Really Useful Sites For International Trade Professionals

Monday, January 21, 2002 Issue 25   VOLUME 2 ISSUE 2  

Here's your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. This free bi-weekly newsletter reviews useful Web sites from the Web Resources database at FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal at, an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000+ sites related to international trade.

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My name is John McDonnell, and for years I wrote a weekly e- newsletter that profiled business-oriented Web sites. Now I'm using my Web research skills to find sites that are useful for international trade, as well as some fun sites that you'll enjoy visiting.


We've all been bored in our hotel room at one time or another, and sometimes the only solution is to make a paper airplane. That's why I like Johnny Jet at It's a travel portal that not only has links to sites where you can book flights, hotel rooms, and cars online, but also a link to a diagram of how to make a paper airplane (under the category of "Bored in Hotel Room"). Johnny Jet covers all bases when it comes to travel. It has links to airline seating charts, aiport maps and information, diagrams of commercial jetliners, restaurant guides, city maps, travel guides, airline ticket auctions, weather reports, flight tracking, and much more.


There are big changes going on in Argentina these days, and change can bring opportunity for the savvy businessperson. A good portal for doing business in Argentina is at Fundación Invertir Argentina at This site has news and information about trade with Argentina, setting up a business in the country, traveling, legal matters, economic statistics, and cultural tips, to name just a few items of interest.

There are lots more links to Argentina at the FITA site. Go to, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column or "Search by Country or Region" in the right column, and then Latin America and Caribbean and select Argentina in the pop-up window. Or simply type Argentina in the search box at

Are your prospects part of the international trade community? If so, here's an opportunity to showcase your service or product to 50,000 subscribers of Really Useful Sites for the International Trade Professional. FITA now offers limited sponsorship opportunities to selected organizations. For information, please contact Barney Lehrer, Director of eCommerce Development at or 1-800-969-FITA extension 4.


Since September 11, anyone who travels has to be concerned with safety and security. You'll find lots of information at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office at This is a British Government site, but the information is valid for anyone who is traveling. There is breaking news, information about traveling in specific countries, traveler's tips, advice on what to do if something goes wrong, and more.

The U.S. State Department site has a page of Travel Warnings at that also has information to ensure you have a safe trip.


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I've never been skiing, and the last time I went ice skating I spent most of the time holding on to my kids for dear life, so I'm no expert on winter sports. However, I do like to watch the Winter Olympics on tv, and I'll be tuned in when they start in a few weeks. I'll also visit CBC Sports 2002 Winter Olympics at to get the latest information about what's happening in Salt Lake City. This is a Canadian Broadcasting site, but it's already got lots of background information on the athletes, no matter what country they're from. When the games start there'll be breaking news and pictures, so this is one site to bookmark for the beginning of February.

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