Tourism in Mongolia

Mongolia recorded a total of 529,000 tourists in 2018, ranking 138th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Mongolia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.16 tourists per resident, Mongolia ranked 131st in the world. In East Asia, it ranked 5th.

Mongolia generated around 526.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.8 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 888 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Mongolia from 1995 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Mongolia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Tourists per year in Mongolia

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 33.00 million USD, or about 2.3 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 108,000 tourists at that time and roughly 306 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 526.00 million USD, accounting for 4.0 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 994 USD for his holiday in Mongolia.

Tourism receipts in Mongolia per year

All data for Mongolia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995108,00033.00 m $2.3 %306 $
199671,00020.00 m $1.5 %282 $
199782,00025.00 m $2.1 %305 $
1998165,00047.00 m $4.2 %285 $
1999155,00043.00 m $4.1 %277 $
2000154,00043.00 m $3.8 %279 $
2001187,00049.00 m $3.9 %262 $
2002229,000143.00 m $10.24 %624 $
2003201,000154.00 m $9.7 %766 $
2004301,000205.00 m $10.29 %681 $
2005339,000203.00 m $8.0 %599 $
2006404,000261.00 m $7.6 %646 $
2007452,000349.00 m $8.2 %772 $
2008446,000272.00 m $4.8 %610 $
2009412,000253.00 m $5.5 %614 $
2010456,000288.00 m $4.0 %632 $
2011460,000197.00 m $1.9 %428 $
2012476,000215.00 m $1.7 %452 $
2013418,000236.00 m $1.9 %565 $
2014393,000257.00 m $2.1 %654 $
2015386,000279.00 m $2.4 %723 $
2016404,000379.00 m $3.4 %938 $
2017469,000462.00 m $4.0 %985 $
2018529,000526.00 m $4.0 %994 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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