Travel and Tourism Mongolia
Horseback Riding In Mongolia – A sustainable tourism activity
Travel and Tourism Mongolia is featuring high on the agenda to plan the country’s path for sustainable development. The president of Mongolia has emphasized the significance of tourism to diversity Mongolia’s economy.
Horseback riding in Mongolia is a great way to enjoy the culture of this unique land and see some of the most beautiful natural area’s Mongolia has to offer. Horseback riding in Mongolia as a tourism activity is only growing and there are now several high quality companies that offer not only amazing tours, but high standards of operation and safety while enjoying the Mongolian countryside. Stone Horse Expeditions & Travel are one of these companies that not only provide extraordinary horseback riding excursions in some of the most outstanding protected areas in the country, but now also offer Gobi desert tours that combine, jeep travel, camel and horse riding and hiking on there Gobi Adventures.
As Mongolia grows and its tourism sector along with it, an earlier written article points out the intent of the Mongolian government to support tourism as an important part of the economy. The article below is well worth reading again to see the intent and the backing that Mongolia will put into this portion of the economy for its long term and sustained growth. And horseback riding in Mongolia is one of the more sustainable activities to undertake.
Mongolia looks to tourism to diversify its economy
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The President of Mongolia, Elbegdorj Tsakhia, has pinpointed tourism as a means to diversify the Mongolian economy and outlined plans to increase international tourist arrivals to the country (Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 23 July 2012).
“Not only should we focus on our mining industry, which is booming, we should also diversify our country’s economy through sectors such as tourism,” said President Tsakhia.
The President further expressed his intention to boost tourism related infrastructure, raise public awareness of the importance of tourism and build “a dedicated and stronger administration for the sector”.
President Tsakhia made the remarks at a meeting with UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, who applauded the President’s recognition of tourism’s contribution to economic growth, job creation and development.
“Tourism is the oil that never runs out,” said Mr. Rifai. “While other economic sectors generate short and medium-term gains, tourism, when sustainably planned and managed, has proven to stimulate economies over the long-term.”
“By placing sustainable tourism higher in its national agenda, Mongolia looks set to continue benefiting from the income generated by visitors for years to come,” he added.
On the occasion of his visit, Mr. Rifai presented President Tsakhia with an Open Letter from UNWTO and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) on the importance of tourism to global growth and development. The Letter calls on Heads of State and Government to prioritize the sector higher in national policies in order to maximize its full potential.
Mr. David Scowsill, President & CEO, WTTC, said: “Mongolia has a rich culture, offering a unique and powerful experience to travellers. Mongolia has truly arisen as a destination and I am delighted that the country’s leadership fully recognises the importance of Travel & Tourism as a vehicle for job creation and sustainable economic growth. In 2011, the industry directly employed 34,500 jobs (3% of total employment) and sustained, both directly and indirectly, 9% of GDP in Mongolia. Long term growth forecasts are extremely positive with Travel & Tourism’s contribution to the country’s GDP set to rise by 6% per annum over the next ten years. With government support this figure could be boosted even further and today’s acceptance of the Open Letter by President Tsakhia sends a strong signal of support to the Travel & Tourism industry, both within Mongolia and internationally.”
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