And it has a long and distinguished history of being very hard to get to.
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*This number being important not merely for purposes of dead reckoning but also for determining eligibility for inclusion in the list of destinations officially endorsed by the Travelers Century Club (TCC). According to TCC Treasurer Pamela Barrus: "Socotra wasn't included because it's not quite 200 nautical miles from Yemen, the country it belongs to. A couple of websites say 380 and 400 kilometers, which would qualify it. However, the most common cited distance and the one socotraisland.org has is 350 kilometers, which comes out to about 189 nautical miles. If the distance is under 200 miles, in order to qualify according to the TCC bylaws, there must be a population of 100,000. Socotra's is about 50,000. If someone comes up with an accurate distance that puts it over, I'd vote to put it on the list in a heartbeat." Jorge Sanchez argues that there should perhaps be a loophole in the case of Socotra, as it is geographically closer to Africa than to Yemen, and happens also to be claimed by Somalia. "The Board has been over and over this," says Kevin Hughes, ex-President of the TCC. "It falls a few miles short, per the guidelines. Still, I intend to visit some day... inshallah."