- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A trade mission to Europe involving Gov. Terry McAuliffe cost the state of Virginia more than $186,000.

Citing state records, The Daily Press (https://bit.ly/28ftpJu ) reports that the governor and state economic development officials made expenses on travel arrangements, hotels, restaurants and professional photography during their seven-day trip.

The governor met with officials across Europe to discuss potential business deals. He spent time in Belgium, England and Germany, and attended the Hannover Messe, an industrial technology trade show.

Nightly hotel costs ranged from $146 per person to $669, while the cost of renting and running a booth at the trade fair cost about $29,000.

The trade team also dined in restaurants as they tried to woo potential importers of Virginia products in Europe. During a trip to Brussels, Netherlands beer importers met with officials about potentially bringing in beer from Virginia.

McAuliffe says international trips are crucial for making deals between Virginia and other parts of the world.

“Ninety-five percent of the world’s customers are outside the United States of America,” he said Friday. “You have to go. You have to convince them to come to Virginia.”


Information from: Daily Press, https://www.dailypress.com/

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