FITA
 
 
  Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Issue 85 Volume 4 Number 11  
IN THIS ISSUE:
•  PORTUGAL -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE
•  MCKINSEY GLOBAL INSTITUTE
•  EUROPE BY AIR
•  ZOOS WORLDWIDE

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.


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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.

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MedjetAssist: PEACE OF MIND WHEN TRAVELERS NEED IT MOST
http://www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm

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 quick assistance.

They wrote, "My wife and I wish to express our deep appreciation for your rapid and professional response to our medical emergency in Rome. We were amazed at how you took care of the most minute detail and made it possible for us to return to medical care in the States as quickly as possible. When we tell people about our experience and how expertly you handled our return to the United States they cannot believe that this could be done so expertly and efficiently."

MedjetAssist is an annual membership program for U.S-based travelers providing air medical transportation to its members should they become hospitalized due to accident or illness virtually anywhere in the world. The program transports members, free of charge, to the hospital of their choice, most often in medically equipped and staffed jets. Click on www.fita.org/travel/medjetdescript.htm to become a MedjetAssist member now at reduced FITA rates.

MedjetAssist publishes a free brochure, "A Guide To Traveling Smart". Contact MedjetAssist directly at (800) 963-3538 to order it. Make sure to mention FITA to get the FITA discount if you enroll.


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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!

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ZOOS WORLDWIDE

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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