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Slight hope for the Mongolian travel industry

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According to Mongolia's National Statistics Office, the number of foreign tourists visiting the country reached 317 thousand as of September 2015, which is more by 0.4 percent only compared to the same period of the previous year.

One third of them are Chinese nationals, most of whom are workers coming to Mongolia on a tourist visa to work on construction sites. At the same time, there has been a trend in the increasing number of tourists from Russia, South Korea and Kazakhstan.

A survey by the Mongolbank (Central bank) shows that a daily expenditure by a foreign tourist reaches USD 126, out of which 30% goes to accommodation, 24% to food expenses and 20% to other products and services. Those surveyed tourists pointed out at several problems they encountered such as insufficient street addresses and markings, lack of information on public transportation, laundry services and littering problems.

The authorities were expecting to rise the number of foreign tourists to 1 million in 2015, partly by participating in ITB Berlin 2015 as a partner country.

However, the number continues to decline for three consecutive years. In 2012, this number was 475,892, while 417,815 in 2013 and 392,844 tourists in 2014.