UVU To Host Eco-Tourism Professionals From Turkmenistan
February 19, 2010
For Immediate Release
For more information: Maryna Storrs (801) 863-8897
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504
The Open World Program is a unique, nonpartisan initiative of the U.S. Congress designed to build mutual understanding between the United States and Eurasia and to enable emerging political and civic leaders to work with their U.S. counterparts and experience American-style democracy at a local level. Thanks to a grant from the Open World Leadership Center, Utah Valley University’s Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy is proud to take part by hosting three professionals from Turkmenistan, who will spend Feb. 26- March 6 examining the region’s tourism industry, with an emphasis on eco-tourism.
“Utah is a prime location to learn about conservationism, sustainable development and the promotion of environmentally responsible tourism,” said Maryna Storrs, UVU international affairs program coordinator. “The delegates will also benefit from the commonalities that exist in Utah-Turkmenistan climate and terrain. Our office welcomes the opportunity to facilitate learning and networking activities for this foreign delegation as well as involving the greater community in UVU projects.”
The delegates are Tatyana Komarova, Turkmenistan travel assistant in the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat; Abdyrahman Mammetniyazov, head of the foreign relations, marketing and advertisement department for the National Committee on Tourism and Sport; and Arazgeldi Amanov, deputy director for the state tourist agency. During their stay, they will meet with Sundance’s Green Team, visit Arches National Park and UVU’s Capitol Reef Station, and hold a workshop at the State Tourism Office and University of Utah’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Delegates will also meet with the local, state and federal government officials, including Senator Bennett and Congressman Chaffetz. In addition, homestays with local residents will allow the delegates to experience Utah family life.
More than 12,000 Open World participants have been hosted in all 50 U.S. states since the program’s inception in 1999. Delegates range from members of parliament to mayors, from innovative nonprofit directors to experienced journalists, and from political party activists to regional administrators. For more information on Open World, please visit http://www.openworld.gov.