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NGA Tearline project assesses North Korea tourism industry at standstill

 Feb. 14, 2023

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NGA Tearline project assesses North Korea tourism industry at standstill

SPRINGFIELD, Virginia – The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Stimson / 38 North have collaborated through NGA’s open-source Tearline project to research the North Korean tourism industry post-pandemic. 

Under Kim Jong Un, developing North Korea’s tourism industry has been a high priority, but several projects still have not resumed after being halted during the pandemic. The research found that four key tourism properties developed at different paces and several remain unfinished or unused.
North Korea’s reopening has been slow and, based on the current low rate of development, it’s unclear when foreign visitors may be allowed to enter again. 

Economic priorities in recent years promoted projects meant to improve the standards of living for domestic use—such as housing and local area revitalization projects—rather than for generating income for tourism. 

To see the full Tearline reporting, visit

NGA’s Tearline Project is an ongoing series of collaborations with academia and non-profit groups to create public-facing, open source intelligence on various strategic, economic and humanitarian intelligence topics that are under-reported. 

For more information about Tearline, including how to propose a research topic, please visit  



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