Tourism in Mongolia

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MINISTRY OF NATURE, ENVIRONMENT AND TOURISM, MONGOLIA

HOW TO DEVELOP TOURISM IN UMNUGOBI PROVINCE

MRS.BAYASGALAN SARANJAV
SENIOR OFFICER OF TOURISM DEPARTMENT

CONTENTS:
BACKGROUND OF THE COUNTRY  TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCES  TOURISM POLICIES  TOURISM DEVELOPMENT OF UMNUGOBI  HOW TO DEVELOP TOURISM IN UMNUGOBI? 

MONGOLIA
Country status:


At 1,564,116 square kilometre, Mongolia is the 17th largest and the most sparsely populated country in the world, with a population of around 2.8 million population.

Ulaanbaatar - capital city of Mongolia, 1.2 million population

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT






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In 1990 tourism sector has been privatized and private sector investment increased Number of tourists have reached to 457,514 in 2011 Total income of tourism sector was 282 million USD in 2011 700 tour operator company 350 hotel and 375 tourist camps 65 star rated hotels

GROWTH OF TOURIST 2000-2011
500.000 450.000

400.000
350.000 300.000 250.000 200.000 150.000 100.000 50.000 0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 number of tourist

Large territory Different natural zones Great historical heritage Nomadic cultural heritage Pastoral heritage Wide possibilities to develop adventure, eco and winter tourism  Safe investment condition      

Tourism resources

2. TOURISM POLICIES
National tourism program

Marketing strategy plan

Regional development master plan

Master plan for Ulaanbaatar region

Master plan for Central region

Master plan for Western Region

Master plan for Eastern Region

Regional Tourism Development Program

TOURISM DEVELOPMENT OF UMNUGOBI
Omnogobi was one of the first aimags in Mongolia to develop tourism since 1963 and remains one of the most popular destinations in Mongolia  Between 20 000 and 40 000 tourists visit each year  There are 19 tourist camps with a total of 1311 beds 

Main destinations
 The

main attraction for international visitors is the desert landscape  Most tourists visit three destinations Khonghoryn Els, Yolyn Am and Bayanzag.  Other destinations receive far fewer visitors.

Flaming Cliffs
It is a spectacular escarpment and valley made famous by the discovery of important dinosaur finds, including the first dinosaur eggs.

Yolyn Am
This is one of a series of valleys in the Gurvan Saikhan mountains and notable because it retains ice through most of the year, ice in a desert in the summer.  Has a number of rare bird species including Kovlov’s Accentor and Altai Snowcock and is regularly visited by specialist bird-watching tours. 

Khongor Sand Dunes
This is one of the largest and most spectacular sand dunes in Mongolia, with a stream and seasonal marsh at their base which attracts large numbers of birds on migration. There are tourist camps near the dunes and several herder groups receive tourists in gers and offer camel rides so that tourism is their main source of income.

Opportunities
Mining The development of mining provides a number of opportunities for tourism development: improved infrastructure will make it easier for tourists to reach Omnogobi; a growing population especially in Khanbogd soum will provide a new market; and international mining companies have made commitments to corporate social responsibility and already support a number of initiatives helping local communities. Cross-border tourism Large numbers of Chinese tourists visit tourism complexes in Inner Mongolia and it may be possible to attract them to resorts in Omnogobi.

Other destinations
Monasteries


The three Buddhist monasteries of Danzan Raja in Khanbogd soum are under State Protection. The monastery at Demchogiin Khiid is being restored and a series of stupas have been built. The monastery is described as the World Energy Centre, but the designation is ambiguous for international tourists and many Mongolians.

Petroglyphs


There are extensive petroglyphs...
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