AKIPRESS.COM - Representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, the Nature Conservancy (TNC) NGO, the JICA representative office in Mongolia, and the Mongolian Tourism Association met with Shannon Stowell, CEO of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) on November 6, Montsame reported.
"Before the pandemic, Mongolia welcomed more than 577,000 tourists, generating an economic benefit of $607 million in GDP. The government strives to implement the "Years to Visit Mongolia" program and welcome one million tourists. Currently, Mongolia has received approximately 600,000 tourists, bringing in one billion dollars in revenue to the country's economy. We are ready to cooperate with ATTA for the development of outdoor adventure tourism in future," said Minister of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia Bat-Erdene Bat-Ulzii.
The participants exchanged views on several issues, including the development of adventure tourism, which is environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism, in Mongolia, the organization of the World Conference on Adventure Tourism, and the training of specialists in this field.
According to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism is a viable approach to establishing a sustainable financing mechanism for nature conservation, as exemplified by the Conservation Trust Fund spearheaded by The Nature Conservancy.