Gov. Bob McDonnell is heading across the pond.

McDonnell (R) leaves Monday for a nine-day trade mission to Germany, Switzerland, Great Britain and Sweden. The cost will be about $164,000.

He’ll be meeting with auto and pharmaceutical companies, talking wine and agriculture and interviewing with the Travel Channel. He’ll also share a meal with Don Beyer, former Virginia lieutenant governor who now serves as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.


McDonnell will be accompanied by 11 people, including Secretary of Commerce and Trade Jim Cheng, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore and economic development officials. His wife, Maureen, will be on hand to promote wine and tourism.

“It is so critical, in today’s global economy, that we are telling the Virginia story not just to businesses across the United States, but also to companies around the world,’’ McDonnell said.

It is McDonnell’s sixth overseas trade mission. (He heads to Europe again next month). His office says the state has worked with the private sector to close about $200 million in new agricultural export deals in the last two years.

Wondering about what else the governor will be doing? Check out the itinerary below:

June 12 – June 13 (Wolfsburg and Gutersloh, Germany)

· Meet with senior leadership from prospective automotive and advance manufacturing companies

· Address Volkswagen Industry Forum and meet with board members and executives of German auto suppliers

June 14 – June 15 (Zurich, Switzerland)

· Meet with senior leadership from prospective pharmaceutical and advance manufacturing companies

· Reception and dinner with U.S. Ambassador Donald S. Beyer, Jr. and senior executives from Swiss companies

June 15 – June 16 (London, Great Britain)

· Attend Richmond Ballet international debut at London’s Royal Opera House

· Interview with The Travel Channel to promote Virginia tourism

· Meet with agricultural and food product importers

· Virginia wine tasting event with internationally renowned wine critic Oz Clarke

· Reception to promote business, tourism to Virginia and Virginia wines

June 17 – June 19 (Stockholm, Sweden)

· Meet with U.S. Ambassador Mark Francis Brzezinski

· Meet with senior leadership from prospective automotive, aquaculture, construction, banking, biotechnology and advance manufacturing companies

· Meet with agricultural and forest product importers

· Luncheon with Swedish Security and Defense Industry

· Reception with the American Chamber of Commerce

· Luncheon with Lars Backstrom, Governor of Sweden’s Vastra Gotaland province, and senior leadership from companies in and around Gothenburg

· Reception to promote business, tourism to Virginia and Virginia wines