The group will be focusing on countries that are increasing their defense spending and those that are seeing an increase in business and leisure travel. Among those who attended Wednesday's meeting, some said they want to do more business in the United Kingdom, while others were focused on South America, Australia and the Middle East.

While industry groups focused on exports are common overseas, they are less common in the United States, Way said.

"We've gotten more interest in this than probably anything in the last five years," he said. "An industry group like this, that's common ... but to add the export layer on that, that's what makes it a little bit different."

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