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#428495 - 01/20/12 08:59 AM Gay Travel Belize hijacks tourism website?
Marty Offline

Businessman says Gay Travel Belize hijacked his tourism website

A San Pedro businessman is complaining that his tourism website has been hijacked by another organization promoting Ambergris Caye as the place for Gays and Lesbians to come and be free. In an email sent to the Belize Tourist Board and Christian media house on the island, the owner and creator of Guide to Belize says he has been using the letters “GTB” and his logo since 2002 as a guide to Belize. He says that now, there are persons using the same acronym, “GTB” to intentionally mislead tourists to a gay website which is gaytravelbelize.com.

Adrian Schweigler, Go to Belize owner, wrote an official complaint saying that the gaytravelbelize site was created in December 2009 and started to be online in January 2010, eight years after his GTB site. He wrote, -quote-

“ In my understanding, just creating business without respecting the religion and ethics of the local population, and using the same brand that is already in use in the same country at the same location is very unfair.” He continues and writes, “ I'm also not sure if the active promotion of Ambergris Caye for Gays and Lesbians is in line with the Belizean law, as sexuality is something private, especially if it is against the beliefs of 98% of the Belizean Christian Population.”

–end quote – Schweiger says he has already received complaints fro families looking for GTB Guide to Belize who end up on the Gay web site.


#428501 - 01/20/12 09:39 AM Re: Gay Travel Belize hijacks tourism website? [Re: Marty]
SimonB Offline
In order to "Hijack" a website you would have to take it over. All that has happened here is that one website has used Google better than another and someone is getting whiney.

They shouldn't spout about morals either when they were the ones to post everybody's WiFi router location and information on the island..

#428635 - 01/21/12 01:51 PM Re: Gay Travel Belize hijacks tourism website? [Re: Marty]
Katie Valk Offline
Belize is not a gay destination per se, but I have booked scores of gay clients who all had a wonderful time, were welcomed and made to feel quite comfortable and many have returned. I know numerous ethical and religious Belizeans who feel as I do and know their numbers represent more than 2% of the Christian population in Belize. Schweigler can not hijack our friendly open attitude to all good visitors.
Belize based travel specialist

#428636 - 01/21/12 02:07 PM Re: Gay Travel Belize hijacks tourism website? [Re: Marty]
BrusselSprout Offline

#428639 - 01/21/12 03:00 PM Re: Gay Travel Belize hijacks tourism website? [Re: Marty]
MisterB266 Offline
Somebody call the wahmbulance.

In December 2009, I found one of my photos on that Guide to Belize website. The discussion is documented on The Belize Forums, and the screen name "cayemen" did admit to "finding" the photo on the internet, photoshopping it, then posting it on GTB and COPYRIGHTING it!

There is still some text on that site that is VERY similar to text I wrote.

He went on to say, "In Belize, the Land of the Pirates, there is no copyright and any parts of our web pages."

For anyone looking at the travel information (bus, water taxi), be aware that some of that information is really out of date.

#428642 - 01/21/12 03:29 PM Re: Gay Travel Belize hijacks tourism website? [Re: Marty]
BrusselSprout Offline
Is it guidetobelize.info? I can't even pull it up...

#428643 - 01/21/12 03:37 PM Re: Gay Travel Belize hijacks tourism website? [Re: Marty]
BrusselSprout Offline
Scratch that...got it.


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