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Minister’s Rio trip cost $31,000

Sylvan Richards’ trip to the Rio Olympics cost the taxpayer a little over $31,000, it has been revealed.

Details of the sports minister’s nine-day trip to Brazil to represent the Government at the Olympic Games were posted on the One Bermuda Alliance expenses site.

Mr Richards, who was accompanied by his permanent secretary, spent $20,290 on air travel and a further $10,991 on accommodation.

The total cost of the trip was $31,566, which included $130 on ground transportation, $105 for meals and another $50 on miscellaneous expenses.

Meanwhile details of Michael Dunkley’s recent trip to London to meet with ministers from the new British Government have also been released showing the trip cost $6,279.

The Premier’s expenses included $4,339 on air travel and $1,940 on accommodation.

Mr Dunkley was accompanied by Derrick Binns, secretary to the cabinet, for the two-day trip and met with MP Robin Walker from the Department for Exiting the European Union, to discuss the implications for Bermuda of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.