Gareth Johnson is the CEO of Young Pioneer Tours, a travel company that specializes in tourism to countries including North Korea, Cuba and Iran.
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
Tens of thousands could soon be enjoying a one-of-a-kind summer vacation in the DPRK
Large numbers of tourists may want to visit North Korea after international travel resumes
Chinese numbers to DPRK are dropping significantly, but Western operators remain optimistic
Possible Shanghai-to-Pyongyang flights a godsend in face of potential stagnation
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