The most tightly controlled and secretive country in the world has
decided to develop its great tourism potential.
The country's dear leaders have
released an ambitious plan to increase arrivals from their current 100,000
annual visitors to around one million by 2017 and continue to ramp up the draw
to their self-proclaimed “socialist fairyland" to 2 million by 2020.
recent speech at the capital city of Pyongyang he is believed to have told his
people that the country can 'produce a lot of profit' from tourism, which is
why it is being made a top priority.
“Many people in foreign countries think in a wrong way
about our country. Though the economic sanctions of the U.S. imperialists are
increasing, we are developing our economy."
have something to do with secret police, detainments, interments,
disappearances, massive oppression, nuclear testing and that little mishap
where you assassinated your uncle.
But the leader simply brushed away
concerns about the country's human rights record.
Last month, a tour operator launched a holiday package
dedicated to the country's seaside offering.
In Pyongyang some of the popular tourist sites include a new
high-tech shooting range, where visitors can hunt animated tigers with laser
guns or use live ammo to bag real pheasants, which can be prepared to eat right
there on the spot.
North Korea is targeting potential tourists in markets
friendlier to its cause than the United States, such as Russia, China and
several Southeast Asian countries.