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  Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Issue 186 Volume 8 Number 9  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• THAILAND
Our Featured Country
• STATE INSIGHTS GIVES YOU THE INSIDE STORY
Data about US States
• VISIT FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL BEFORE YOU GO
Travel Tips from the King of Budget Travel
• FOR ALL THAT GLITTERS, GO TO THESE SITES
Gold and Silver Investments
• FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
ITAR Export Manager

Hello International Traders!

John McDonnell here with more sites to help you achieve success in the international trade arena.

Thailand has come roaring back from the Asian financial crisis, and it offers many opportunities for international trade. I have a site in this issue that will help you get a start in this booming market. Need information about a U.S. State? I have a site where you'll find everything you need. Before you travel, make sure to visit the money-saving site I found from Arthur Frommer. Finally, gold prices have hit record highs -- and I have two sites that will help you stay abreast of what's happening in the gold market.

THAILAND
Our Featured Country

Thailand was hit hard by the Asian Financial Crisis in the late 1990s, but it has made a strong recovery in the last ten years. In 2007 the economy grew by 4.5 percent, and exports have been at record levels in the last few years. The Thai economy is robust, and prospects look good for the immediate future. If this looks like a country you're interested in researching, a good place to start is Thailand's Board of Investment page ( http://www.boi.go.th/english/ ). This site is primarily concerned with investment in Thailand, but it has lots of useful information if you're interested in trade. You'll find statistics and demographics about Thailand, a guide to doing business in the country, legal information, news, business matchmaking, and links to government sites and organizations that promote trade.

You'll also find plenty of good research at the Thailand Mini Portal ( http://fita.org/countries/thailand.html ), a feature of the FITA Web site. The Thailand Mini Portal has an overview of Thailand, with facts about the language, currency, climate, etc., plus more specific information about the economy, markets, taxes, labor market indicators, and tips on doing business in Thailand. Click on "Useful Links" and you'll find a variety of sources for market research, trade leads, business directories, logistics, government contacts, travel, financing, and lots more.

The Thailand Mini Portal is one of many research gateways at the FITA site. To find Mini Portals for other regions or countries, just click on "Country Profiles" from within a Mini Portal, or at the FITA home page ( http://www.fita.org ).

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STATE INSIGHTS GIVES YOU THE INSIDE STORY
Data about US States

I'm always on the lookout for Web sites with good information on countries, but there are also some useful sites about U.S. States. There's a new one from globalEdge? called State Insights ( http://globaledge.msu.edu/stateInsights/ ), and it's worth a look. You just click on a State and you'll find a detailed profile, including: demographics, history, economic data, foreign trade numbers, tax information, news stories, lists of Fortune 1000 corporations with headquarters in the State, links to government offices, business events listings, and more. Anyone who wants to research a U.S. State should bookmark this page.

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VISIT FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL BEFORE YOU GO
Travel Tips from the King of Budget Travel

Arthur Frommer has been a respected travel writer for more than 50 years, and his budget travel guides have been indispensable to generations of students, businesspeople, and travelers of every stripe. Frommer's Web site, Budget Travel ( http://www.budgettravel.com ) maintains that great tradition. Here you'll find travel news, trip ideas, profiles of cities and countries, maps, videos, travel deals, online booking of lodging and transportation (air, ground, cruises, etc.) and much more. When I visited there were articles like "Secret Hotels Of The Dordogne," "The Family Travel Handbook", and "Paris Through An Artist's Eyes". Stop in at this site before you book your next trip.

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FOR ALL THAT GLITTERS, GO TO THESE SITES
Gold and Silver Investments

Although many stocks have dropped sharply in the last six months, gold and silver prices have hit record highs. If you've noticed this and you want to do some research into the precious metals market, a good site to visit is Gold Price ( http://www.goldprice.org ). This site provides charts of the current gold price in dozens of major currencies, plus history charts going back ten years. It also provides timely and accurate silver and gold price commentary, and gold futures quotes and charts. And, if you're wondering if now is the time to sell some of your gold jewelry, go to this article ( http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/pf/20080328_selling_gold_a1.asp ) at the Bankrate.com site.

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FITA CAREER HEADQUARTERS - FEATURED JOB
ITAR Export Manager

In the FITA Career Headquarters job seekers can now apply for jobs online and post their resume--free of charge--in an exclusive database that will be searched by hundreds of industry employers seeking employees with international degrees and/or related work experience. Featured job this week is for an International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) Export Manager for Tyco Flow Control located in Stafford, TX. Click here to browse more than 700 other positions!

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