LSU sponsoring ‘soft B-to-B’ trip to Cuba

Registration closes Friday for an LSU-sponsored trip to Cuba that is intended to give participants a thorough tour of the country and also an opportunity to meet with potential business contacts.

“It’s sort of a soft B-to-B trip,” says Doug Weimer, executive director of LSU Continuing Education, which is organizing the trip. “Because there are still a lot of restrictions in place, we thought it was a little hard to do a real B-to-B trip so what we packaged was kind of a soft trip with a lot of fun stuff, but where you might come across folks that will be good contacts down the road.”

The eight-day trip, which will take place from June 13-20, will include visits to several industrial and agricultural facilities, as well as tours of cigar factories, cultural and historical sites and noteworthy architectural structures.

“Historically, Louisiana was one of the biggest trading partners with Cuba before 1959, so we’ve thought for a long time that when relations opened up, Louisiana ought to be well positioned to return to being a major trading partner with Cuba,” Weimer says.

The LSU trip is the latest of several local groups to visit the island nation since President Barack Obama announced late last year that the U.S. will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba. As part of the policy change, the administration is also easing restrictions on travel to Cuba, including for family visits, official government business and educational activities. Earlier this year, a group of 30 business executives from the New Orleans and Baton Rouge chapters of the YPO visited the country during a three-day trip to Havana.

The LSU trip will include stops all over the country. The $5,000 price tag is all inclusive, and Weimer says the trip still has plenty of available spaces for interested travelers. Get complete details.

—Stephanie Riegel

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