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Useful Sites # 70 about Austria, Government Contracts, Wild Weather and

From: FITA's Really Useful Sites
Subject: Useful Sites # 70 about Austria, Government Contracts, Wild Weather and Travel
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 11:49:56 -0400 (EDT)

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Really Useful Sites for International Trade Professionals Issue 70 Volume 3 
Number 22
October 22, 2003
Issue 70
VOLUME 3 Number 22

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 


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 


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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