Presenter Bios

Dr. Sangchoul Yi is a Senior Researcher at Korea Maritime Institute.

His research interest is tourism-related quality of life, tourism impacts, tourism development strategy, and policy.

Mr. Chang-mo Ma is an Associate Research Fellow at Korea Maritime Institute.

Dr. InJoo Yoon is a Senior Researcher at Korea Maritime Institute.

Her reserach areas are tourism development in North Korea and marine tourism.

Abstract

The cooperative tourism project between South Korea and North had been an icon of the promotion of peace. However, the North Korean soldier’s shooting on a female Korean tourist in 2008 suspended the project that shuttled Korean tourists to Mt. Kumgang resort in North. After such an incident, Kim Jong-un has taken his office, attempting attacks on South Korean territories and conducting nuclear weapon experiments. Consequently, all cooperative projects have been suspended. However, some scholars said that tourism is still a very powerful mean to promote peace between divided nations. The aim of this research is to provide a theoretical framework for facilitating tourism development in North Korea and difficulties by conducting an in-depth interview with visitors to North Korea.

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A new paradigm for tourism development in North Korea

The cooperative tourism project between South Korea and North had been an icon of the promotion of peace. However, the North Korean soldier’s shooting on a female Korean tourist in 2008 suspended the project that shuttled Korean tourists to Mt. Kumgang resort in North. After such an incident, Kim Jong-un has taken his office, attempting attacks on South Korean territories and conducting nuclear weapon experiments. Consequently, all cooperative projects have been suspended. However, some scholars said that tourism is still a very powerful mean to promote peace between divided nations. The aim of this research is to provide a theoretical framework for facilitating tourism development in North Korea and difficulties by conducting an in-depth interview with visitors to North Korea.