|calendar>>February 19. 2013 Juch 102|
DPRK Draws Increasing Number of Tourists
| Pyongyang, February 19 (KCNA) -- Interest in DPRK tourism is ever growing worldwide.
According to data available, a large number of people visited the DPRK for tourism from some 50 countries and regions over the last one year.
The number of tourists has been steadily increased from the beginning of the 2000s, sharply from Juche 98 (2009).
The number of arrivals from European countries is also on increase.
The increase is fueled by many attractions.
Eye-catching achievements made by the country in the effort for building a thriving socialist nation in recent years are one of the attractions.
Some of the tourists introduce their good impressions of the country through media and websites.
New air routes by chartered flights to the DPRK were opened last year from Shanghai, Harbin, Xian and Yanji of China.
The Kuala Lumpur-Pyongyang air route was re-opened as a regular service in tourism season.
Local tourism by plane and bicycle is encouraged and border areas were opened for tourism.
Among tourism destinations are Mts. Paektu, Kumgang and Chilbo, Sinuiju City in North Phyongan Province and the Rason Economic and Trade Zone.
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