Sustainable Tourism Development Project (ADB-50013-002)

  • Mongolia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Khuvsgul Aimag
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Government of Mongolia
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  • Agriculture and Forestry
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 38.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 38.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jun 26, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Nov 21, 2016

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Project Description
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Mongolia has a small but growing tourism sector. In 2014, tourism comprised 3.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) (MNT695.0 billion) and 2.8% of total employment (33,500 jobs). Tourism is forecast to rise 5.7% per annum to MNT1,298.6 billion (2.6% of GDP) in 2025. International tourist arrivals were 408,000 in 2015 and are forecast to increase 5.2% per annum to 620,000 in 2025. Government efforts to expand tourism are centered on Mongolia's unique wilderness values and large network of protected areas, which cover 17.4% of the country. Tourism presents important opportunities for income and livelihood diversification, yet realizing such benefits is challenging. Lessons learned from protected areas indicate the need for well-planned tourism concessions, basic public infrastructure, and inclusive planning. In contrast, protected areas in Mongolia are typically under-funded and located in poor regions with limited infrastructure. Unmanaged tourism may threaten ecological and cultural values and provide few benefits to local people. National models are required to guide tourism development in Mongolia's protected areas, tailored especially to cold, fragile, and remote environments.

(i) Per capita income in Khuvsgul Aimag increased.

(ii) Sustainability of tourism sector in Khuvsgul Aimag improved.

Integrated and sustainable management of Khuvsgul Lake National Park (KLNP) achieved.


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