Grand Opening of the Austrian-American Society

  “And this is what the Austro-American Society is all about: friendship at every level of society.” In his remarks at the grand opening of the Austrian-American Society refurbished club quarters in Vienna last night, Ambassador Traina pointed out the significance of bilateral relationships on the personal level, and the important role of the AAS: “The close …

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Ambassador Traina’s Trip to Tyrol

Ambassador Traina had a busy schedule for his trip to Tyrol. He had his inaugural visit with Governor Günther Platter . Topic of conversation were u.a. the economic relationships between the USA and Tirol. With more than 300,000 overnight stays guests from the U.S. play an important role in tourism. Ambassador Traina received a box of Tyrolean Schnapps …

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Fulbright Reception and Farewell to Dr. Lonnie Johnson

A welcome – and a goodbye: Ambassador Traina hosted a reception for incoming U.S. and returning Austrian Fulbright students & scholars and alumni & friends of Fulbright Austria . Every year, dozens of Austrians and Americans participate in Fulbright exchange program which includes the 4th largest Fulbright US scholar program in the world. As students, teachers, and …

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Opening Ceremony of the 44th UNO-Innsbruck Summer School

Chargé d’Affaires Robin Dunnigan represented the U.S. Embassy Vienna at the opening ceremony of the 44th UNO-Innsbruck Summer School at Congress Innsbruck on June 30. The evening was kicked off with a video celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Universität Innsbruck in 2019. Rektor Tilmann Märk, in his remarks, reminiscing about his own exchange experience …

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Cultural Icon Award for Elisabeth Gürtler

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina presented Elisabeth Gürtler with the Embassy’s Cultural Icon Award in acknowledgement of her impressive achievements and long friendship with the United States.   Ms. Gürtler, former director of Hotel Sacher, was also managing director of the Spanish Riding School for many years. Part of the history of this institution, a favorite sight …

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Ambassador Traina at Bilateral Military Exercise

Yesterday, Ambassador Traina visited Bundesheer’s ‘Schwarzenberg’ barracks in Salzburg in style, catching a ride on a Black Hawk! 100 Austrian & U.S. military police are participating in the bilateral military exercise “All In” to further cooperation during peacekeeping missions. “We are hoping to do an even larger military exercise next year together,” the Ambassador said …

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Rededication Ceremony at Mauthausen Memorial

On May 5, 1945, the U.S. 11th Armored Division liberated the Mauthausen Concentration camp. The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the Mauthausen Committee Austria, rededicated 3 plaques honoring the U.S. military for liberating the camp, and laid a wreath in memory of those who perished at the site. Among the Americans murdered at Mauthausen, were …

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Ambassador Traina visits Vorarlberg

Ambassador Trevor Traina greatly enjoyed his first visit to Vorarlberg. In his meeting with Markus Linhart, Mayor of the province’s capital Bregenz, they discussed strengthening trade between Vorarlberg and the U.S. At Kunsthaus Bregenz, the Ambassador met with Director Thomas Trummer and visited Miriam Cahn’s upcoming exhibition. In Stadt Hohenems, Director Hanno Loewy welcomed the Ambassador …

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Richard Fontaine on the Transatlantic Partnership

The Embassy invited Richard Fontaine, CEO of the think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), to Austria for discussions of the transatlantic partnership in an era of great power competition. Mr. Fontaine gave interviews to Die Presse and Tiroler Tageszeitung and talked at the Management Center Innsbruck and the Amerika Haus in Vienna. …

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Ambassador Traina at the University of Vienna

Ambassador Traina visited the oldest university in the German-speaking world, the University of Vienna, to talk with American Studies students about American culture, politics, and foreign policy. In his introductory remarks the Ambassador emphasized the good relations between Austria and the United States. Afterwards he fielded questions from the students, covering a very wide range …

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Trevor D. Traina, Ambassador-Designate of the United States to Austria

Trevor D. Traina is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist based in San Francisco. He has founded or co-founded five companies and sold four of them (including to Microsoft and Intuit). He is presently Founder and CEO of IfOnly, a company that allows buyers to purchase unique life experiences with a portion of the proceeds …

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Video Contest – “70th Anniversary Marshall Plan in Austria”

The U.S. Embassy invites Austrian high school students (ages 14-19) to participate in our video contest. Each video entry should document the legacy of the Marshall Plan and its ongoing success in Austria, i.e. legacy funds are still supporting Austrian companies.  As part of this project, students will have the chance to interview representatives of …

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