Kammie Holder picks up on a story broken by Barbados Free Press and asks some additional questions. A good take in this weeks’ Swimming Upstream, but we’d like to know if Kammie tried to credit BFP for breaking the story and The Nation editors quashed it. (That’s okay, Kammie. We still love ya no matter.)
Here’s an excerpt from Swimming Upstream: Embrace Nation Building
“It pains me to know that Barbados, as a sovereign state, in 2010 allows a foreign company to own the domain name http://www.visitebarbados.com, as well as its monthly hosting. Tell me which private corporation would enter such as arrangement for its marketing?
The Minister of Tourism needs to explain to the Prime Minister and the country why a domain name promoting Barbados costing US$2.99 is owned by a Brazilian company. We could all walk down Bridgetown and get US$2.99 from any patriotic vagrant to purchase this domain name from http://www.godaddy.com.
This is also an insult to Barbadian web designers and the Barbados Community College Portuguese tutor.
It also appears that some members of the Barbados Tourism Authority board were in the dark about this arrangement. Did this work for design and hosting of http://www.visitebarbados.com go out to tender?”