Mongolia introduces community-based sustainable tourism

2018-12-04 18:19:58

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The Ministry of Environment and Tourism, ‘Airbnb’ and ‘what3words’ announced launching of a joint project to create a favorable condition for tourism in Mongolia. A memorandum of cooperation between the parties was signed in May, 2018.

Under the Airbnb slogan ‘Belong Anywhere’, this innovative partnership based on the Airbnb platform and what3words geocoding system gives an opportunity for nomads, who have addressing uncertainty and seasonal migration, to earn income from tourism. It’s remarkable that nomads from the north of Mongolia to Altai Tavan Bogd mountains are listed on Airbnb. However, the hosts expressed that their biggest problem for receiving tourists is addressing issue. The what3words addressing system will be a great support for the tourism industry in rural areas.

“In collaboration with the Ministry and the Airbnb we are delighted to start a project that allows anybody to profit from tourism sector . The location of the service provider can be easily found using the three word tagging technology of what3words, which makes a major contribution to the development of Mongolia's tourism sector,” noted M.Uyanga, what3words Mongolia Country Manager.

“With the Airbnb’s global platform and the three word address, tourists will discover our unique lifestyle and local culture” said S.Bayasgalan, director of the Department of Tourism Policy Coordination at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in cooperation with what3words have fully addressed the Gorkhi Terelj National Park area, which became the first national park to be addressed in three word system.