Mongolia anticipates one million visitors in 2020

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As the official partner country of ITB Berlin 2015, Mongolia is promoting itself as a country that is dynamic and cares about nature.

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As the official partner country of ITB Berlin 2015, Mongolia is promoting itself as a country that is dynamic and cares about nature. In 2014 Mongolia registered 400,000 visitors, including 9,500 from Germany. Visitors have been able to enter Mongolia without visas since 2013 and currently efforts are under way to improve the infrastructure and tourism products. “Our goal for 2020 is one million tourists,” said Banzragch Margad of the tourism ministry, “and for tourism to contribute 14 percent to GDP. Currently, the figure is 5.3 percent.”

Tsolmon Bolor, the Mongolian ambassador, reiterated the words of Mongolia’s president, Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj: “The Mongols are back – but we come in peace,” and expressly invited tourists to visit the country that boasts the slogan “Nomadic by Nature.” Additional airline routes are being introduced in order to make it easier to reach Mongolia. A new international airport close to the capital Ulaanbaatar, with an annual capacity of 3.5 million passengers, is due to open in 2017 and will be operating 24 hours a day. Erdene Bat-Uulga, the mayor of Ulanbaatar, said that in order to welcome visitors attractive festivals and events are being planned for 2015. “We are the gateway to Mongolia,” said Bat-Uul, “and I cordially invite everyone to knock on my door. You are most welcome.”

However, despite these ambitious plans Mongolians remain firmly focused on nature. Myagmarjav Navchaa, who works for the Mongolian tour operator Tsolmon Travel, stressed that “almost half of the country’s inhabitants are nomads – and must live their lives in nature.”

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