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North Korea holding press conference for tourism introduction at VITM Vietnam International Travel Mart 2019

(TITC) In the afternoon of March 28th 2019, at Vietnam Trade Union Hotel in Hanoi, North Korea International Tourism Company in collaboration with the VITA held a press conference to introduce North Korea Tourism. This is one of the activities sidelines of the Vietnam International Travel Mart 2019 (VITM 2019).

Attending the press conference were Mr. Ham Jin - General Director of Korea International Travel Company, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tho - Chairman of Vietnam Tourism Association, representatives of tourism enterprises of Korea and Vietnam, with numerous news agencies.At the press conference, Mr. Ham Jin shared about North Korea's view on tourism development with the consideration of tourism as a means to promote exchanges and friendship between countries and maintain the sovereignty of the Korea People's Democratic Republic.

Over the years, the North Korean government has focused on exploiting different tourist destinations, opening tourism exchanges with many countries by making development plans as well as investing in resorts on North Korean territory. Besides, the Government of the Korea People's Democratic Republic also called for resources to develop tourism infrastructure. North Korea has been a member of the World Tourism Organization, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) since 2015.

Recently, the number of tourists coming to North Korea also increased significantly in which the source of tourists mainly came from countries like Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East ... Tourism enterprises of this country expect to continue promoting activities to attract visitors to North Korea in the coming years.The representative of North Korea International Tourism Company added that as of October 2018, there were about 300 Vietnamese visitors coming to North Korea; this number of tourists coming from Vietnam is expected to increase 10 times, which is about 3,000 visitors.

Vietnamese visitors to North Korea can experience services from standard to special on 4-day-3-night tours or 5-day-4 night tours at famous North Korean tourist destinations such as: Pyongyang Capital, Kaesong area...

At the press conference, Mr. Nguyen Huu Tho - Chairman of VITA has suggested to North Korea International Tourism Company, on the occasion of the US-Korea high-level meeting taking place in Hanoi, Chairman Kim Jong-Un has arrived in Vietnam by train to Lang Son. According to Mr. Tho, there should be a tour simulating the train to Lang Son because this is a historic train. He hopes that there will be a direct flight from Hanoi to Pyongyang in the near future.

At the end of the press conference for North Korean tourism introduction, the signing ceremony of cooperation between North Korea International Tourism Company and VITA was held.

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