Mongolia welcomes nearly 480,000 foreign tourists in first three quarters

ULAN BATOR (Xinhua) – Mongolia welcomed nearly 480,000 foreign tourists in the first nine months this year, up 10.7 per cent year-on-year, official data showed yesterday.

In the January-September period, 61.8 per cent of the tourists to Mongolia were from the East Asia and Pacific region, 31.4 per cent from Europe, 4.5 per cent from the Americas and 2.3 per cent from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa region, the country’s National Statistics Office (NSO) said.

Chinese tourists accounted for 31.6 per cent of the total number of foreign tourists in the period, according to the NSO.

Mongolia has been striving to develop its tourism sector in a bid to diversify its mining-dependent economy.

The country has set a goal of hosting one million foreign tourists and earning USD1 billion from tourism by 2020.

Mongolia attracted 529,370 foreign tourists in 2018, up 11.01 per cent from the previous year, according to the country’s Environment and Tourism Ministry.