The third tourism ministerial meet of Mongolia, China and Russia was conducted on Monday with an aim to strengthen trilateral exchanges in the tourism sector.
More than 150 Mongolian representatives including a 61-member Chinese delegation and a 17-member Russian delegation had participated in this meeting.
The three sides thereafter discussed ways to promote cross-border tourism, rise in the number of tourists, jointly boost tourism products and upgrade the quality of services of tourists and ease visa policies to facilitate tourism according to Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia as it declared on Monday.
Additionally, they agreed to exchange relevant statistical data on tourism industry and share their experiences on how to lure tourists.
They had also agreed to analyze the issue of establishing tourist information centers in important cities and thereby develop Silk Road tourism brand.
Initiated by China, the first ministerial meeting was held in China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in 2016, and the second in Russia’s Buryatia last year.
The official data released by the Mongolian Environment and Tourism Ministry indicates that a total of 144,000 Chinese tourists visited Mongolia in 2017, up 8 percent from the previous year.
The number of tourists from Mongolia to China reached 345,000 in 2017.
Mongolia has been striving to develop its tourism sector in a bid to diversify its mining-dependent economy. This landlocked country has declared 2018 as a tourism year. It has set a goal of hosting 1 million foreign tourists and earning 1 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.