Firm to develop tourism in N. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea -- A company with connections to the Unification Church plans to develop a wide array of tourist facilities in North Korea's Mount Kumgang region, according to reports from South Korea.

Developer Kumgangsan International Group has business connections with Tongil Group, a South Korean company owned by Unification Church leader Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

Kumgangsan International Group said it entered into an agreement with North Korea to develop hotels, ski resorts and golf courses at Mount Kumgang.

In August, Tongil announced an agreement with North Korea to operate one-day boat excursions for South Koreans wanting to visit Mount Kumgang.

Kumgangsan will face competition from South Korean megacompany Hyundai Group, which also is set to develop tourism facilities and cruises

in the region before the end of the year.

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