The Carlsbad Sister City Ambassadors Board of Directors have announced that long-time sister cities, Futtsu, Japan and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, are each sending dignitaries and delegates to visit in March and April.

Four students and three adults from Futtsu will visit from March 23 to March 30, while Karlovy Vary Lord Mayor Petr Kulhanek and two of his deputies will be in Carlsbad from April 2 to April 9.

Tickets are now on sale for a Meet the Mayors luncheon that will be held Tuesday, April 4 at the Crossings at Carlsbad featuring Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall and former Mayor Bud Lewis with Lord Mayor Kulhanek and his deputies. Tickets can be purchased at

The Karlovy Vary contingent will participate in the Carlsbad 5000 on April 7, and Lord Mayor Kulhanek has registered to run in the race to celebrate his first visit to Carlsbad.

The nine member CSCA board is hard at work making arrangements for housing, tours, receptions, encounters and visits for both delegations.
Citizens and businesses of Carlsbad are invited to participate in the international events and share in the deep friendships that have formed among the three cities, according to Tom Hersant, President of the CSCA. "This is the first time we've been honored with visits by both cities in the same calendar year," he said.

According to the City of Carlsbad, Futtsu, Japan, is located in Chiba Prefecture, about two hours south of Tokyo on the eastern shore of Tokyo Bay. A city of 60,000, Futtsu has a semi-rural atmosphere, running along a narrow strip of coast below forest-covered hills.

In 1988 the first sister cities agreement was signed between Carlsbad and Futtsu, Japan. The cities share a shore-based location and an emphasis on water sports and recreational tourism.

Karlovy Vary became the City of Carlsbad's second sister city in 1991. It was discovered by the Czech King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1350 and became a spa town renowned for the curative powers of its thermal springs.

When water was discovered with the exact mineral properties in a small California town, the town was named Carlsbad (English for Karlovy Vary)