PHILIPPINE-BASED luxury travel specialist, Celebrate Life! TLC, is mapping plans to launch tours to Pyongyang, North Korea early next year.
Operations manager Simon Ang is currently in talks with the Beijing branch of a North Korean tour operator, whom he had met at a luxury travel mart in Shanghai last June.
The company aims to begin tours by end-February or March 2013.
Ang, who is also eyeing Laos and Myanmar after launching tours to Bhutan earlier this year, said Pyongyang would offer visa on arrival although passport details would have to be submitted in advance. The North Korean tour operator would handle visa arrangements, he added.
To access Pyongyang, travellers from Manila will have to make their way to Beijing, where they can purchase air tickets to the North Korean capital.
Ang told TTG Asia e-Daily that there is a market for this niche, especially among Filipino Chinese.