Latvians were active domestic travelers last year

Data published June 7 by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in 2021 Latvian residents went on 8.3 million trips within Latvia, which is 34.6 % more than in 2020, and spent EUR 299 million, 46.6 % more.

Of which 5.9 million were one-day trips, which is 23 % more than a year ago. Mostly (35.2 %) of residents traveled in the vicinity of Rīga, where the most popular destinations were Jūrmala (9 %), Sigulda municipality (4.1 %), Tukums municipality (3.1 %), Saulkrasti municipality (3.0 %), Engure municipality and Ogre municipality (2 %).

Trips to Vidzeme comprised 16.2 % (most popular destinations were Cēsis municipality – 4.8 % and Valmiera – 2.4 %), to Kurzeme – 14.9 % (most popular destinations were Kuldīga municipality – 2.7 %, Ventspils – 2.4 % and Liepāja – 2.1 %), to Zemgale – 13 % (most popular destinations were Jelgava – 2.6 % and Bauska municipality – 2 %), Riga – 11.6 % and Latgale – 9.1 % (most popular destination was Daugavpils – 2.4 %).

The number of overnight trips around Latvia amounted to 2.4 million last year, which is 75 % more than in 2020.

In 2021 residents traveled the most (53.5 %) for recreation (the share rose by 10.9 %, compared to 2020). Visits to friends and relatives were the purpose in 38.3 % of trips, as the share fell by 8.7 %. 8.2 % of trips were made for another personal or business purpose.

In total, 6.6 million nights were spent in domestic trips, which is 61.7 % more than a year ago. The average length of a stay during a trip was 2.8 days – 0.2 days less than in 2020. An average of 2.4 days were spent in rented accommodation, in non-rented accommodation – 2.9 days.

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