Article In The Wall Street Journal About Size Of US Chamber Delegation Not Correct

From The Wall Street Journal (11/6/15)

"The Chamber of Commerce group included more than 60 representatives from 32 companies such as Boeing Co. BA -0.02 % , Amway, Sprint Corp., American Airlines Group, AAL -0.57 % Caterpillar, Morgan Stanley MS 4.52 % and others. It was the largest U.S. business group to travel to the island at least since the 1959 revolution."

The statement is not correct.

In 2002, 923 representatives of United States companies visited the Republic of Cuba to attend the U.S. Food & Agribusiness Exhibition organized by Connecticut-based PWN Exhibicon International.  The licensing process took more than three years.  The statistics from the event:

Number of product export licenses processed by United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS): 225

Amount of cargo transported to Cuba (dry, chilled, frozen): 154,000 pounds

Cargo aircraft: 4

Exhibitors: States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: 35

Exhibitors receiving contracts/agreements: States and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: 21

Exhibition booths: 218

Exhibitors: 291

Individual representatives of exhibitors: 923

Visitors: 16,000

Non-Republic of Cuba-based media representatives with accreditation: 92

Governor (Minnesota): 1

Lieutenant Governor (North Dakota): 1

Secretary/Commissioners of Agriculture (Georgia, Kentucky, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, North Dakota, Virginia).  The Departments of Agriculture of Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas were also represented: 7

It was much more of an effort to make that event happen in 2002 than it was in 2015....