Khovd aimag prepares itself for International Tourism Mart in UlaanbaatarSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On September 23, the SPACES (Supporting Protected Areas for the Conservation of Ecosystem Services) project implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism organized a training for tourist accommodation providers from the Khovd region. The participants learned how to prepare themselves for Mongolia’s International Tourism Mart (ITM) which will take place on October 30 and 31, in Ulaanbaatar.
The training was conducted at the Department of Environment and Tourism by Ms. Mieke Kuiters and Ms. Soninbolor Tuguldur, SPACES’ GIZ staff for Tourism Development in the Khovd region and took place amidst a full week of tourism and hospitality training organized by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Participants of the SPACES-training were informed about the benefits of promoting their own tourist camp or hotel at tourism trade shows, the importance of building a strong regional tourism product and creating a solid network among stakeholders in tourism.
About half of the participants of the training are newcomers in the tourism sector, who received support from SPACES to start a tourism business or who received support to improve their existing business. The Khovd Tourism Association, also present at the training, sided with SPACES in emphasizing the importance of capacity building to ensure an equitable relationship with Tour Operators.
At the ITM, tourism accommodation providers have the opportunity to sign contracts with Tour Operators for the coming season. To promote their ger camp or hotel, participants of the training learned to describe their accommodation and made a start with designing their own promotion flyers. Putting the information to the test, participants also engaged in a roleplay to practice a business discussion with a Tour Operator, which emphasized the importance of good communication with Tour Operators. Participants expressed feeling much more confident about their own role and responsibilities in tourism development and all are looking forward to performing at their best at the ITM.
The SPACES project is a Mongolian-German cooperation project funded by the German Government and implemented by GIZ and MET. For more information please contact: Dr. Michael Trockenbrodt, SPACES Project Manager; E: email@example.com
Source: GIZ Mongolia