Premier Stephen McNeil will travel to France, Germany and England to help promote trade, tourism and investment opportunities, May 31 to June 9. Today, May 31, Premier McNeil will board WestJet’s inaugural direct flight from Halifax to Paris. This new route is an important transportation link for Nova Scotia to key European markets. “We have built successful trading relationships in Europe and want to continue to advance economic opportunities and investment, as well as encourage visitors to come to our beautiful province,” said Premier McNeil. “With the recent EU trade agreement and our ongoing, historic trading relationship with the U.K. it is an important time to look at enhancing export opportunities for Nova Scotia.” The mission includes: meetings with company officials in the energy, financial investment, transportation logistics and information and communication technology sectors promotion of Nova Scotia seafood and wine at culinary events in Paris and Hamburg, Germany laying wreaths at three war memorial sites in France –Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, the Thiepval Memorial and the Courcelette Canadian memorial a Nova Scotia-WestJet reception at the ambassador to France’s official residence in Paris to promote the new route meeting with Tourism Nova Scotia in-market representative in Cologne meeting and tour at the Cargojet facility in Cologne a celebration of Dalhousie University’s 200th anniversary at Canada House in London Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Karen Casey will join the mission in Germany, which also includes stops in Munich and Cologne. Ms. Casey will also lead meetings in London with leaders in the financial investment industry. Officials from Intergovernmental Affairs, Tourism Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Department of Energy, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and executives from Halifax International Airport Authority will participate in some activities. The EU is Nova Scotia’s third largest goods export market after United States and China. Exports have averaged $429 million over the last five years. The leading exports are seafood, paper and forestry products, and fruit.