Mongolia welcomes 480 thousand foreign tourists this yearSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. In its monthly report for September 2019, National Statistical Office of Mongolia informed that 4.7 million passengers (double counting) have crossed the border of Mongolia in the first 9 months of 2019. The number was increased by 104.4 thousand or 2.3 percent compared to the same period of previous year.
In the first 9 months of 2019, 525.6 thousand foreign passengers have entered into Mongolia, showing an increase of 40.0 thousand or 8.2 percent compared to the same period of previous year. Of those foreign passengers, 89.5 percent stayed up to 30 days and the remaining stayed for more than a month.
In terms of their purpose, 477.9 thousand or 90.9 percent of all foreign passengers were tourists, which grew by 46.2 thousand or 10.7 percent compared to that of last year. In addition, 47.6 thousand or 9.1 people of foreign passengers entered for purposes of business, education and permanent residency.
During the given period, the number of tourists from Vietnam increased by 338 or 54.7 percent, tourists from China and its Hong Kong Special Administrative Region increased by 1166 or 44.0 percent. Also, the number of Malaysian tourists increased by 323 or 21.9 percent, tourists from Japan increased by 3360 or 18.8 percent, tourists from South Korea increased by 14152 (18.7 percent). Tourists from some other countries showed decline, including Turkey by 837 or 36.5 percent, Ukraine by 176 or 14.5 percent, Australia by 384 (6.0 percent).
Moreover, 61.8 percent of inbound foreign passengers were from East Asia and Pacific region, 31.4 percent from Europe, 4.5 percent from the USA, 2.3 percent from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa regions. Among all the inbound foreign passengers, 31.6 percent were Chinese, 21.4 percent were Russian, 17.4 percent were South Korean, 4.2 percent were Japanese, 3.3 percent were American, 2.6 percent were Kazakhs and 19.5 percent were other nationalities.
In the first 9 months of 2019, 1.8 million Mongolian passengers (double counting) traveled abroad, from which 1.3 million or 70.4 percent traveled for personal purposes.