Doppelmayr Opens the World’s Longest Ropeway

On February 4, 2018, Doppelmayr opened the world’s longest ropeway. With a length of 7,899.9 meters, the Hòn Thơm 3S beats the record previously held by another 3S lift in Vietnam, the Fansipan Legend, by almost one and one-half kilometers. The route of the new tricable gondola lift crosses the sea and connects the vacation islands Phú Quốc and Hòn Thơm in the south of Vietnam.

New Austrian Government Inaugurated

On December 18, 2017, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen inaugurated Sebastian Kurz as Federal Chancellor of Austria. Karin Kneissl was appointed Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. .

For a full list of the new Ministers and State Secretaries please click here.

Ambassador Waldner on Official Visit to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas

On November 17, 2017, Wolfgang Reichenberger was officially inaugurated as Austrian Honorary Consul to the Bahamas by Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner. The inauguration ceremony in Nassau was attended by Brent Symonette, Bahamian Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration, other dignitaries, including representatives of the diplomatic and business community.

National Thanksgiving Turkeys at the Historic Willard Hotel

From November 19-21, 2017, the Willard Hotel’s most prominent guests were two turkeys from Minnesota, named Wishbone and Drumstick (a.k.a. this year's Presidential Turkeys). Markus Platzer, the Austrian General Manager of the historic hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, was the first to welcome them as they checked in on Sunday. Hours before being pardoned, they received a surprise visit by Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner.