Alberta Premier Alison Redford is travelling to Virginia this week to take part in the Bilderberg conference.

The invitation-only, closed-door meetings brings politicians together with leaders from areas including economics, finance, academia and industry.

According to a government news release, Redford will meet with a number of individuals to discuss topics like monetary policy, ecological challenges and responsible development of natural resources.

The cost of sending Redford and one staff member to the conference is $19,000.

The premier's attendance at the May 31 to June 3rd conference means she won't be in Alberta when federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair visits the oilsands on Thursday.