It has a notorious reputation as the most secretive state in the world under the dictatorship of Kim Jong-Un. But now leisure trips to see the isolated communist country of North Korea are being promoted at World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry.
Regent Holidays, the only UK tour operator to deal directly with the North Koreans (other UK operators have to deal with intermediary in China), has been advised by its agents in North Korea that visas to the country will now be granted to US passport holders.
North Korea has proposed talks with South Korea about resuming tourism projects in a bid to rebuild the cash-strapped country’s once-lucrative tourism economy. The reclusive North has also hinted it will open its doors to tourisms from arch enemy the United States.
North Korea has reopened its border with South Korea to allow the resumption of tourism and family reunions, in a further sign that the world’s most reclusive nation is moving back towards diplomatic engagement. The self-imposed blockade had cut off vital sources of income, but now tours to Diamond Mountain resort and ancient sights in the city of Kaesong will restart soon.