Sunday, 21st January, 2018 Start at 3.15
Entry, tea and cake £1 – non members welcome.
We will hear travellers’ accounts of visits to the Caucasus and Central Asia that receive very few foreign visitors.
The presenters will whet your appetite for a visit with images of magnificent mountain scenery as well as heritage site of world-wide significance. This will be presented within a broader discussion of sustainable tourism, the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union, geo-political uncertainty and social acceptance and resistance to the spread of Western values.
Do you need a guide to visit these countries? Or should you join a group? How safe will you be? And how easy is it to engage in meaningful discussion with the views of local people? Come and hear.
3.15 1: Kyrgistan: Guyonne James
3.40 2: Armenia: Richard Webber
4.05 Questions, answers and discussion in response to talks 1 and 2
4.35 3: Iran: Betty Pires + team (the precise members of which are to be confirmed)
5.00 Questions, answers and discussion on practicalities of a central Asia visit.