The main focus of the WCEF this year was the role of culture as an economic and social force that drives the creation of vibrant cities. In partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors, the WCEF convened mayors and leaders from the world’s cultural cities to shape the international discussion on culture as an effective tool to spur innovation.

Ambassador Szapáry attended two panels exploring the opportunities what different cities can do to lure more investment, enhance their cultural economic development and become more attractive. This gave him an opportunity to give a presentation what Budapest, the Hungarian capital did and continues to do as the cultural and touristic center of Hungary.

Ambassador Szapáry had a meeting with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Senator Mary Landrieu, representing the state of Louisiana in the United States Congress. He also met State Senator Conrad Appel in the Louisian State Senate in Baton Rouge, LA where he was asked to address members of the State Senate and was presented a Senate Resolution commending Hungary.

Ambassador Szapáry also met members of the New Orleans business community, state Senators and other officials during a lunch in the Mansion of the Governor of Louisiana to assist in building and further developing cooperation between Louisiana and Hungary.

Ambassador Szapáry also took the time to meet with members of the Hungarian American community of New Orleans.