Mongolia to hold annual horse festival next month for tourism promotion

Saturday, October 26, 2019


Mongolia will hold an annual horse festival next month for tourism promotion and pass on the horse culture to future generations, said the authorities.


The sixth edition of the festival titled “Horses of Mongolian Steppe” will be held in Batnorov soum in its eastern province of Khentii from November 1-3, said the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in a statement.


There will be several activities, including horse racing and lasso competitions in the festival. Mongolia ranks among the top worldwide in terms of horse population.


According to the National Statistical Office of Mongolia, there were over 66.46 million livestock animals in the country as of the end of 2018, among which 5.9 percent were horses.


Mongolia is aiming to develop its tourism sector for diversifying its mining-dependent economy.


The horse festival is one of more than 30 tourism events planned to be organized by the Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism this year for luring more domestic and foreign tourists.


Mongolia has set a goal of receiving 1 million foreign tourists and earning 1 billion U.S. dollars from tourism in 2020.


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