Organizations and Associations International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (IACVB) www.iacvb.org

Information on IACVB conferences; a directory of member convention bureaus around the world, with links to those that have Web sites.

Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory www.mbnet.mb.ca/lucas/travel

This site contains a comprehensive database of official government tourism offices and similar agencies around the globe, with links to those that have Web sites.

Congress City www.congresscity.com

This is the site of a Netherlands-based commercial organization whose aim it is to keep meeting professionals informed about international developments in the marketplace. Here one can find destination information as well as abstracts from congresses around the world.

U.S. Government Agencies U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html

Listings of travel warnings issued by the State Department as well as Consular Information Sheets for every country of the world, including such information as the location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, unusual currency and entry regulations, and crime and security information. The site also has public announcements about relatively short-term conditions that could pose risks to the security of American travelers.

U.S. State Department Travel Publications travel.state.gov/travel_pubs.html

This site includes a long list of informational publications on various aspects of foreign travel, from A Safe Trip Abroad to Foreign Entry

Requirements.

U.S. Passport Services travel.state.gov/passport_services.html

A nationwide list of where to apply for a passport; how to get passports the easy way; downloadable, printable passport applications; and a section with answers to frequently asked questions.

U.S. Embassies Around the World travel.state.gov/links.html

Links to U.S. Embassy and Consulate home pages in cities around the world.

U.S. Customs Know Before You Go www.travelhealth.com/uscustoms.htm

Specific information for U.S. residents returning home, including duty-free regulations and customs exemptions from various foreign countries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's International Travelers Hotline www.cdc.gov/travel/travel.html

A wealth of health information for international travel, including geographic health recommendations for every region of the globe.

Site Information World Weather Forecasts www.intellicast.com/weather/intl

Weather forecasts and satellite images for cities and regions around the world.

Travelocity www.travelocity.com

The mother of all travel sites, with detailed site and travel information on a huge destination database. You can type in a request on the "Search the World" search engine for specific inquiries.

EventPlanner www.eventplanner.com/cities/europe/uk.htm

The site provides country-by-country information.

CityNet www.city.net

Click on a world map to locate sites around the globe. Information on each country includes topics such as culture, lodging, maps, transportation, weather, and yellow pages.

Travel Web travel.com/index.html

A comprehensive database of links to accommodations, airlines, ground transportation, cruising, tour operators, travel insurance, worldwide destinations, and more.

Culturgram Briefings www.byu.edu/culturgrams

Each four-page Culturgram from the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies contains a brief discussion of a nation's background, society, customs, courtesies, and lifestyles. There are 154 countries altogether. The site has a toll-free number and a fax order form.

Digital Passport www.rubicon.com/passport.html

An easy-to-use site with lots of helpful information for international travel on topics that include currency exchange, time zones, embassies, international deliveries, and international airports.

Language Foreign Languages for Travelers www.travlang.com/languages/

You can click your mouse on the icon of the language you want to learn, and access translations in seven categories that include dining, directions, places, and travel. There are also translating dictionaries and a worldwide hotel database.

Japanese Online www.japanese-online.com

Introductory language lessons with dialogues, vocabulary, grammar, and culture modules. Sound files help with pronunciation.

Health Global Emergency Medical Services www.globalmed.com

An overview of the medical services and support provided by this company, including a help desk for emergency telephone calls from around the world, staffed by registered nurses 24 hours a day. An online enrollment form is included.

Travel Health Online www.tripprep.com/index.html

A useful site on travel health and safety that has country profiles, lists of travel medicine providers, discussion of general travel health concerns, preventive medications and vaccines, and links to U.S. Department of State publications.

Money/Taxes The Universal Currency Converter www.xe.net/currency

An interactive chart lets you convert U.S. dollars into a selected foreign currency, and vice versa.

Exchange Rates www.oanda.com/

View currency exchange rates for any day since January 1, 1990.

CNN's Financial Network Currencies Market www.cnnfn.com/markets/currencies.html

Charts of currency values compared to the U.S. dollar, showing the latest trade dates.

Corporate VAT Management www.corporatevat.com

Basic information on value-added tax (VAT), with a section on VAT refunds for businesses. Brought to you by a Seattle-based management consulting firm that sells VAT refund software called AUTO VAT.

Visa Expo www.visa.com

Click on the ATM Locator on Visa's Expo site to pinpoint the exact location of ATM machines in cities and airports around the world.

Travel Services Destination Management Companies www.dmc-net.com

Listings for more than 650 destination management companies in more than 70 countries around the world.

Miscellaneous International Telephone Directory www.wajens.no/

Telephone or fax numbers anywhere in the world.

International Dialing Codes www.kropla.com/dialcode.htm

Country codes and direct-dialing prefixes for destinations worldwide, with an explanation of how to make calls to and from foreign countries.

Business Travel Net www.business-travel-net.com

Here you will find information on business travel products and services worldwide, including airlines, hotels, and car rental companies.

The Time Zone Page www.west.net/~lindley/zone

This site has the current time for 593 cities worldwide.

The Embassy Page www.embpage.org/

Links to embassies and consulates worldwide.

FedEx www.fedex.com/

Track the status of a FedEx package anytime, anywhere.