NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - According to the City of New Orleans, 35 other people are with Mayor LaToya Cantrell in Cuba right now during an unannounced trip.
Travelers include Councilman Jay Banks and his wife, and state senators Karen Carter-Peterson and Wesley Bishop. Three staff members from city government are also on the trip, as well as representatives from the University of New Orleans, Dillard University and Xavier University.
The group also includes private attorneys, contractors, real estate professionals, writers, an engineer, and other education experts.
For the mayor and staffers, the total cost of the trip is $15,460.89, which includes hotel, airfare, transportation, and meals, according to a City Hall spokesperson.
Cantrell told Miami’s WPLG-TV that the trip was publicly and privately funded.
The Cantrell administration says the purpose of the trip is to see how Cuba’s history led to challenges and opportunities when it comes to trade, health care, education and other issues.