State covers the Beshears' travel costs to Dubai with Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

11/19/2013 04:10 PM

The state is paying for the travel and business-related expenses for Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear and two cabinet members to travel to Dubai as honorary leaders of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in a trade mission to the Middle East.

The Beshears left Monday along with Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes, Secretary of Public Protection Robert Vance, confirmed Kerri Richardson, the Governor’s communications director.

“The Governor is traveling with Secretary Hayes, Secretary Vance and others in the official service of the Commonwealth. They will be meeting with companies and government agencies regarding opportunities in economic development and industry, and the state would be responsible for expenses related to their official business travel,” Richardson said in a statement emailed to Pure Politics.

A press release sent out by the Chamber of Commerce said the activities for the visit will include an economic briefing from Hamad Buamim, the director general of the Dubai Chamber. A visit to several famous travel sites include: “$1.3 billion Maydan Racecourse; the Burj Kahlifa which is the world’s tallest building; the famous hotel, Burj Al Arab; and experience the region’s history and culture while visiting the many souks (markets) of Old Dubai.”

“The delegation also has plans to visit the Dubai World Port and the Financial District for a briefing on regional exporting practices. Gov. Beshear and the First Lady will attend many of the Kentucky delegation events, but will also call on specific companies in the UAE which have expressed an interest in Kentucky.”

“The economic development trip is one that will facilitate new opportunities, especially in the area of export growth for Kentucky goods. The Governor is always seeking opportunities to further develop new and emerging markets for exporting and foreign direct investment in the Commonwealth,” Richardson told Pure Politics.

The chamber last visited Dubai in 2010. The United Arab Emirates purchases more than $140 million of Kentucky products each year which includes cars, horses, aircraft parts and filters.

Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse also operates two restaurants in the region.

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