Austrian Ambassador Dr. Eva Nowotny to Attend Gala Opening of Austrian Honorary Consulate in Orlando
Orlando, FL – Austrian Ambassador Dr. Eva Nowotny will travel to Central Florida to attend the Gala Opening of the Austrian Honorary Consulate for Orlando on Friday, October 27, 2006. The Austrian delegation officially opened their Honorary Consulate in the Dr Phillips area of Orlando in July and will be focusing primarily on servicing the needs of Austrians in the Central and North East areas of Florida as well as making their presence known as a resource in the local Austrian community. The Consulate will be hosting a Grand Opening Gala this October to celebrate Austria’s National Day and introduce the Consulate to important members of the Central Florida community. “The decision to open an honorary consulate in Orlando was two-fold,” explained Martin Kraemer, Consul General for the Austrian Embassy in Washington. “With Orlando’s status as the world’s number one tourist destination and as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, it made it increasingly important for us to establish a consulate that could first, service the needs of Austrians traveling or retiring in the area and second, provide an informational resource for Austrian companies looking to do business with local firms,” he continued. In a process that took over twelve months to complete, The Republic of Austria has chosen local property investor Toby Unwin to serve as their Honorary Consul in Orlando. Unwin had to pass extensive background checks conducted by both the Austrian Government and the U.S. State Department before being offered the position. “Representing Austria is truly an honor and I look forward to supporting the relationship between the two countries,” said Unwin. “As the third wealthiest country in Europe and the eighth worldwide, I believe that Austria has much to offer America from a trade perspective, especially in the financial services and tourism industries. It will be fulfilling to see that part of the relationship grow and enhance our community in the years to come.” Unwin resides in the Dr. Phillips area and will oversee the day to day operations of the Austrian Honorary Consulate for Orlando. He additionally owns multiple developments throughout Florida, is a best selling author, accomplished aviator and holds a world airspeed record. The Honorary Consulate of Orlando is one of only twenty-seven Austrian Honorary Consulates nationwide.