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Tourism in Mongolia

Tourism in Mongolia was extremely limited by the [1] Mongolia takes an active part in United Nations World Tourism Organization, of which is a member party.

Foreign tourist number

To boost foreign investment in tourism, the Government of Mongolia offers special tax exemption equaling up to 10 percent of the total investment if offered for construction of high-rated hotels and tourist complexes. Licenses for tourism business were abolished and service provided by tour operators for expatriate visitors is now exempt from VAT. Standards and regulations are largely non-restrictive, with no complicated layers of bureaucracy issuing permission and exercising control.

A vivid example of the successful reform of the legal framework is the progressive increase of the number of visitors – the number reaching 450,000 in 2010 - tripling the 2000 estimate.[2] With one of the world's lowest population densities, the vastness of the Mongolian-Manchurian grassland, desert, as well as the numerous mountains, rivers and lakes offer plenty of adventure. Although backpacking is becoming more common, travel outside Ulanbataar is mostly arranged by tour operator companies.

Famous Naadam Festival

In January 2013, the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia approved official slogan for Mongolia's tourism called “Go Nomadic, Experience Mongolia” [3] which, it believes, will properly position help boost tourism industry in Mongolia. However, after a year the Ministry replaced the official slogan to new "Mongolia - Nomadic by Nature.[4]

On March 5th, 2014 during ITB Berlin 2014 exhibition in Germany, officials from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia signed an agreement to become official partner country for ITB Berlin 2015. [5]


Activity travels available include trekking, climbing, bird watching, horse riding, rafting, camel riding, yak caravan and overland motorcycle tours. Many of these tours focus strongly on ecology and wildlife, and almost all of them include the Gobi Desert as one of their destinations; apart from its numerous native animal species, the desert is famous for its fossilised dinosaur bones and eggs. Mongolia's lakes represent another good hiking destination, as do the Four Holy Peaks surrounding Ulaanbaatar or the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, in the Umnugobi.[6] The economy of Mongolia is expecting "unstoppable" growth as its natural resources are tapped,[7] which will enable further investment in infrastructure.

Events

The main festival is world-famous Democratic Revolution. Naadam consists of three Mongolian traditional sports: archery, long-distance horse-racing, and Mongolian wrestling. In 2013, The Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Mongolia published Mongolia Tourism Calendar of Events 2013, in which the Ministry collected all public events related to Mongolian tourism and culture.[8] Many events included in the calendar, which is also available for download online, are repeat events.

Other events include:

Hotels and resorts

Hotels in Ulaanbaatar

  • Hotel Mongolia
  • Sky Resort
  • Ramada Ulaanbaatar City Center
  • Chinggis Khaan Hotel
  • Tuushin Hotel
  • Kempinski Hotel Khan Palace
  • Ulaanbaatar hotel
  • Bayangol hotel
  • Puma - Imperial Hotel

Transportation

Chinggis Khaan International Airport in Ulaanbaatar is the major international airport in the country, offering scheduled flights to and from Russia, China, South Korea, Japan, Germany and Turkey.

See also

References

  1. ^ Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism, Mongolia
  2. ^ Mongolian travel directory
  3. ^ "Official Tourism slogan". 
  4. ^ "Mongolian Tourism Ministry replaces slogan with new one in February 2014". 
  5. ^ "Mongolian to participate as partner country for ITB Berlin 2015". 
  6. ^ Mongolian Travel Directory
  7. ^ "Mongolian Wolf to Be ‘Unstoppable’".  
  8. ^ Mongolia Tourism 2013 Calendar of Events is published
  9. ^ EZnis Airways halts its operation

External links

  • Bigges Tourism Information Website of Mongolia
  • Official Tourism Website of Mongolia
  • Official Tourism Website of Bayan-Ölgii, Mongolia
  • Travel and Tourism Related News of Mongolia in English
  • Official Tourism Website of Mongolia Samar Magic Tours
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