BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s wanderlust has kicked into high gear as he nears the end of his second term.
In the past 18 months, Patrick has embarked on a whirlwind global tour, stopping in such far-flung places as Colombia, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
According to a review by The Associated Press of Patrick’s official schedules, the slew of trips marks the most active overseas travel period of his nearly eight years in office.
During his first four-year term, Patrick made just one trade mission. That was to China at the end of his first year.
Although critics have faulted Patrick’s globe-trotting, the governor says the trips have lured capital to the state and raised its profile in an increasingly global economy.