Hello, John McDonnell here, with your latest issue of Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals. If you're interested in finding a ready market in the center of Europe, check out our featured site about Austria. Next -- want to do business with a government? I have a site that will help you find government contracts to bid on. If you're looking for a long- range forecast or a short summary of today's weather, you can find both at a site I profile below. Finally, I have a site that will help you plan a successful and economical trip, no matter where you're going.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.


Based on recent news coverage, you'd think the most notable thing about Austria was that it produced a bodybuilder-turned-movie star who just got elected governor of California. Austria has more to offer the world than Arnold Schwarzenegger, however. This historic country at the crossroads of Central Europe exported US $70 billion in 2001, while it imported US $ 74 billion (in contrast, California exported $92 billion to the world in 2002 and imported much more!). As a member of the European Union, it's a country with many opportunities for trade. If you'd like to investigate them, here's a great place to start: the Austria Press & Information Service ( ) has a site packed full of information that's helpful to businesspeople. There are links to news sources, travel tips, trade leads, economic statistics, history, political background, cultural information, and lots more. For specific trade information, point your mouse at "Austria in the U.S." at the top right of the page, then click on "Trade Commissions". This will lead you to the Austrian Trade Commission ( ) site, which has tons of useful information that will help you establish trade ties with Austria.

There are some excellent guides to doing business with Austria in the FITA Global Trade Bookstore. The Global Road Warrior for Austria is packed with key data necessary for daily survival while on the business road in Austria. And the Country Commercial Guide: Austria is full of information about the Austrian market.

There are many more links to Austria at the FITA site. Go to the FITA International Trade Web Resources (, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Europe and click on Austria in the drop-down box. Or simply type "Austria" in the search box at



The U.S. government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. It is a $235 billion marketplace, buying everything from food and clothing, construction and IT services to airplanes and space shuttles. Other governments may not be at that spending level, but they are no slouches when it comes to buying goods and services. That's why smart businesspeople the world over look to governments as a market for what they have to sell. You can find out what governments are looking for by visiting Bidline ( ). This site has a searchable database of bid notices from governments all over the world. For a fee of $19.95 a month, you can search by industrial category (research & development, education & training, modification of equipment, etc.) and type of government (federal, state, local, or international). Your search results have all the information you need, from phone numbers and e-mail addresses, to a summary of the job, to original government text about the job. It's a great way to get in the door of the government market.

If you want more trade leads for the public and private sectors, go to the FITA Trading Hub ( ). Scroll down the page and you'll see links to dozens of sites, some free and others fee-based, that will help you get started.



If you want to succeed in your business, you have to stay ahead in today's global business environment while on the move - quite literally. Today's executive spends a lot of time travelling, valuable time that would it be better spent keeping abreast of business developments. Time for instance, to digest the latest intelligence on the particular market that concerns you and your business.

To give you this specific information in a convenient, handy format, created a new Mobile Edition. While you still get the invaluable information of, you can get a personalized selection by picking and choosing only the content you require and downloading it to your PDA. Or you can use a wireless connection for real-time access to the site. Either way will give you expert global market intelligence at hand - always.

Sign up for Mobile Edition before November 14, 2003 and you can win a Mobile phone Travel Charger, just the thing for the today's globe trotting executive. Or you may even win the lucky draw Grand Prize of a round-trip Air Ticket to Hong Kong.



I've always been a weather junkie -- as a boy I measured rainfall and wind velocity (there, I've admitted it), and knew all the names of the clouds. You don't have to be a geek like me, though, to like Wild Weather ( ). This site has well-written articles on weather events and climate patterns, long-term forecasts, insightful explanations of the causes behind the weather, and plenty of games, videos, and pictures of weather-related matters to keep you busy for hours.



Whether you're planning a vacation or a business trip, you can save money by visiting ( ). This site has lots of tips and ideas for getting the best deals on airfare, hotels, car rentals, and other facets of your trip. You'll also find useful information about currency conversion, international dialing codes, electricity requirements, holidays around the world, and similar travel issues. Tyzo has over 6,000 pages of information to help you research and plan your trip down to the smallest detail.


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