Reports have surfaced in Korean media that a Seoul-based travel firm is planning to offer tour packages to North Korea, possibly from next month.
Sunwoo Airlines Travel Agency Co. has said that it has secured an exclusive contract with Pyongyang to sell North Korean travel packages to foreigners living in the South.
However, Chinese and American nationals, as well as Koreans, are not allowed to participate in the program.
M&PG Korea, which recently contacted North Korean officials on behalf of Sunwoo Airlines Travel Agency, said that the Seoul tour company has won the exclusive contract from a Chinese travel agency in Liaoning Province, which in turn won a contract from the North’s Kumgangsan International Travel Company.
M&PG Korea explained that the contract on North Korea tour programs was signed via a Chinese tour agency due to international sanctions on North Korea.
Sunwoo Airlines Travel Agency said it plans to start the sale of North Korea tour programs in October through partnerships with about 10 tour operators in Busan, Daegu, Gwangju and other provincial cities.
Trips will begin at airports in Seoul and Busan and go to North Korea through Shenyang in China, the company said, adding that the length of time spent in the North will range from five to nine days.
“The North Korea tour packages will be offered to foreigners alone due to the sanctions on the North. If the sanctions are lifted in the future, we will push to sell the North Korea tour packages to South Korean nationals, too,” said a company official.