After 10 years and 9 months of inaction Barbados Tourism Authority pays for a Portuguese language website… but we don’t own it!

We paid for it, but Barbados doesn’t own the website Domain name!

The Barbados Tourism Authority finally launched a Portuguese-language website to attract visitors from Brazil. This is in conjunction with the start of airline flights by GOL (Varig) direct from San Paulo to Barbados and a major campaign by Barbados to tap into this tourism market.

We can’t read Portuguese, but the new website (www.visitebarbados.com) looks professional, attractive and hopefully will do its part in bringing thousands of Brazilian tourists to our little paradise.

Adrian Loveridge saw Brazilian tourism potential 10 years ago

Barbados Free Press started calling for a BTA Portuguese-language website in September of 2009, but hotel owners like Adrian Loveridge have been asking for Portuguese and Spanish language Barbados tourism websites for over 10 years. (See BFP’s September 23, 2009 article here)

The Barbados Government also recently held a big event for Brazilian travel agents and industry representatives so hopefully this will be a good start in tapping into some new markets that we desperately need. (See Caribbean Net News: Barbados launches Brazilian marketing campaign)

We’d love to hand out kudos and congratulations all around to the BTA and Minister of International Business and International Transport George Hutson – but it really shouldn’t have taken anywhere near this long to put up a website and that takes some of the good feelings away.

We notice that the domain name of http://www.visitebarbados.com was only registered on March 31, 2010, so it took the government over 6 freaking months from the time of our September article to reserve a website name. The website itself went active a few days ago on May 24, 2010.

Oh… one more thing…

We paid for the website, so why don’t we own it?

The Barbados Government and the Barbados Tourism Authority are paying for this Brazilian marketing campaign – but our website domain name belongs to one of the BTA consultants!

Gisele Abrahao of Brazil was hired by Barbados to make the project happen, but she registered our website domain “visitebarbados.com” in her own name. She personally owns it!

So typical of Barbados politicians and bureaucrats with no real business experience and unlimited government budgets… They arrange for the Barbados tax-payers to fund the development and all operational costs of a very valuable website, but someone else ends up owning it!

posted by Cliverton after a suggestion from reader “nevermind kurt”

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14 responses to “After 10 years and 9 months of inaction Barbados Tourism Authority pays for a Portuguese language website… but we don’t own it!

  1. Kammie Holder

    Adrain as a web savvy person here is the additional info. There are so many online services and you tell me that we have nobody in Barbados who could have translated and edited a website in portuguese. Richard and Mr Rice how much will the $2.99 website cost us when when want to acquire or the relationship goes sour. I smell a rat or a lack of business prudence.

    Registration Service Provided By: HPHOST!
    Contact: +011.40639508

    Domain Name: VISITEBARBADOS.COM

    Registrant:
    Gisele Abrahao
    Gisele Abrahao (gisele.abrahao@gmail.com)
    Al Fernao Cardim , 119
    Sao Paulo
    São Paulo,01403-020
    BR
    Tel. +055.1196273160

    Creation Date: 31-Mar-2010
    Expiration Date: 31-Mar-2011

    Domain servers in listed order:
    ns2.hphost.com.br
    ns1.hphost.com.br

    Administrative Contact:
    Gisele Abrahao
    Gisele Abrahao (gisele.abrahao@gmail.com)
    Al Fernao Cardim , 119
    Sao Paulo
    São Paulo,01403-020
    BR
    Tel. +055.1196273160

    Technical Contact:
    Gisele Abrahao
    Gisele Abrahao (gisele.abrahao@gmail.com)
    Al Fernao Cardim , 119
    Sao Paulo
    São Paulo,01403-020
    BR
    Tel. +055.1196273160

    Billing Contact:
    Gisele Abrahao
    Gisele Abrahao (gisele.abrahao@gmail.com)
    Al Fernao Cardim , 119
    Sao Paulo
    São Paulo,01403-020
    BR
    Tel. +055.1196273160

  2. Kammie Holder

    Adrian, the whole BTA board should resign! It seems you were no yes man so them had to get rid of you. The worst person to have around any business table is yes men, they are dangerous and destructive, only loyalty is largasse. When will we learn? $2.99 is what you could walk down Broad Street and get from a vagrant.

    We really thought things would have changed but in Barbados, politics is like cricket,two teams. Continue to talk on Tourism issues and I will speak on environmental issues we are onto something.

    Where is the wisdom? Check out Ricky Phillips, Liz Thompson and Peter Gilkes discussion on my potato which cost $7.98 below.

  3. Kammie Holder

    Liz Thompson May 31 at 5:31am
    Please post the comment below for me — with permission from the writer on Facebook

    I think the Government really needs to explain this.

  4. West Side Davie

    I’d love to know how much we paid to set up that website. It’s nice but how much did we pay?

    Why don’t we own it? The answer is almost certainly that the BTA people never gave the issue a thought.

  5. sinastro

    As a Barbadian and an accomplished web service provider as well as having a portugeuse finance. I can safely say that this site is a loss no matter how you look at it. They dont own the domain and are probably paying ridiculous monthly maintenance fees as the site is coded in basic html. Looking at the development the main cost should have been the photography it is a very basic site with little to no search engine optimization.

  6. oh my

    this is not incompetence. this is intentional and someone or some people at bta definitely getting some kickbacks. that is how it works with the folks over at bta.

  7. I am awaiting word from Senator Peter Gilkes on why we dont own the website.

  8. BFP

    Hi Kammie,

    I suspect it was an oversight by the BTA people who have no experience in business – only an unlimited budget and a passion for being treated to dinners and trips and feeling important.

    If it was their own money on the line, they sure wouldn’t have let this happen because they’d be looking at the project through another set of eyes and looking out for their own interests. A damned shame that they don’t have what it takes to properly look after the interests of our country as they should be doing.

    I doubt you’ll get an answer Kammie, but if you do please let us know.

    HERE’S WHAT BFP WILL DO…

    We will check who owns the website once a month and we’ll republish the article every month until the issue is fixed. That’s not what the traditional Barbados media does… they usually let stories fade when they get a juicy government advertisement.

    Not us!

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  11. Marco Schaumloeffel

    well, as translator I could have done it. Since 2005 I teach Brazilian Portuguese and Brazilian Culture at UWI Cave Hill. BTA and BHT know about that, but never got in touch…

  12. EyesWideOpen

    Currently at least 6 lecturers at UWI are native Brazilian Portuguese speakers…but as Marco says…nobody gets in touch

  13. Ask Loveridge

    How is this experiment with South American tourism coming. This is over a year later. Have the BTA or anyone released any traffic studies? Are we seeing a return on investment yet? I know it will take time to excite a new market, but how are we doing?

    Adrian Loveridge, are you here? Do you know? LOL We count on you more than the guvment for truth! LOL

  14. WTF? Asking again! Calling Loveridge!

    How is this experiment with South American tourism coming. This is over a year later. Have the BTA or anyone released any traffic studies? Are we seeing a return on investment yet? I know it will take time to excite a new market, but how are we doing?

    Adrian Loveridge, are you here? Do you know? LOL We count on you more than the guvment for truth! LOL