Blue Pearl Ice Festival canceled due to fear over coronavirus outbreak

2020-02-18 14:06:05

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. ‘The Blue Pearl’ annual ice festival that aims to promote winter tourism in Khuvsgul aimag was scheduled from March 2 to 4. 

However, to prevent from the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in Mongolia, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism decided to cancel the annual winter festival this year. 

On February 11, the Emergency Commission of Khuvsgul aimag submitted their proposal to cancel the festival to the Ministry and also ordered to suspend the activities of bars, pubs, restaurants and karaokes with special license to sell alcoholic beverages in Khuvsgul aimag from February 11 until March 02. 

Over the past several years, the Blue Pearl Festival has grown into a major tourism event, attracting more than 15-20 domestic and foreign visitors.