The “Horses of Mongolian Steppe” Festival will be held in Batnorov Soum in Khentii Province on 1-3 November. It is one of many promotional events for supporting tourism sector and passing on Mongolia’s horse culture to future generations. Over 30 tourism events are planned to be organized this year.
Mongolia ranks among the top worldwide in terms of its horse population. According to the National Statistical Office of Mongolia, there were over 66.46 million livestock animals as of the end of 2018, of which 5.9 percent were horses.
Mongolia has been striving to develop the tourism sector to diversify its mining-dependent economy. As part of this drive, the country has set a goal of receiving 1 million foreign tourists and earning 1 billion U.S. dollars from tourism in 2020. Mongolia attracted a total of 217,000 foreign tourists in the first half of 2019, up 14.8 percent year-on-year.