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.
The Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies (Center Austria) at the University of New Orleans (UNO) celebrates 20 years in 2017. On the occasion, dignitaries, alumni and friends of the Center gathered in New Orleans on October 11, 2017 for a festive celebration.
On October 7, 2017, the Austrian Research and Innovation Talk (ARIT) brought together over 130 scientists and policy makers from both the United States and Austria in Austin, Texas. The annual three-day conference, now in its 14th year, is organized by the OSTA Washington. The ARIT is the most important Austrian science & innovation gathering in North America.
From October 29 to 31, 2017, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner visited the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Bloomington in Minnesota. This region along the banks of the Mississippi River has served as the cultural, commercial, educational, and healthcare center of the state in the northern Midwest of the US.
On October 25, 2017, Ambassador Wolfgang Waldner and his wife Gudrun Faudon-Waldner welcomed more than 600 guests at the Embassy on the occasion of Austria’s National Day.
On October 15, 2017, parliamentary elections were held in Austria. The final result, released by the Interior Ministry on October 31, 2017, tallied a turnout of 80.0 percent of the eligible 6,400,998 electorate.
The Fourty-First Annual Conference of the German Studies Association (GSA) was held in Atlanta, GA, from October 5 - 8, 2017.
The GSA is the premier multi- and interdisciplinary association of scholars focused on German, Austrian, and Swiss history, literature, culture studies, political science, and economics. The annual conference brings together over 1,000 scholars to present the latest research in these fields; over the last three years, the Austrian Press- and Information Service has been presenting ongoing research on the Austrian image in the United States.
On October 11, 2017, Ambassadors Franz Cede and Christian Prosl addressed "Austrian-American Relations in a Period of Turmoil" at the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington DC.
Ambassador Waldner visited New Orleans, LA from October 9 - 12, 2017 for a series of bilateral meetings. The ambassador met with the governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, to discuss U.S. foreign policy and Austrian - American trade relations with a focus on the Gulf South region. In addition, Ambassador Waldner met with the mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu, and discussed Austrian-American relations and in particular the work of the Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies (“Center Austria”), anchored at The University of New Orleans, as well as the upcoming 300th anniversary of the City of New Orleans.
On September 22, 2017, Austria Connect North America brought together around 100 executives of Austrian subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada. The annual one-day conference, now in its 10th year, is organized by the Austrian Trade Commission and was held at the prestigious Stanford University in California.
From September 18-21, Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz was in New York City for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
From September 17-21, 2017, President Alexander Van der Bellen was in New York City for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
On September 19, 2017, the National Defense University (NDU) in Washington D.C. inducted five alumni into the NDU International Hall of Fame. Among the honorees was Lieutenant General Franz J. Reissner from Tulln in Lower Austria.
"Reconsider Austrian Wine. It' s not at all sweet. It’s not all whites, either. And there’s more than grüner veltliner." Meet the sommelier, who distributes selected wines from Austria in the United States.
The Austrian steel conglomerate, which runs its largest foreign investment on the Gulf Coast of South Texas, announced on August 28, 2017 that it will provide several hundred thousand Dollars in financial support to help affected employees and the region.
Egger Group, a global, family-owned company founded in 1961 in Tyrol, Austria, announced plans to build a wood-based materials plant in Lexington, North Carolina. The announcement was made on July 24, 2017, during an official meeting with company officials and the Governor of North Carolina, Ray Cooper.
The University of New Orleans International Summer School in Innsbruck, Austria, celebrated the 10,000th student participating in the program this year. The summer school, one of the largest of its kind in the United States, brings some 300 faculty and students from various U.S. universities to the heart of the Alps each summer and is currently in its 42nd year.
The Salzburg Festival in the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the largest festivals in the world. Traditionally, it kicks off with the performance of the play Jedermann ("Everyman"). Learn more about its rich history, especially on the instrumental role of the US in re-establishing the festival after World War II.
The Austrian delegation, lead by Secretary General Thomas Schmid, visited Washington D.C. from July 13 to 15, 2017. They met with U.S. Senator Orring Hatch (R-Utah), who serves as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Meet the 23-year-old Austrian on August 1, 2017, in Washington D.C., in the context of this year's CitiOpen tennis tournament. VIP package for $70 only!