New Orleans major France trip spending investigation

New records obtained by WDSU Investigates show that the flight New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell took to France last month cost over $17,000.The records and invoices were sent to WDSU through a public records request.The entire trip cost the city of New Orleans over $43,000. Cantrell traveled to France to sign a sister city agreement and attend events to promote New Orleans.The records show the major used a company called Going Places Travel to book flights on United and Delta Airlines.That flight cost the city $17,854.The mayor flew first class while in the United States, sitting in seat 1E while traveling from New Orleans to Dulles International Airport in Virginia. She then traveled first class again on the return flight back to New Orleans from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, sitting in the first row.After that, she traveled business class to and from the United States to France.The mayor’s hotel stays cost just over $1,200.Records show she stayed at the Pullman Hotel Eiffel Tower and the AV Hotel Ambassador.Records show that three city hall staffers also attended the trip with Cantrell.Communications Director Gregory Joseph, Chief of Staff Clifton Davis and Robert Monlyn, who served as Cantrell’s executive protection.They all flew economy class on the flights and stayed at the same hotels as the major.City records show the flights for the three cost $17.140, which is less than the mayor’s total flight.The hotel stays for all three costs just over $3,600.WDSU Investigates also obtained all records from Cantrell’s trips to Ascona, Switzerland in June — just weeks prior to the July France trip.The mayor was there to promote New Orleans du ring a Jazz Fest-type event in Switzerland. Records show that a trip with the mayor and two staffers cost the city over $16,600 for airfare and hotel stays. WDSU Investigates has previously reported that the major’s flight cost is just under $10,000. To view Cantrell’s travel documents, click here.

New records obtained by WDSU Investigates show that the flight New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell took to France last month cost over $17,000.

The records and invoices were sent to WDSU through a public records request.

The entire trip cost the city of New Orleans over $43,000.

Cantrell traveled to France to sign a sister city agreement and attend events to promote New Orleans.

The records show the major used a company called Going Places Travel to book flights on United and Delta Airlines.

That flight cost the city $17,854.

The mayor flew first class while in the United States, sitting in seat 1E while traveling from New Orleans to Dulles International Airport in Virginia. She then traveled first class again on the return flight back to New Orleans from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta, sitting in the first row.

After that, she traveled business class to and from the United States to France.

The mayor’s hotel stays cost just over $1,200.

Records show she stayed at the Pullman Hotel Eiffel Tower and the AV Hotel Ambassador.

Records show that three city hall staffers also attended the trip with Cantrell.

Communications Director Gregory Joseph, Chief of Staff Clifton Davis and Robert Monlyn, who serves as Cantrell’s executive protection.

They all flew economy class on the flights and stayed at the same hotels as the major.

City records show the flights for the three cost $17.140, which is less than the major’s total flight.

The hotel stays for all three costs just over $3,600.

WDSU Investigates also obtained all records from Cantrell’s trips to Ascona, Switzerland in June — just weeks prior to the July France trip.

The mayor was there to promote New Orleans during a Jazz Fest-type event in Switzerland.

Records show that a trip with the mayor and two staffers cost the city over $16,600 for airfare and hotel stays.

WDSU Investigates has previously reported that the major’s flight cost is just under $10,000.

To view Cantrell’s travel documents, click here.

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