Role of tourism in unifying the two Koreas Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper reviews the origin of the Korea division, the rationale for reunification, and the failure of past political efforts for reunification. Its primary focus is on the relationship between tourism and peace in the context of Korea and the role tourism could play in spearheading a thrust towards reunification. Two tracks in diplomacy are recognized. Track one diplomacy is the official channel of government relations. Track two diplomacy is the unofficial channel of people-to-people relations. In the context of Korea, tourism is perceived as a primary vehicle for facilitating successful track two diplomacy. It offers a nonthreatening apolitical way of tentatively initiating closer relationships and creating an environment which could facilitate more formal political negotiations. 1990.

published proceedings

  • Annals of Tourism Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Kim, Y., & Crompton, J. L.

citation count

  • 48

complete list of authors

  • Kim, Yong-Kwan||Crompton, John L

publication date

  • January 1990