World Footprints: Mining threatens Mongolia’s tourism

Mining has concealed tourism and cause the economic growth of Mongolia. Indraa Bold, director of the Mongolian National Tourism Organisation (MNTO) said that mining took the place of agriculture as Mongolia’s tourism’s competitors. 13.4 per cent of Mongolia’s GDP was accounted for tourism last 2004. The number is gradually falling and is currently at 10 per cent of the country’s GDP as of today. Mean while, the mining sector is responsible for 30 per cent of the Mongolia’s GDP. This number is expected to rise some more according to Resource Investment Capital, a consultancy in Ulaanbaatar. Bold said that no matter what the tourism sector does, growth will be directly affected by mining. She also said that mining companies were able to acquire land-use rights in, unfortunately, places of historic interest including the Bichigt Khad Valley, the Darkhad Valley and the sacred meditation sites of Danzanraviaa among others. To read the full article, click hereMining threatens Mongolia’s tourism

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