U.S. Ambassador Marcie B. Ries to open DISCOVER U.S.

U.S. travel, tourism, and educational expo

The U.S. Embassy and the American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria are pleased to host the Discover U.S. Expo on March 7, 2013 to promote travel, tourism, and educational opportunities in the United States. The event will take place at NDK Hall 6 from 9:30 to 18:00 and is free and open to the public. Ambassador Ries will officially open the expo at 11:00, alongside BULGARIAN OFFICIAL, and the president of American Chamber of Commerce in Bulgaria Peter Lithgow.

The public is invited to attend the expo in order to learn more about travel and study in the United States, as well as to attend interactive informational sessions throughout the day which will be held in room 1.7 on the second floor of NDK with simultaneous interpretation. At 14.00, there will be a question and answer session on U.S. visas led by Consul General Deborah Campbell, at 15.00 the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission will run an education advising session, and at 16.00, Emily Wolman, Associate Publisher of Lonely Planet Americas, will give a presentation entitled: “Secrets of Budget Travel in the United States.” Bulgarians around the country interested in budget travel will also be given an opportunity to ask Emily Wolman questions on the Embassy’s Facebook page – U.S. Embassy Sofia – on March 8. Seating for the informational sessions will be on a first come, first served basis.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for the chance to win some great prizes, including a free round-trip ticket to the United States from Turkish Airlines – prize winners will be announced at 17.30 and do not have to be present to win.

Exhibitors include Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Premier Tours, Vakantsia, Contitrans M, Integral, Orange Education, Usit Colours, Viking, and ZIP Travel. There will also be representatives from the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, the U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service, AmCham Bulgaria, and the Bulgarian Fulbright Commission/Education USA.

Media is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting as well as to cover the tour of the expo Ambassador Ries will make after the official opening. Media is also invited to attend the afternoon’s informational sessions. In order to cover the ribbon-cutting, media should arrive no later than 10:30 in order to clear security; entry is possible only through the outside entrance to Hall 6.

Further questions should be directed to the U.S. Embassy Sofia Press Office at 02 937-5173 or [email protected]