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Smithsonian to Bring American History to Life in Graphic Books

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The Smithsonian Institution is teaming up with IDW Publishing on a series of educational graphic books that will start to be released this fall.

One series will include books for middle-school readers inspired by “Time Trials,” a set of videos from the National Museum of American History that introduces figures from the past, like the traitor Benedict Arnold and the abolitionist John Brown, and encourages the audience to discuss their actions. Other series will draw upon the cultural and scientific knowledge of the Smithsonian, the behemoth of an educational and research complex that includes the National Zoo and 19 museums.

The focus on major events and people, which is familiar and critically acclaimed territory for IDW, is a key part of this initiative. The company published the trilogy “March,” a personal account of the civil rights movement by the United States Representative John Lewis (with Andrew Aydin), as well as “They Called Us Enemy,” a graphic memoir by George Takei, (written with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott), about his family’s time in government internment camps during World War II.

“The most energizing thing about working with the Smithsonian’s curators, researchers and zookeepers is that these are not just experts in their fields: They’re storytellers,” Chris Ryall, IDW’s president, publisher and chief creative officer, said in a statement. “Together, we’ll use the unique power of comics to entertain, inspire and educate readers of all ages about the wonders of history, science, technology, culture and more.”

The line will also include coloring books for all ages and picture books for young readers. This is not the first time the Smithsonian has been involved with graphic novels. The “Secret Smithsonian Adventures Series,” which was published in 2016 and 2017, was about four time-traveling classmates protecting history.

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‘Not worried at all’ about attracting tourists: Saudi tourism chief

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Despite ongoing unrest in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia’s tourism chief said the kingdom is “very safe” and he doesn’t see the disorder impacting tourist arrivals.

“I’m not worried at all because Saudi Arabia is very safe,” Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Tuesday.

When asked about ballistic missiles from Yemen and potentially Iran or Iraq that are in range of the country, he said he expects “things will … settle and slow down in Yemen” and the situation will improve.

“I don’t see it impacting,” he said. “If we look at the 1.6 billion travelers, I don’t believe more than 10 percent would feel that Saudi Arabia is not safe.”

He also said he hasn’t heard of anyone deciding not to visit because of the instability in the region.

The kingdom announced last September that it would be launching its first-ever tourist visas in a bid to boost tourism. Before then, foreign visitors were almost exclusively religious pilgrims.

Vision 2030 goals

Under Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan, the country wants tourism to make up 10% of GDP, up from around 3%. It also has a target of 100 million international and domestic annual visits by 2030.

“We launched the e-Visa and we opened our hearts and doors to the world last September,” Al-Khatib said, speaking to CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Since then, we had received more than 500,000 visitors,” he said, adding that he is “very, very encouraged” by the numbers.

“Hopefully this year, we are planning to reach … 50 million, which is half of our 2030 target,” he said.

Al-Khatib also discussed plans for the kingdom to develop its tourism industry beyond airports, roads and mobility.

“The food and beverages, we’re expanding the offering and we are catering for all (types) of tourist needs,” he said. “We are upgrading this and building this, and trying our best to protect our culture.”

“When tourists come to Saudi Arabia, (we want them to) experience an authentic experience, and leave Saudi Arabia with great memories,” he said. “This is a promise.”

— CNBC’s Natasha Turak contributed to this report.

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• #CAD rate to take cues from the BoC forward guidance
• #Oil markets shrug off the Libya crisis amid ample global supply
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