Plans

Tide turns on plans for North Korean ‘Ibiza’ beach resort

Wish you were here? Wonsan, a port city on the east coast of North Korea. - Teun Voeten
Wish you were here? Wonsan, a port city on the east coast of North Korea. – Teun Voeten

 

ITS tourism potential has been lauded by no less a real estate expert than Donald Trump, who praised its “great beaches”. But six years after it was first proposed as North Korea’s answer to Ibiza, work on the country’s first international tourist resort appears to have ground to a halt.

Backed personally by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, the Wonsan beach project was supposed to show a lighter side to the hermit state, with luxury hotels, a marina, and a sports complex.

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Wyndham Sees Opportunity at the Top of the World With Plans to Open First Hotel in Nepal

The catastrophic impact of coronavirus on travel demand isn’t keeping Wyndham Hotels & Resorts from expanding and even introducing a new brand to the Indian subcontinent.

Wyndham announced plans this week to open its first hotels in Nepal and Bhutan over the next year while also moving forward with plans to grow its Hawthorn Suites brand in India. The company sees strong market fundamentals in the region for more of its economy and extended stay brands like Hawthorn, Howard Johnson, and Days Inn as well as the midscale Ramada brand, currently its biggest brand in India.

“I believe, in the

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