North Korea

North Korea is seeking foreign investment to fund a $20 million casino cruise ship aimed at boosting tourism in the region. But international sanctions and cultural differences mean the initiative may never set sail.

North Korea is seeking foreign investment to fund a $20 million casino cruise ship aimed at boosting tourism in the region. But international sanctions and cultural differences mean the initiative may never set sail. 

North Korea is seeking foreign investment to fund a $20 million casino cruise ship aimed at boosting tourism in the region. But international sanctions and cultural differences mean the initiative may never set sail. When considering vacation options, most holidaymakers don’t place North Korea high on their list of choices. Strict visa requirements, a lack of luxury accommodations and a trigger-happy dictatorial leader are enough to deter even the most intrepid explorers.



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North Korea is seeking foreign investors for a cruise ship program, which it says will be permitted to operate a casino, the Yonhap news agency reported.

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has pulled its sponsorship of U.S. basketball star Dennis Rodman’s visits to North Korea following criticism from human rights groups. Rodman held an exhibition basketball game in the North Korean capital on Jan. 8 to celebrate leader Kim Jong-un’s birthday. The plan came under fire following the recent leadership purge in the secretive state, which resulted in the execution of Kim’s uncle.

As sponsor of superstar basketball player Dennis Rodman, who has made two visits to North Korea thanks to its leader's love for the game, Paddy Power will be sponsoring the Paddy Power Dennis Rodman Basketball Invitational tournament.  The goodwill tournament will feature games played in North Korea and Europe between a North Korean team, trained by Rodman, and a team of US players.