Gareth Johnson is the CEO of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company that specializes in tourism to countries including North Korea, Cuba and Iran.
The DPRK has invested heavily in tourism outside Pyongyang as it seeks to entice travelers with new experiences
Cambodia hosted the preliminary match against Australia, setting the stage for the DPRK's iconic upset of Italy
Pyongyang offers an array of entertainment, from laser tag to water parks, beyond the typical statues and monuments
The feeling of crossing the bridge by train from China for the first time is a truly unforgettable experience
The DPRK will need to scale up infrastructure, mend broken diplomatic bridges to blossom as a tourist destination
Though the project quickly folded, the DPRK demonstrated a surprising openness to new tourism ideas
Far from supporting the regime, tourism promotes understanding between peoples that view themselves as enemies
The DPRK’s flirtation with capitalism has led to hotels, casinos, beaches and trade shows in one small area in the North
Guides occupy a strange middle ground when it comes to North Korea watchers due to all the time spent in the country
The reality of sightseeing is much different than portrayed, despite some restrictions
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