State-sanctioned travel operators in North Korea says that business is booming despite the nation’s threats of nuclear war against South Korea and the U.S. They have been accepting tourists who wish to visit the secretive country for several years now.
A 23-year old British tourist, Richie Fenner, who had visited North Korea 20 times, recalls how different this elusive country is to other nations he visited. It has a smaller population than most of its neighboring countries, it has less traffic, less pollution and no commercial advertisements are on sight.
He later on invested in a travel company called YPT(Young Pioneers Tours) and served as a tourist guide. YPT’s tagline is “Adventure travel to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.”
Last year, the small firm made up of just seven personnel brought 500 curious travelers to North Korea. Fenner predicts that this number will increase to about 800 this year.