Night Light Street isn’t over, says project ini­tia­tor

The UB Post - - DOMESTIC -

Capital City Day, Hal­loween, Christ­mas and New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions will be or­ga­nized with var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and events at Night Light Street this year, re­ported Night Light Street Project ini­tia­tor O.Bil­guun.

O.Bil­guun noted that the project was a huge suc­cess, gath­er­ing more than 70,000 adults and chil­dren for the first time in his­tory at a sin­gle venue in Mon­go­lia. He said that on es­ti­ma­tion, around 379,000 peo­ple vis­ited Night Light Street in June, 290,000 peo­ple in July, 195,000 peo­ple in Au­gust, and 160,000 peo­ple in Septem­ber. Out of a to­tal of 1,024,000 vis­i­tors, 65,040 were for­eign tourists, claimed O.Bil­guun.

The project ini­tia­tor dis­closed that the pub­lic gave tons of feed­back, both good and bad, about Night Light Street and promised to im­prove lack­ing ar­eas be­fore the re-launch planned for next sum­mer in May.

Night Light Street will be dec­o­rated with more lights, equipped with more de­vices, and ex­panded to Naran Mall to meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to O.Bil­guun. Fol­low­ing complaints about un­reg­u­lated al­co­hol sales and smok­ing, the project team de­cided to make the street a non-smok­ing zone, set up sev­eral smok­ing ar­eas, put up “No smok­ing” signs, and en­hance su­per­vi­sion for busi­nesses op­er­at­ing around the venue in an ef­fort to re­solve smok­ing and al­co­holic bev­er­age sales re­lated prob­lems.

“Night Light Street isn’t a project that’ll be over in a few years. It should be con­tin­ued and de­vel­oped fur­ther. Next year, I hope to bring fa­mous artists from all over the world for a ma­jor show I’m plan­ning for the pub­lic,” said O.Bil­guun.

The project team had been work­ing on the project for five years and al­most im­me­di­ately re­ceived ap­proval from the Mayor of Ulaan­baatar as it was con­sis­tent with Tar­get 1.4.10 of the 2016-2020 Mayor’s Ac­tion Plan, which aims to de­velop an Ulaan­baatar Night pro­gram to in­crease tourists.

All prepa­ra­tions for the new hotspot for tourists and young peo­ple was com­pleted in three weeks in or­der to make it ready for the JCI Re­gional Congress for Asia and Pa­cific in Ulaan­baatar, which took place last sum­mer, O.Bil­guun ex­plained.

The project ini­tia­tor stressed the im­por­tance of the tourism sec­tor to the na­tion’s eco­nomic growth and said that the main rea­son he ini­ti­ated Night Light Street was to cre­ate an at­trac­tive venue for tourists that will ul­ti­mately pro­vide a space for tourists and lo­cals to spend their leisure time, in­crease in­vest­ment in the city, and open new jobs.

Photo by E.KHARTSAGA

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