It won't be long before the Athens Olympics, and it seems timely
to investigate trade opportunities with Greece. So, in this issue
I have a portal to everything you need to know about doing
business in Greece. Next, I profile a site that has a master
calendar with dates for just about everything important that's
happening in the world during the year. I also found a site where
you can set up an account with all your medical information, for
easy access in case of emergency when you're traveling. Finally,
I have a portal to international legal information, which is
indispensable if you're doing business in other countries.|
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.
| GREECE -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY SITE|
The country of Greece is certainly not a newcomer to world trade.
Greece was one of the trading hubs of the ancient world, and it
still depends on trade to bring it the products it needs. Greece
imported nearly US $32 billion in 2002, and there are a lot of
opportunities for savvy traders, especially with the Athens
Olympics coming up.
If you'd like to learn more about trade with Greece, go to the
Greece page at the University of Kansas (
This straightforward page has links to Greek financial markets, a
business directory, a report on information technology in Greece,
a guide to investing in Greece, country profiles, market reports,
a travel guide, the latest news, a Greek search engine, and much
There are more useful links to Greece at the FITA site. Simply
go to http://www.fita.org/webindex/countries.html, then go to
Europe and click on Greece. Or, you can type "Greece" in the
search box at http://www.fita.org.
If you want to know when the Buddha's birthday is celebrated in
South Korea, or when the Royal Windsor Horse Show is, or even
when the next Sundance Film Festival is, there are many places
online where you can find that information. Now, however, there's
one site that has all that information and more. DateDex (
http://www.datedex.com ) has calendars that list worldwide
religious and public holidays, festivals, sporting events, trade
shows, cultural events, economic summits, human rights
conferences -- even celebrity birthdays. I've never seen a site
with so much date-specific information. To make it even more
useful, you can download important dates to your computer or to a
PDA (personal digital assistant).
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 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
GUIDE TO LAW ONLINE: NATIONS OF THE WORLD
Legal systems vary the world over, and it's important for anyone
doing international business to be aware of legal issues that may
affect them. You'll find a useful portal to international law at
the Law Library of Congress Guide to Law Online: Nations of the
World ( http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/nations.html ). This site
has everything you need in a simple, streamlined format. Just
click on the name of a country, and you'll come to a page with:
links to the country's constitution; information about its
executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government;
legal guides; country profiles; human rights information;
statistics; diplomatic contacts; and much more.
It can be a scary thing to have a medical emergency when you're
traveling. You could be thousands of miles away from your primary
physician, specialists who are familiar with you, and even the
local pharmacy that fills your prescriptions. Now, there's a Web
site that can take a lot of the risk and guesswork out of this
situation. It's called PersonalMD.com (
http://www.personalmd.com ), and with it you can set up an
account so that medical personnel can access your medical
history. This site also lets you store medical records,
immunization records and important legal documents like wills and
health proxies. Another neat service is ReminderRx, which will
remind subscribers to take medications, attend appointments, etc.
The reminder can be sent to your pager, cell phone, PDA and e-
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