Recently, as the DPRK has established a lot of tourist facilities with an excellent service condition, the number of tourists both at home and from abroad is increasing. Now dozens of areas including Pyongyang, Kaesong, Mt. Kumgang and Mt. Myohyang have tourist facilities. The Wonsan area, a tourist attraction located in an ecologically favourable region, is a good example. It has newly established the Kalma Hotel, Saenal Hotel and Masikryong Hotel that can accommodate thousands of visitors.
Hotels in the vicinity of Mt. Kumgang can accommodate a lot of tourists. The area is attracting not only Koreans but also foreigners, for it has more than 100 sites of historical importance, several bathing resorts, natural lakes and spas whose water is good for treating stomach troubles. The DPRK noted for its scenic beauty provides services for general tour, cultural tour, sports tour and so on so as to meet the increasing demand of Korean and foreign tourists.
Korea is a peninsular country located in the east centre of the Asian continent. It borders on China and Russia on the north and is bounded on the other three sides by the sea. About 80 percent of its whole territory consists in mountains including Mt. Paektu (2 750 m), the highest mountain in the country, Mt. Myohyang, Mt. Kumgang and Mt. Chilbo. It has a lot of rivers and streams and a long coastal line. The East, West and South seas of Korea are linked with the Pacific Ocean. It has four distinctive seasons, and its mountains and streams are beautiful in any season.
So tourists from many regions and countries can fully enjoy themselves in the DPRK. In recent years, the country has mapped out its strategy for sustainable development of tourism and is focusing state concern and investment on the relevant projects. Having planned to increase the number of tourists the country takes positive measures to establish modern tourist facilities. In summer last year Pyongyang Taedonggang Beer Festival 2016 was held in Pyongyang and in September there took place a lot of functions including Wonsan International Friendship Air Festival 2016 in Wonsan, deeply impressing tourists.
Meanwhile, the country is making positive efforts to lay a material and technical foundation for development of tourism. Pyongyang College of Tourism trains specialists for development of tourism, and the tourist faculty at universities of education in every province, too, trains tourist workers in a far-sighted way. Dozens of travel companies including Korea International Travel Company and Pyongyang Koryo International Travel Company have been organized to ensure the convenience of tourists from home and abroad. Korea International Travel Company, which was established on August 24, 1953, is a typical example. The travel company receives tourists from many regions like China, Russia, Southeast Asia and Europe, and provides them with varieties of services including those for general tour, cultural tour and sports tour.
In March last air line from Pyongyang to Dandong was opened providing convenience to a lot of people who wish for a tour of Korea. The airliner departs from Pyongyang at 9 a.m. on every Tuesday and Friday and arrives in Dandong at 9:50 a.m. (9:20 a.m. local time), and it departs from Dandong at 10:50 a.m. (10:20 a.m. local time) and arrives in Pyongyang at 11:40 a.m.
Under the ideal of independence, peace and friendship, the DPRK is putting continuous efforts in developing tourism in order to develop cooperation and exchange with many countries and provide the people with opportunities for rich cultural and leisure activities.