June 12 Virtual Destination Zoom: ‘The Golden Road to Samarkand: Sustainable Travel through Central Asia’

For many years, Central Asia was accessible only to those willing to subjugate themselves to the Soviet-era tourism authorities. Who was regarding whom? — you might wonder…  Things have liberalized considerably now, and the region’s star is rising on the international travel scene. To anyone familiar with the culture, history and scenery of the region, this is not a surprise. This collection of five countries — Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan — is slightly bigger than India, but with the population of the United Kingdom.

In this talk, find out about the romance — and the practicalities — of Central Asian travel, and see how to discover this amazing part of the world for yourself.

Our guide will be Huw Owen, founder of TravelLocal, an online travel agency that specializes in custom, private travel to 65 countries worldwide. Before founding TravelLocal, Huw worked as a consultant on tourism development for the United Nations, in Central Asia, Turkey, Uganda and Egypt.

For details about how to join the meeting, contact St Louis Chapter Coordinator Charles Merkel
at tccstl@yahoo.com, telephone 1-314-644-7797.

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