October 16, 2019
Banned from the industry: One agent’s North Korea travel experience
Walter Keats looks back on running tours to – and getting banned from – the DPRK
For Walter Keats, North Korea was far from the first out-of-the-way location he had taken tour groups to. A social anthropology graduate from Harvard, he began his travel industry career in China as the country opened up in the 1970s, making him one of the first American tour operators to arrange commercial tours there.“Over the succeeding years I expanded the business into other East Asian