Mongolia: More income

Mongolia: More income through tourism

Mongolia is particularly popular with nature lovers and adventure tourists. Many areas are nature reserves. In Mongolia, tourists can tour steppe, desert or mountain areas on horseback or go hiking there, and they can learn about old traditions from nomads from various ethnic groups. In 2017, some 470,000 tourists visited Mongolia. The revenue Mongolia was able to generate from tourism during that year was 360 million US dollars, a 24 per cent increase over 2016.

As part of a trilateral cooperation programme with Thailand and Mongolia, Germany supports a sustainable tourism development project with a focus on three Mongolian provinces. Its purpose is to improve job opportunities for people in rural areas and to bolster local people's incomes through additional income from tourism.

To that end, ecotourism and fair tourism programmes have been developed, and Mongolia has received support with regard to marketing them. Tourism development has also been supported at the province and village levels. Thanks to the project, new tours have been developed, for instance to the bow makers of Selenge Province.

Results to date

Tailor-made strategies for the further development of tourism have been developed for the project provinces. In the first season after the start of the project, some 700 local and international tourists came to the three project provinces in summer 2018.

Project data

Envisaged duration: August 2017 to July 2020

Financial volume: 542,000 euros (trilateral cooperation budget)