US Em­bassy holds ‘Travel and Tourism’ sem­i­nar

Kuwait Times - - WHAT’S ON - By Faten Omar

The US Em­bassy in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Qatar Air­ways held a “Travel and Tourism” Sem­i­nar, on Mon­day at Sher­a­ton Ho­tel, as a part of ‘Dis­cover Amer­ica’ week.

Dur­ing his speech, the US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait Lau­rence Sil­ver­man, said “There are so many things to see from coast to coast: na­tional parks, world-class beaches, global cities, mu­se­ums, top restau­rants, shop­ping, sports, and ad­ven­ture tourism, to name just a few rea­sons to visit our great coun­try. There re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.”

“In 2012, Pres­i­dent Obama an­nounced the goal of at­tract­ing at least 100 mil­lion tourists to the United States per year by 2021. We are well on our way to reach­ing this goal as last year, there were al­most 80 mil­lion vis­i­tors. There were over 1.3 mil­lion vis­i­tors from the Mid­dle East to the United States in 2015, a 97 per­cent in­crease from 2008. And from Kuwait, the num­ber of tourist visas is­sued has in­creased by 500 per­cent in the last decade. We would like to see that trend con­tinue,” he added.

Sev­eral lo­ca­tions around the United States were high­lighted at the event which was at­tended by so­cial me­dia fig­ure Omar Al-Oth­man who shared his ex­pe­ri­ences trav­el­ing through the US. Khaled Ja­far gave a pre­sen­ta­tion on Alaska, the last fron­tier. A state of nat­u­ral beauty is abun­dant, with am­ple wildlife com­monly cited by vis­i­tors, and plenty of hik­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as a lot of cruise op­tions. At the end of the event, the Em­bassy’s Con­sul Gen­eral, Tim Ponce, spoke on the cur­rent ease of ap­ply­ing for a US visa.

— Pho­tos by Yasser Al- Zayyat

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