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Governor Mead Travels to Asia for World Energy Congress and Key Tourism Conference

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Cheyenne, WY 82002
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September 30, 2013


Renny MacKay
Communications Director

Governor Mead Travels to Asia for World Energy Congress and Key Tourism Conference

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead travels to Asia this October to seek to expand tourism and economic opportunities for Wyoming. Governor Mead will visit Taiwan and South Korea, two countries that have strong relationships with the United States and have strong potential for Wyoming’s leading industries.

Both Taiwan and South Korea are likely to expand imports of American coal, uranium, natural gas and agricultural products. Tourism is also likely to increase since the United States has changed its policy for Taiwanese tourists to allow them to visit America without a visa.   Governor Mead will attend the Taipei International Travel Fair, Taiwan’s largest travel industry trade show.  The Wyoming Board of Tourism will be representing Wyoming at the trade show.

“I continue to push for economic growth and these two countries offer many opportunities for Wyoming businesses,” Governor Mead said. He will speak at the World Energy Congress in South Korea. The World Energy Congress occurs every three years and is considered the largest and most influential event for energy. “This event brings together leaders from across the globe and I will be honored to represent Wyoming. We are a world leader in the amount of energy we produce and in that we do it responsibly.”

Governor Mead will also meet with South Korean utilities. South Korea is expected to increase coal imports by nearly 250% over the next 10 years. “Not only is exporting Wyoming coal to South Korea a possibility, that nation is also interested in importing Wyoming uranium and natural gas. There is a lot of potential for long-term relationships between Wyoming and the Asian countries I will visit,” Governor Mead said.

Governor Mead will travel October 9th to the 20th.