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DPRK woos Vietnamese tourists after Hanoi summit

Tourism officials of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have urged Vietnamese travellers to seize the golden opportunity to visit the country following a summit between DPRK leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi last month.

Ham Jin from Korea International Travel Company (KITC) said it is prime time for Vietnamese tourists to visit the DPRK.

He said that following the Hanoi summit, this is a golden chance to generate a tourist market for Vietnamese who wish to tour the Northeast Asian country.

The KITC is hosting a booth at the ongoing Vietnam International Travel Mart in Hanoi - with brochures advertising a dolphinarium, a science and technology complex and a war museum in Pyongyang, as well as the Masikryong mountain skiing resort.

The DPRK receives an estimated 100,000 foreign tourists a year. However, the KITC puts the number at double that and said visitor numbers grew by as much as 50 percent last year.

The country is currently building a sprawling seaside resort known as the Wonsan-Kalma Coastal Tourist Area in a zone that has previously been used for artillery drills and ballistic missile launches.

After the Hanoi summit, President Trump has heralded the DPRK’s economic potential, praising its great beaches that he said would make ideal locations for tourists.