China was the top foreign source of tourists to Mongolia in 2011. Chinese accounted for about 40 percent of the total, followed by Russians, the report said.
A tourism official said some 460,000 tourists had visited Mongolia in 2011, up 0.7 percent from the previous year. The total revenue from tourism was estimated at 190.7 million U.S. dollars.
Other major sources of tourists included South Korea, Japan, the United States, Germany and Britain.
Mongolia’s vast steppe and untapped natural landscape are major drawcards during the warm summer times.
The Mongolian government has developed a national strategy to boost tourism, with the goal of increasing the number of foreign tourists to 1 million by 2015.