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Mayor Villaraigosa headed to Brazil, Chile, Colombia on trade mission

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa just got done traveling around the country on behalf of President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. Now he’s breaking out his passport for another trip – a trade mission to Chile, Brazil and Colombia. 

The mayor and executives from the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports and Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board will be in South America from Nov. 24 through Dec. 3.

“The future of Los Angeles is tied closely to our neighbors in South America," said Villaraigosa said. "As we strengthen and build our local economy, we must leverage our assets in this global marketplace to create jobs here in Los Angeles."

“With two previous trade missions, we worked to develop strong economic ties with Asia," Villaraigosa added. "Now, we’re going to strength our relationships in South America to increase investment, trade and tourism in L.A.”

The Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles World Airports are picking up the $252,000 tab for the trip. Non-city employees who join the delegation will pay their own way, according to the Mayor’s office. The delegation has not yet been finalized.

Approximately 150,000 visitors from Brazil, Colombia and Chile visit Los Angeles every year. Brazilian tourists are the highest-spending visitors, according to the Mayor’s office. Last year, Brazilians contributed $124 million to the L.A area economy.

Stops on the mayor’s itinerary include:

  • Chile’s Valparasio Port
  • The American Chamber of Commerce Energy Summit in Santiago
  • A luncheon hosted by the Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo
  • Ciclovia in Bogota

The mayor will also attend a fashion show by Forever 21 in Bogota. 

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