China will allow its travel agencies to organize tour groups to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) of North Korea as the Chinese government has decided to grant approved destination status to the neighboring country.
China’s National Tourism Administration (NTA) said group tours to the DPRK will start ‘at an appropriate time after the two countries negotiate details and sign official agreements.’ Which, in truth, sounds promising.
Deputy head of the NTA Du Jiang said when he met his DPRK counterpart during a visit to the country that 2009, the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-DPRK diplomatic relations, would be a good opportunity for both countries to enhance cooperation in tourism.
Deputy Director Kang Chul-soo of the DPRK National Tourism Administration said the DPRK considered China as an important tourist source and hoped China could offer assistance in such fields as tourism promotion and personnel training.
Air China, the leading Chinese carrier, launched direct service from Beijing to Pyongyang in March. It is the only foreign airline to offer scheduled flights to the DPRK capital.
Source: English People’s Daily Online