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Published on : Wednesday, July 5, 2017
On Tuesday, 4th July, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) opened an office in Mongolia, as part of its efforts for diversifying the country’s tourism market beyond neighboring countries of China and Japan.
An opening ceremony was held at the office in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia’s capital, in which 150 government officials from both countries, local travel agents and medical officials took part to strengthen their ties.
According to the KTO, the number of Mongolian visitors has increased rapidly over the past five years. In 2016, 79,165 Mongolians visited Korea, and 20 percent of them did so to avail of medical treatments.
Gantogoo Sergelen, who became a singer after winning the Migrants’ Arirang Multicultural Festival in Korea last year, was appointed as the KTO’s honorary ambassador. According to the KTO, more than 17.2 million foreigners visited Korea last year. Among them, half were Chinese (8 million), followed by Japanese (2.3 million).