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North Korea continues push for international visitors by opening tourism college

North Korea has reportedly established a tourism college in the capital of Pyongyang with hopes of educating and training specialists in the tourism industry as part of an ongoing push for international visitors.

According to news outlet Choson Sinbo, the establishment of Pyongyang Tourism College is a part of “national initiatives to revitalise the tourism industry.” In addition to the college, Choson Sinbo reports that tourism departments have also been established at colleges of education at other regional universities in North Korea.

North Korea has set its sights on the tourism sector in the past, with the ill-fated ‘hotel of doom’ among plans for visitors, as well as a ski resort – which failed when attempts to purchase ski equipment fell through under UN sanctions on luxury goods.

The new tourism college has been launched as a predecessor to the planned Department of Tourism Services at the Pyongyang Jang Chol Gu University of Commerce.

North Korea is now making greater efforts to bring in overseas visitors, particularly from China. The country struggled to draw in foreign currency through tourism in 2013, with the slump blames on the country's insistence at carrying out a a third nuclear test.

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North Korea has reportedly established a tourism college in the capital of Pyongyang with hopes of educating and training specialists in the tourism industry as part of an ongoing push for international visitors. According to news outlet Choson Sinbo, the establishment of Pyongyang Tourism College is a part of “national initiatives to revitalise the tourism industry.” In addition to the college, Choson Sinbo reports that tourism departments have also been
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