Hello International Traders!
In this issue I have an information-rich site about Portugal that
will help you research this promising European market. Also, I found
a site that has detailed country profiles prepared by the experts
at McKinsey & Company. And if you're traveling to Europe soon, check
out the site I found that has discount air fares. Finally, if you
like zoos, I have a site that has reviews and other information
for zoos all over the world.
If you'd like more information about international trade, go to
FITA's International Trade/
Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source
for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites
related to international trade.
| PORTUGAL -- OUR
FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
Portugal has always been a trading nation. In the 15th
century its ships ranged as far as India, China, and Japan in
search of trade goods. Today, Portugal has liberalized its trade
policies as a member of the European Union, and it's a ripe
market for many types of goods and services.
You'll find lots of good information about Portugal at Icep
Portugal ( http://www.portugalinbusiness.com/ ). This Portuguese
government site has all the information you'll need to get started
with your research. There are links to news, travel information,
a directory of Portuguese companies, articles about Portuguese
industries, an investing guide, trade leads, passport and visa
requirements, and much more.
There are more useful links to Portugal at the FITA site. Simply
go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html,
then go to Europe and click on Portugal. Or, you can type "Portugal"
in the search box at http://www.fita.org.
MCKINSEY GLOBAL INSTITUTE
McKinsey & Company is one of the most respected consulting
firms in the world, so when I found out they have a site where
you can download country profiles written by their business
experts, I was eager to check it out. McKinsey
Global Institute ( http://www.mckinsey.com/knowledge/mgi/
) is everything I thought it would be. The country profiles
are up to 200 pages long, and go into great detail about every
facet of each country's economy. -- as an example, the Turkish
report has a forecast for the cement industry in 2015. The reports
are free -- all you need to do is register to read them. Besides
the country profiles, there are reports on topics like multinational
company investing in developing economies, the global capital
market, and improving European competitiveness, to name a few.
PEACE OF MIND WHEN TRAVELERS NEED IT MOST
A medical doctor from West Virginia was on vacation
with his wife in Rome recently when they had an extreme
medical emergency. As MedjetAssist members, they
made a collect call to the 24 hour hotline and received
They wrote, "My wife and I wish to express our
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it possible for us to return to medical care in the
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our experience and how expertly you handled our return
to the United States they cannot believe that this could
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MedjetAssist is an annual membership program for
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The program transports members, free of charge, to the
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and staffed jets. Click on www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm
to become a MedjetAssist member now at reduced
MedjetAssist publishes a free brochure, "A
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EUROPE BY AIR
.When we were first married, my wife and I traveled
to Europe on a shoestring. We're a family of six now, so we
couldn't do it as cheaply, but when we decide to go back, I'll
definitely use Europebyair.com
( http://www.europebyair.com ). This nifty site focuses on offering
travelers the best deals in air travel, plus the tools to plan
and book every aspect of an air flight within Europe. Europebyair.com
can get you to nearly 150 European destinations, with hundreds
of routes to choose from. You can book your trip online, and
then reserve a hotel room and rent a car. This is one site that
helps you to get the most from your travel budget. And also
don't forget the new bargain airlines in Europe. Ryanair
(http://www.ryanair.com) and EasyJet
(http://www.easyjet.com) offer major European destinations for
fares as low as 1 euro!
I've always been fascinated by zoos, and it's my dream
to visit the world's best zoos some day, the way people make
pilgrimages to baseball parks or football stadiums. If I ever
do that, I'll go to Zoos
Worldwide ( http://www.zoos-worldwide.de/ ) first. This
site has an extensive list of zoos, aquariums, animal sanctuaries
and wildlife parks worldwide. Many of the listings link to Web
sites, and you can visit them to learn more about what the zoo
has to offer. Zoos Worldwide also includes zoo reviews, live
zoo cams, an Animal of the Month, plus links to zoo associations,
and sites related to wildlife preservation and conservation.
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