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Giancarlo Fadin

Encino, California Travel Agent

Doing Business in Italy

Merano, Italy

Thanks to decades of working with the Italian Trade Commission, I have the connections business travelers often need to make their travels as efficient, economical and comfortable as possible. Plus, if you are thinking of expanding your import or export business into Italy, I can connect you with potential partners and clients.

Many businesses rely on me to handle their air travel because they know that I understand that getting to a last-minute meeting can make the difference between making a sale or not. With my personal contacts and pull at the airlines, I often can clear a seat on a flight simply by making a phone call.

Travelers who are able to book business or first class air travel can also save significantly by taking advantage of our contracted rates, and I often can obtain competitively priced last minute fares.

Within Italy, I can recommend the best way to get where you are going. Driving is often not the best way to get around so I usually recommend trains for point-to-point travel for cities within Italy.

I also can recommend restaurants and hotels, selected for your budget and the locations of the businesses you will be calling on. Plus at most hotels, I can secure Virtuoso’s value-added amenities such as free Wi-Fi, breakfast, food or spa credits and more. 

However, sometimes driving is the only efficient way to go. In those cases, my special relationship with Auto Europe will get you the car you need, such as an automatic with GPS, at the best rate. For those who prefer not to drive, I can also arrange a car and an English-speaking driver.

I also can provide helpful advice to first-time business travelers to Italy, including the best months to do business and tips on the differences between conducting business in the United States versus Italy. For example, in Italy, business people tend to dress more formally. Unless you are informed otherwise, you should assume that the people you are meeting with will wear a suit and tie or the female equivalent; and out of respect for their customs, you should dress accordingly.

Whether you have been doing business in Italy for decades or are just considering getting started, I would love to use my expertise and connections to help you achieve your goals.

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