In this ever-expanding global economy, Chambers of Commerce across the country are now coordinating international trade missions, with first hand learning opportunities about international economic cultures. These trips are not only a great way to educate business leaders about cultural differences among other countries, but they can possibly open doors for potential trade opportunities and business relationships. And since they are also open to non-Chamber members, they offer a chance for people in our community to see the world with neighbors, co-workers and friends.
This past fall, we offered our first international trip, which was a smashing success. Thirty-five travelers from throughout St. Tammany and surrounding areas ventured on a 9-day tour of Tuscany, Italy. With a base hotel in Montecatini Terme, they explored such beautiful and historic areas as Florence, Siena and San Gimiganano. Not only were there several business leaders that made the trip, but many took advantage of the incredible savings to travel with loved ones … including a mother/son duo, a daughter/father duo, several sisters, best friends, and retired couples.
The first trip was so well-received that we will be offering two trips this fall – one to Ireland in September and another to the Amalfi Coast of Italy in October.
For less than $3,000 per person, the 10-day package to Ireland (departing on September 3) includes roundtrip airfare from New Orleans, first-class hotel accommodations for nine nights, daily breakfasts and several dinners. Travelers will visit Dublin, Killarney, and Limerick with day excursions to Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher. For those interested in the business aspects of the trip, a visit to the Waterford Crystal factory and a whiskey factory will also be included.
Departing on October 29, the 9-day package to the Amalfi Coast, for roughly $2,700, also includes roundtrip airfare from New Orleans, first-class hotel accommodations in Sorrento and day trips to Ravello, Pompeii and Naples. Daily breakfasts and several dinners are also included. Some optional tours are available, including a harbor cruise to Capri, a cooking tour in the countryside and a visit to a mozzarella cheese factory. It also offers an optional 2-night Rome extension.
Chamber membership is not required and we invite everyone interested to consider joining us on one (or both!) of these spectacular Chamber-sponsored journeys. Space is limited so we encourage you to sign up soon! For more information, contact our Communications and Administrative Officer Michelle Biggs for complete details.