The Portal that disappeared


We all know that tourism is a great resource for Italy. Our country has a vocation for tourism. Another great resource available to us is Mister I, where I stands for Innovation and Internet. What better combination could there be?
Stanca, the ex-chief warehouseman of IBM, his true identity, has announced in a brochure sent to 16 million families, the launch of the tourism portal:
A portal on line costing 45 million Euro “created to promote the tourism we can offer via the Internet as well as to promote the cultural, environmental and whole food wealth of Italy” and as it says on page 16 of the brochure “uses an interactive program to organise and plan the journey”.
The project started in March 2004 and was led by Innovazione Italia that assigned parts of the contract to IBM, ITS and Tiscover.
Whoever connects to, moved by the contagious enthusiasm of Mister I, instead of the marvellous interactive delights of the Bel Paese  only finds a request to enter username and password.
Of the portal itself there’s no trace, not even a page explaining when the start date is. Perhaps because no one knows.
Falavolti, director of Innovazione Italia, made the following statement last year: “by January 2006 the first version of the site in two or three languages could be on line”.
World tourism is worth a third of all online commerce, with a value of about 650,000,000,000 Euro in 2005.
This is a massive business, but only for the other countries.
Just think of a Japanese person or a Russian looking for “the cultural, environmental and whole food wealth of Italy” using the government’s official portal without having being already briefed about who Stanca is. What will they think of us?

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It's a shame for Italy...
we pride our hospitaly and we abuse turists as they were cattle.
We pride our intelligence and we spend 45 millions euro for a ghost website.
We pride our culture and we let it rot.

Everytime I read this type of news (re-read in this case) I feel upset and ashame.

At least I'm a manager in an international corporation, live outside Italy, and I don't have to see my taxes wasted in a so pathetic way.

Posted by: Igor Netto | November 13, 2006 01:43 PM

45 million Euro ?? Wow, that's really too much. I'm a webdesigner from long time now, I don't know and I can't make a quick count of how many peoples should be hired to maintein a site like this and I don't know what tecnologies are planned to be on, but 45 million of euro sound really like a joke. In a more realistic way I think for a italian portal, this cost could be easly divided at last by 45, an more, to get started and manteined for some time, whatever should be the technology implemented.
Well if interested for a serious estimation just contact me!

Posted by: Sergio Scavonetto | June 6, 2006 04:30 AM

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CHICAGO, May 8 (UPI) -- Integrating disparate data and voice networks -- broadband, mobile phone and WiFi -- into one unified network is promising to be a foremost technology trend in the next few years, one that could lead to totally personalized telecom services, experts tell UPI's Networking.

Experts at Gartner Inc., the IT research consultancy, indicate that by 2010 at least 40 percent of U.S. companies will have completely integrated their entire voice and data networks into a single network, and 95 percent of all large and mid-size firms will have at least started the process to do so. By Gene Koprowski

Posted by: Ted Smith | May 8, 2006 09:41 PM

Caro Beppe,
Le scrivo perche' sto svolgendo un'analisi sul mercato delle web tv, sto lavorando come analista finanziario in California presso la CapitalHunter.
Mi risulta particolarmente difficile trovare informazioni sulla situazione del mercato italiano...nessuno ne parla.
Negli Stati Uniti e' un mercato in forte crescita e La invito a guardare il sito della Veoh, societa' di web tv con sede a San Diego.
So che Lei e' un comico ma mi saprebbe indicare qualche fonte dove reperire info sulla situazione italiana.
Qui si parla di una possibile fusione tra mediaset e telecom.............operazione che permetterebbe alle due societa' di risolvere i loro problemi finanziari (enormi) ma anche di entrare nel mercato delle web tv.........come unici attori e quindi monopolisti.....mediaset sa che se si diffondono le web tv lei sparisce..........i veri soldi mediaset li fa trasmettendo e non creando format televisivi.
Lei e' un italiano che lavora per informare e migliorare la Nostra Nazione, La ringrazio per quello che fa quotidianamente.

Marco Nardini

Posted by: Marco Nardini | April 24, 2006 11:47 PM

Hey Houses,Kurwa,
Co poczebuiesz tutai? Nie volno twoia gowpya reklama! Po pierfsze jezeli masz taki Kretinie pop ups z twoi website, tosnacze ze co ze ty proponujesz bendze to samo.I co myszlisz, ze wlosky ludzi na pewno poczebuje dom do Polscy?
Yak naivne!

-Questo polacco cerca di venderci una casa in Polonia convinto che la polonia sia pi bella che l'Italia. Appena andrete nel suo sito, sarete invasi da pop up per i quali, se non siete atrezzati, rischiate di prendervi un troyan horse. Meglio dire a sto Woitila di fare le sue messe nel suo paese.

-I said with some mistakes what I'm thinking about this polish houses of poland spammer. He is looking proud to propose to us, a site like Wikipedia or like this blog for nothing. I have to say that polish people like this guys are boasters enough to say that they are the best in the world and bastards enough to think that all foreigners hase to be abused. As I was nearly abused myself sometimes, I prefer to tell you that not all of them are like popes and most of them are convinced that foreigners are so stupid and plenty of money that they have absolutely to be abused.
In his site there are some villas to sell.I knew some people that they bought a house and they never could recover the money when they realized that the papers were falsed.
But first, if you click on his nickname try to be protected like me against viruses, worms and troyan horses because it starts immediately to work in your computer.

J'ai dit ce con de houses of poland ce que je pensais de son intromission ici. En clair, il veut vous faire cliquer sur son nick idiot pour vous vendre une maison en Pologne mais surtout s'introduire dans votre ordinateur avec un cheval de Troye. A bon entendeur, salut!

Houses of poland:
Esto hombre es un spamer que esta buscando la ocasin que tu clicas sobre de el y despus introducirse nel tu ordenador con un caballo de troia.

Houses of poland
Russian, vnimanie! Na etom sayte vozmojen virus!

Furlans, stait atents a di chest mone di polac. Al ceir dome di vendius une cjase tal so pas e so lis 'n tal so sito o si becis subte un vir.

Posted by: blisco jajo | March 22, 2006 09:58 AM

actually you made me think mr grillo,
didn't the slogan go something like this
"no taxation without representation"
and since i have a hotel and im not represented by a ministry
why should i pay taxes ??
could anyone explain this please

Posted by: andrea panno | March 21, 2006 09:39 AM

Hi stanca, to all my frieds I've do a web site for free! We are not friend, but for love of my nation, I could od the same..
You desire a web site like wikipedia? 2 hours, opla!
You desire a blog like this? 1 hour, pl!
Ask if you need help!!
I love my country, please..
I hope you can love something of Italy, I hope someone can understand your love for us

Posted by: Houses for sale Poland | March 20, 2006 09:19 PM

Ciao all,

The actual Italian Government is a complete disaster!

We have the chance the 9th and 10th April to start changing things in our country. It is my opinion that those days will be just the beginning of a big and innovative change that WE MUST require from our politicians.

All the Italians, in Italy and abroad, have to feel the whole responsibility of what is going on and what is gonna happen over the next weeks.

Below find an interesting article reported on the English The Guardian on our Fascist Democracy!,,1731932,00.html

Mo-Bi-Li-Ta-Zio-Ne x Prodi!

Posted by: Delfino * Dublino | March 20, 2006 10:22 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the voice of an Italian student who left the Italian peninsula exactly 13 months ago. Nothing whatsoever has changed or improved, I keep on reading the same annoying and obnoxious alarms as to how deep our nation can fall. Nothing is irreversible, but a change of tack appears unlikely in the short run. My piece of advice is the following: "the ship is sinking. Those who can swim better hop out and start paddling towards merrier ends". Cheers from Sydney.

Posted by: Luigi | March 20, 2006 03:31 AM

I think that we always think that we don't need the advertising to have people in our country because our best commercial is our monuments. We are making a big mistake because if u have a lot of resource u have also to know how administrate it. And i think that centro sinistra and centro destra aren't able to do that.
The problem is that we think that we don't have any problems this is our philosophy!
Sorry for my bad english but i don't sleep from one day and i'm not very able to write without mistake!

Posted by: Vito Kahlun | March 19, 2006 06:41 PM

And let's assume the tourists arrive,first stop -still no wi-fi Fiumicino.Welcome to have to cough up 1 euro to get a trolley to help you with your bags through airport.Catch a train to Termini.The train stops at binario 26 or something ridiculous like that.You'll have to walk with your two suitcases at least 600 meters to get into the central station with still no trolleys to be found.All the hustlers with their overpriced hotels and illegal taxi drivers looking to rip you off.If italy wants to continue to attract tourists they should consider treating them better.

Posted by: Ed.Schmidt | March 19, 2006 06:35 PM

it sounds unbelievable, but it is true! I saw the website!
Mafia is a tourist attraction!
I'm afraid that Italy will never change for the better!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | March 19, 2006 02:30 PM

Mafia families show more initiative in boosting tourism than the Government. If you go to you can buy some great typically Italian items......a "coppola" (typical mafia hat - 13 euros with "I love Corleone" written on it). Sold by none other than Tot Riina's daugher, Maria Concetta, her husband, Tony Ciavarello and his sister, Mattea Ciavarello, to whom the clothing firm ManiaMax officially belongs. So-called "bilingual journalist" "Zoomata" (check this out) writes that "The image of Corleone is changing thanks to enterprising young people, remarked mayor Giuseppe Cipriani. "Before tourists expected to find women dressed in black, men with sawed-off shotguns. Its not that way-thanks to these young people, theres a bit of bustle, nightlife." According to Wikipedia, "during 1981 and 1982, around a thousand Mafiosi were killed as Riina decimated his opponents and they in turn tried to fight back, and at least two hundred others vanished without trace."
Perhaps when you buy the coppola you can devolve a percentage to the families of the victims of papa? That would be a great tourism initiatve!

Posted by: Maureen Lister | March 19, 2006 11:31 AM

It is not else than an example to show how a businnesman can do politics and how he can do businnes like a politician.

Posted by: blisco jajo | March 19, 2006 10:11 AM

Also the presentation of Italy at the ITB in Berlin was a bit dull with one hall and stands of all regions. Basically a few counters with paper brochures. And more or less significant for the bad organized italian tourism.

Instead Greece had a brillant multimedia presentation and big flatscreens with picture shows - some real-eye catchers.

Posted by: Thomas Krueger | March 19, 2006 07:48 AM

45 million is a too large amount of money for setting up this portal.
However it's also a nice amount of money to spend some time on the bahamas:-)

Posted by: Ellio Martina | March 19, 2006 03:13 AM

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