer period of time – 4.5 days, (3.5 days in 2018), but average expenditure of travellers from Norway per day grew by 12.5 % and reached EUR 97.4.

831.5 thousand overnight travellers visited Latvia for recreation – to spend a weekend or other holidays, and share of these travellers rose to 43 % of the total number. The average length of stay in recreational trips did not change – 3.6 days. Even though out of the total number of overnight travellers 1 % less arrived for health treatment purposes, their daily expenditure increased by 51 % and reached EUR 122.6 per day. Also the length of stay for health treatment purposes was almost two times longer (7.1 nights) than, for example, in recreational trips.

The largest share of expenditure of overnight travellers was comprised by expenditure in restaurants, cafes and for food – 31.7 %. As compared to 2018, expenditure for food rose by 12.5 % and reached EUR 170.8 million.

The largest increase of expenditure (of 42.1 %) as for the local transport – taxi, public transport, car rent – in total that was EUR 32.4 million. Increase of 22.9 % was registered for recreation (EUR 33.3 million) – travellers visited cultural events and museums more.

Expenditure for accommodation rose by 13 % (EUR 153.2 million) and comprised 28.5 % of total expenditure in the structure of foreign travellers, but expenditure for purchases decreased by 17.9 % (EUR 134.3 million) of total expenditure.

Characteristics of foreign travellers; 2009–2019

 

Number of border crossings, thousand

Total expenditure of persons crossing border, million euros

Number of border crossings by overnight travellers, thousands

Nights spent by overnight travellers, thousands

Average length of trip, nights

2009

4 727

489.6

1 323

5 263

4.0

2010

5 042

475.1

1 373

5 297

3.9

2011

5 538

540.0

1 493

6 126

4.1

2012

5 569

545.8

1 435

5 799

4.0

2013

5 822

608.4

1 536

7 017

4.6

2014

6 246

668.5

1 843

7 828

4.2

2015

6 842

742.2

2 024

8 154

4.0

2016

6 797

726.1

1 793

8 776

4.9

2017

7 726

748.2

1 949

8 865

4.5

2018

7 775

751.9

1 946

7 864

4.0

2019

8 342

806.3

1 935

8 266

4.3

 

Notes

*Accordingly Tourism Marketing Strategy 2018.–2023 of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, priority tourism target markets of Latvia are Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Norway and Finland. Secondary target markets are Belarus, United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, France and Netherlands.
 

1Traveller expenditure does not include international transport expenditure.

 

 

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More information on the data:
Transport and Tourism Statistics Section
Dita Zemīte
E-mail: Dita.Zemite@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366690

 

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