Tour professionals call for equality in services for both national and int'l travelers

2017-06-05 16:01:01
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ “Ulaanbaatar 2017” national tourism exhibition was held on June 3 and 4 at Sukhbaatar Square. It was organized in an effort to boost domestic tourism. Although officials say it is impossible to count the number of domestic tourists, an unofficial source told us that over 200 thousand Mongolians entered the specially protected areas last year.

Also, one million and 500 thousand Mongolians travelled abroad.
In 2016, 404,239 international tourists visited Mongolia, indicating an increase of 17,952 people compared to that of 2015. The tourism sector specialists expect to receive about 500 thousand tourists this year.

During the exhibition, representatives of foreign diplomatic missions to Ulaanbaatar, tourism departments of aimags and soums, authorities of specially protected areas, outbound tour companies, airline companies, international ticket centers, universities, marketers of tourism by-products, tour projects and businesspeople introduced their activities to viewers. Travel instruments and gears were sold at discounted prices.

President of the Ulaanbaatar Tourism Association D.Gereltuv said: “20 years have passed since the establishment of our association. We are organizing this event to promote domestic tourism, which is a great necessity now that a half of the country’s population is living in one city. People from Ulaanbaatar usually spend their vacation in the countryside. Nowadays, the road condition has become relatively better compared to how it was many years ago. It is time to stop discriminating the travelers by where they come from. They have to be able to enjoy equal standard of tour services regardless of whether they are national or international. What we need is a stable and long-time policy toward development of tourism”.

The tour companies were appealing the travelers to travel with respect for the surrounding environment, by cleaning after themselves. They called for the need to teach tourists, especially, the domestic tourists to learn the culture of travelling in an environmentally friendly way.