North Korea holidays, Extended Kim Il Sung Anniversary Tour

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: North Korea holidays, Extended Kim Il Sung Anniversary Tour

Environment

North Korea is a country where 'green' policies and principles are not exactly buzz words so it's all about the little things adding up to slowly start to make a difference. The country tends to suffer from a shortage of basic items which results in the need for the recycling and re-use of most things, for example all waste food is re-used as compost / animal feed. We are always talking to our local ground agents about the importance of stressing to clients the importance of basic responsible principles such as appropriate waste disposal, not to waste water, turning off lights on leaving the room in hotels, not replacing towels and bedding daily etc.

As a company we have introduced responsible practices in our UK office including paper, cardboard, aluminium and plastic recycling. We also support local UK charities including the RNIB and various charities around the world. 50% of our office staff use public transport (bus and train) and cycle to work. Management encourages this with their introduction of the cycle to work scheme which offers subsidised cycle ownership.

Community

By the very nature of life in North Korea all services are provided by local Korean people. This includes your local English-speaking group guides, the drivers, local guides at various monuments/sites (such as the DMZ) and hotel staff. All staff are paid a fair wage for North Korea and all wages are kept within the local communities thereby supporting local people. Furthermore, by visiting these hotels and sites additional income is brought into the region, further helping to develop the local area.

All meals are included on the itinerary and food is sourced locally whether it is served in the state-run hotels or a local restaurant. All hotels on the itinerary are locally owned, managed and run - there are no international hotel chains in North Korea.
On many of our group tours guests visit two co-operative farms which are run for the benefit of all the families who live there. There is the opportunity to visit the farms to see and learn about how they are run, to meet one of the families and see how they live. There is an on-site shop where guests can buy locally made produce which directly contributes to the farm and a small contribution is made to the co-operatives for each visit thereby helping support these important local communities.

Possibly one of the key positive benefits of visiting North Korea is the albeit sometimes small influence outside attitudes and cultures can make on the people of the country. The North Korean people are always welcoming and friendly and keen to learn a little about Western ways. This holiday helps to allow each culture to learn a little about the other which should hopefully encourage tolerance between North Korea and the outside world.

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