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GLI offers cultural awareness tours to Turkey and Brazil

Posted: Updated: Feb 20, 2013 07:35 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Greater Louisville Inc. - The Metro Chamber of Commerce - will host Cultural Awareness Tours to Turkey and Brazil for both members and non-members as part of its global connections activities for 2013. This is the second year for the program, which last year sponsored trips to Cuba and India.

Michael Iacovazzi-Pau, Manager of Global Engagement, Greater Louisville Inc The Metro Chamber of Commerce and Monica Garaitonandia, Director of New Product Development & Multicultural Marketing, Brown-Forman explain why the city benefits from the trip.

The trips are designed to provide participants with the opportunity to experience different cultural activities, see important historic sites and explore international business climates. There are also business-to-business networking opportunities available for those who choose to participate.

The 12-day trip to Turkey is scheduled for May 23 to June 3 and includes sightseeing in Istanbul and Ankara as well as excursions to the ancient Greek ruins of Ephesus along with trips to Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Louisville's Sister City, Adapazari. The 9-day Brazil itinerary runs from September 25 to October 3 and includes stays in both Sao Paulo, the largest city in Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro. Highlights are visits to Sugarloaf Mountain, Christ the Redeemer, Copacabana Beach, a traditional Samba show and a tour of the rain forest. The deadline to register for Turkey is March 21, 2013. Brazil's registration deadline is July 12, 2013.

Both trips include round trip international flights from Chicago O'Hare airport, arrival and departure transfers, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, all sightseeing tours, transportation in private coaches and English-speaking guides. Each trip also offers specific amenities based on each locale, including special lunches, dinners and entertainment. GLI sponsors the trips in partnership with Indus Travels.

This year, the Turkey trip offers an optional extension package to attend the global business-to-business conference, Futurallia. Representing more than 20 business sectors from 30 countries, Futurallia delivers a rich network of contacts and international business experts focused on the needs of small to medium-sized businesses. Participants will be pre-scheduled for up to 16 one-on-one meetings during the two-day conference. Brazil activities include an optional half-day of networking appointments with local businesses.


For those considering participation in either trip, an informational meeting for the Turkey trip has been scheduled for Thursday, February 21. For additional information and trip schedule, CLICK HERE.


An informational meeting for Brazil is scheduled for Thursday, March 14. Both meetings will be held at 5:45 pm at GLI's offices located at 614 West Main Street, Suite 6000.

For more information or to register, contact Michael Iacovazzi Pau, 502-625-0070 or  

Additional trip information is available at  

About GLI:

Greater Louisville Inc. is the Metro Chamber of Commerce, dedicated to connecting and growing businesses. We lead economic development for the region, driving job creation and entrepreneurship. GLI is committed to transforming our community by improving the region's quality of life, advocating for a pro-business environment and developing a talented workforce. For more information, visit

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