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Mongolia declares 2023, 2024 as ‘years to visit Mongolia’

Children ride camels during Temeenii bayar Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag. Picture: Reuters

Children ride camels during Temeenii bayar Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag. Picture: Reuters

Published Jul 5, 2022

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Ulan Bator - The Mongolian government has declared 2023 and 2024 as “Years to Visit Mongolia” to promote the country’s pandemic-hit tourism sector.

Mongolian Minister of Environment and Tourism Bat-Ulzii Bat-Erdene said: “The move will give a major boost to our country’s goal of attracting 1 million foreign tourists in 2024.”

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Meanwhile, on Tuesday (July 5), the government launched an online platform for promoting Mongolia internationally, he said.

In addition, every foreign tourist who has obtained an e-visa to come to Mongolia will soon receive a greeting letter from the prime minister of Mongolia titled “Welcome to Mongolia”, Bat-Erdene said.

Mongolia’s economy is largely dependent on its export-oriented mining sector. Developing tourism is seen as the most viable way to diversify the economy.

Mongolia has set a goal of welcoming 1 million foreign tourists and earning $1 billion from tourism in 2024.

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The country attracted 42 060 foreign tourists in the first five months of this year, up 391.7 percent from the same period last year, as a result of re-opening its borders to foreign tourists in February.

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