Tourist information accuracy – update

Following up on the previous post, I was very disappointed to get a message back earlier today from Santo da Serra Golf Club regarding our reader who had booked to come to see the golf next weekend when in fact it is taking place  as we speak (day 3 out of 4 tomorrow). Bear in mind this is not a small event, with €600,000 worth of prize money – first place gets €112,500 whilst even 70th goes home with €1229 – this should be attracting attention world-wide!!!

The golf club replied saying “We are sorry to hear that (wrong dates published) but as it is not our responsibility unfortunately we can’t give any compensation” Actually I didn’t suggest this – I just mentioned that perhaps they could donate a free round of golf.

With this in mind I thought I would have a look at what reputable sites that should be promoting Madeira are saying about the event tonight. This is typical (no names!) but the source of the misinformation has to be the same…




And finally from Santo da Serra Golf’s own web site (although they have changed the date at the top of the same page):



What a shambles – surely tourism is struggling badly enough at the moment without somebody getting things so wrong – what a waste!! Very little TV coverage as well due to there being a major in the States at exactly the same time – the highest world-ranked entrant in the Madeira Open was No 192 with just four players ranked in the 200’s

20 Responses to Tourist information accuracy – update

  1. Jon Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 08:15 #

    One would assume that the original dates were “set in concrete” (common practice here…) some time ago but were for some reason changed at the last minute. By whom I wonder? With obvious liason to SdS Golf as hosts of the event ……including T times, Flights & Accomodation – and they (SdSG) didn’t think to let anyone know? Did they inform the Tourist Board? Or was it the Tourist Board that changed the dates and kept quiet? More investigation required methinks – time for the Girl who played with Fire?
    Salander Serra Golf maybe?

    Good work Admin – shines rather a dim light on SdSGolf and it’s attitude…….I would have thought that as hosts they DID have some responsibility, if “only” for correct advertising revenue, returns, promotion and information – who cancelled all the original flights/hotels etc?

  2. peter Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 13:22 #

    Hot today again everyone. Had some choc ices one the way home.

  3. Jon Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 13:48 #

    Car thermo showed 31*c in Machicooooo! Beach filling up a little now……..Cooler here in Gaula at a mere 27*c with a gentle breeze, lurvely.

  4. peter Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 13:50 #

    Richard hows the gardening going along this year?

  5. Jon Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 16:22 #

    Showing 29*c in the shade on the front terrace now.
    Front garden and side and rear terraces baking also.
    Too hot in the sun!
    Warm breeze from Africa.
    Afternoon tea and a good book beckons, in the shade.
    Gardening=Watering later and a cold beer Peter.

  6. richard Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 17:18 #

    Peter, garden is doing very well. Plants sagging a little this afternoon, temp 32c on the terrace! Pool a nice 29c.
    Lots of large cabbages, lettuces and onions, masses of colour in the garden, the house Casa das Flores is living up to it’s name!

  7. peter Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 18:06 #

    Richard pleased you doing well in the garden:) I notched here the locals digging the spuds up. Jon I notched beer in the shops shot up in prices, from the past memories.

  8. peter Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 18:08 #

    Richard Did you grow gooseberry plants this year? Though my memory could be wrong.

  9. richard Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 18:52 #

    Peter no no gooseberries, to hot here in Arco. Avocado, papaya, strawberries and passion fruit. I have at last managed to grow some rhubarb!

  10. peter Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 20:56 #

    richard thanks for putting me right.

  11. peter Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 09:11 #

    Here information site for fire risk in madeira. http://meteocasasDOTcom/fwi.php

  12. peter Monday, May 14, 2012 at 09:06 #

    Update for people interested in dual phones. Philips VOIP8551B Cordless phone with Skype & answering machine may interest you.

  13. Jon Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:17 #

    Euro 4.77 for x6 Coral in Continente at Cancela this a.m. Peter……will check out Pingo Doce and local Minimarket later……serious price rise indeed!

    Deb dug up some of our spuds – gorgeous, freshly cooked served with a little butter and salt when still warm – mmmmmm, better than “Jersey Royals”!

    Baking hot again here today….

  14. peter Monday, May 14, 2012 at 13:19 #

    Do anyone know when the free day be for the museums are ?

  15. Admin Monday, May 14, 2012 at 14:47 #

    Peter has asked me to clarify that fire risk link:
    For those that use Google Chrome it is a brilliant example of the “translate” option – works extremely well on what is a highly technical site.

    Peter – that question about free admission has been answered in the archives somewhere before.

  16. Jaquine Monday, May 14, 2012 at 21:35 #

    Peter the Cultural Agenda advertises the Free Museum Day as this Friday
    18th May, with guided tours at 11am, 2pm, 5.30pm & 9.30pm with ‘surprises’ for
    their visitors from 8.30pm (!?) Let’s hope this info is more correct than the golfing.

  17. peter Monday, May 14, 2012 at 22:00 #

    Jaquine thank you for the info.

  18. Samantha Monday, May 14, 2012 at 23:58 #

    I hope you don’t mind me posting this job vacancy, but the International School is looking for staff, as follows:

    Vacancy at the International School of Madeira

    Crèche assistant and cleaner
    Portuguese and English
    Experience with babies and toddlers
    Working hours: 8h00 to 18h00 (with a two hour break for lunch)
    Starting 1 June 2012

    Diplomas, health certificate, testimonials, ID card

    For further information and interview contact the principal
    Thelma Teixeira
    Calçada do Pico Nº 5 (beside Museu das Cruzes, up the road from Santa Clara Convent)
    Mobile: 965074322; 962615544

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