Last year for­eign trav­ellers stayed in Latvia for longer, but spent less money

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In 2016, for­eign trav­ellers crossed the bor­der of Latvia 6.8 mil­lion times, which is 0.7 % less than dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year. Last year for­eign trav­ellers spent EUR 645.2 mil­lion in Latvia – EUR 97.0 mil­lion or 13.1 % less than in 2015.

In 2016, Latvia was vis­ited by 1.8 mil­lion for­eign overnight trav­ellers (11.4 % less than in 2015), spend­ing 12.3 % less and the ex­pen­di­ture amount­ing to EUR 474.4 mil­lion. Latvia was vis­ited for the first time by 30.1 % of the for­eign trav­ellers. As com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, the to­tal num­ber of nights spent in­creased by 7.6 %, reach­ing 8.8 mil­lion nights. Vis­i­tors stayed in Latvia for 4.9 days on av­er­age – 0.9 days more than in 2015, ac­cord­ing to data from the Cen­tral Sta­tis­ti­cal Bu­reau of Latvia.

Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, there was an in­crease in the num­ber of for­eign overnight trav­ellers from Poland – of 8.6 %, Lithua­nia – of 8.5 %, Ger­many – of 6.7 %, and the United King­dom – of 4.8 %. In turn, there was a de­crease in the num­ber of for­eign overnight trav­ellers from Swe­den – of 37.1 %, Bel­gium – of 34.6 %, the Czech Repub­lic – of 23.4 %, Rus­sia – of 20.3 %, and Es­to­nia – of 7.0 %.

Most of the overnight trav­ellers (93.0 %) came to Latvia for tourism pur­poses, of which 47.7 % came for recre­ation, 26.1 % came to visit rel­a­tives and friends, and 19.2 % came on busi­ness trips. In turn, 7.0 % came to Latvia for other pur­poses, for ex­am­ple, to study.

The av­er­age ex­pen­di­ture per trip around Latvia amounted to 332.70 euros for those trav­el­ling alone and 209.41 euros for those trav­el­ling with fam­ily, friends, col­leagues. The av­er­age daily ex­pen­di­ture for those trav­el­ling on their own amounted to 62.34 euros, whereas for those trav­el­ling with some­one – 46.17 euros.

Out of the 8.8 mil­lion nights, 37.4 % were spent at rented or paid ac­com­mo­da­tion, while 62.6 % were spent at pri­vate or non­rented ac­com­mo­da­tion. On av­er­age, a sin­gle trav­eller spent 6.8 days at pri­vate ac­com­mo­da­tion, which is 3.6 days more than at a rented ac­com­mo­da­tion es­tab­lish­ment (3.2 days on av­er­age).

Of all the for­eign overnight trav­ellers who crossed the bor­der of Latvia in 2016, 49.8 % used road trans­port, 44.5 % used air trans­port, 2.1 % used sea trans­port and 3.6 % used rail trans­port.

Last year most of the same-day and overnight bor­der cross­ings came from the neigh­bour­ing states of Lithua­nia (40.4 %), Es­to­nia (20.6 %) and Rus­sia (8.8%). There was an in­crease in the num­ber of bor­der cross­ings made by vis­i­tors from Ger­many (34.6 % more), Poland (24.1 %), Aus­tria (16.5 %), Hun­gary (14.0 %), and Is­rael (13.9 %). In turn, the bor­der was crossed less times by vis­i­tors from Swe­den (63.0 % less), Turkey (40.0 %), Den­mark (39.2 %), Bel­gium (32.9 %), Ukraine (23.0 %), the Czech Repub­lic (15.1 %), and Switzer­land (13.3 %).

Last year the num­ber of for­eign trav­eller vis­its had in­creased by 34.8 % since 2010 and by 80.1 % since 2005. The ex­pen­di­ture of for­eign trav­ellers go­ing on trips around Latvia has in­creased 2.4 times since 2005, whereas the num­ber of nights spent by overnight trav­ellers has grown 1.8 times. The av­er­age length of stay has reached the high­est mark in re­cent years, near­ing 5 days.

Pan­therMe­dia/SCANPIX

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