Columbia City Council members unanimously approved spending up to $6,000 to send Mayor Steve Benjamin to Paris for the Paris Air Show.
Benjamin said his goal is to convince a Boeing supplier to locate in Columbia to compliment Boeings $750 million facility in Charleston.
City Council voted Tuesday night during a meeting at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Benjamin said his office received lots of complaints about the trip, but also a few calls from people offering to pay for the trip with private money -- an offer Benjamin declined.
The trip will cost up to $6,000, including $1,400 for plane tickets, $2,500 for a hotel room, $1,032 for food and $1,068 for any unforeseen expenses.