Reposted from the Global Times
Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj said Monday that his country will make more efforts to develop the tourism industry.
Elbegdorj made the remarks at a meeting with visiting Secretary-General Taleb Rifai of the World Tourism Organization of the United Nations.
Elbegdorj said Mongolia has rich and diverse tourism resources characterized by extraordinary natural landscapes, abundant historical heritage as well as unique ethnic customs.
The upcoming new government would not only develop Mongolia’s mining industry, but also make more efforts to boost the tourism sector as well as related infrastructure, the president added.
Rifai highlighted the key role played by tourism in creating jobs and promoting economic development, saying the total number of tourists around the world had reached 1 billion at present and one out of 10 job places were created by the tourism industry.
He said Mongolia has great potential in developing ecological tourism.
Mongolia owns many unspoiled landscapes and unique ethnic customs, such as the fossil fields in the Gobi Desert, the beautiful giant Khuvsgul lake as well as the grand national celebration — Naadam Festival, and all the attractions have laid solid foundation for the country’s tourism industry.
Over the last three years, the number of foreign visitors to Mongolia increased 11 percent, with revenues up 32.5 percent during the same period.
In order to realize the target to attract 1 million foreign visitors per year by 2015, the Mongolian government is expected to adopt more measures and channel more investment to boost the country’s tourism sector.
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