AUSTIN -- Gov. Greg Abbott comes home to Texas Wednesday following a three day trip to Cuba that focused on travel, trade and exports.

Abbott met with Cuban officials Tuesday, stressing that he wants close economic ties between Texas and Cuba regardless of whether the U.S. embargo is lifted, according to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman.

Noting that "Texas has a business point of view for travel and tourism to cuba," Gov. Abbott said, "From a Texas perspective, we view Cuba as a place of vast tourism and travel opportunities."

When Gov. Abbott asked a Cuban official what would speed up the process of a relationship of that kind between Texas and Cuba, the official responded, "The lifting of the blockade."

Gov. Abbott said, "That's not my job." But a Texas official added that the governor's presence in Cuba sends a strong message to Washington.