North Korea urges Vietnamese tourists to visit

Published on : Friday, March 29, 2019

Tourism officials from North Korea on Thursday urged Vietnamese travellers to avail a “golden” opportunity to visit the country following a summit between Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi last month.

 

With an economy crippled by international sanctions, isolated North Korea is keen to boost its nascent tourism sector by attracting more foreign visitors, the bulk of whom currently come from China.

 

A North Korean tourism official said it was prime time for Vietnamese visitors to travel to the country after Hanoi hosted Trump and Kim for a second round of nuclear talks in February.

 

Ham Jin of the official Korea International Travel Company (KITC) said his company hosted a booth at a tourism fair in Hanoi this week — with brochures advertising a dolphinarium, a science and technology complex and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in “ever-changing” Pyongyang — while others urged skiers to pay a visit to the Masikryong mountain resort.

 

Kim paid an official visit to Hanoi after his meeting with Trump, piquing curiosity among some Vietnamese eager to know more about the reclusive leader and his country.

 

“I want to discover this mysterious country because there are many things to see,” said Do Thi Phuong Thuy, who signed up for a tour after Kim’s trip.

 

North Korea receives an estimated 100,000 foreign tourists a year, according to industry insiders, though Pyongyang does not publish visitor data.

 

A Vietnamese tour operator at the fair said his client numbers have surged this year, but that some travellers remain wary.

 

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