As a native of Haiti, it’s impossible for me to conceal my love for my native country, and all the potential that Haiti offers to travelers worldwide to come and experience the people, cuisine, landscape, and culture – all from the comfort and beauty of Club Azure. To help you get a faceted view of happenings on Haiti’s diplomatic, economic, artistic, and tourism fronts, here are some summaries to peruse. Enjoy! – Jean
Government. Haiti faces a bright future, and democratic processes are part of Haiti’s tomorrow. The US Department of State announced on March 30, Counselor Thomas Shannon and Special Coordinator Thomas C. Adams in Port-au-Prince, met with representatives of the Government of Haiti, international organizations, and the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) to discuss preparations for Haitian elections. While in Haiti, the Counselor and Special Coordinator also met with representatives of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Tourism. Also, the Caribbean Journal reported that travel giant company, Expedia, said it has been making a significant expansion in Haiti, as the country looks to build its tourism sector:
[Expedia]said it had chosen to dedicate a market manager for the country [Haiti] “in order to focus on building partnerships and better supporting hoteliers.”
According to the company, travel demand on Haiti on Expedia group sites rose by nearly 500 percent year over year.
“Peyi sa twò rich pou-l pòv” goes a popular song refrain that I heard repeated often on a December media tour of Port-au-Prince. “This country is too rich to be poor.”
Minister of Tourism Stéphanie Villedrouin is singing much the same tune these days, wisely turning to Haiti’s rich music and arts culture to promote the country, as well as letting beaches that rival any in the Caribbean lure newcomers, and those from the enormous Haitian diaspora with a longing to return more often.
To make it easier to get to Haiti, just over a year ago, JetBlue began flights from JFK and Ft. Lauderdale, and American Airlines added a route from Miami to Cap Haïtien in the north. Authorities are actively planning to expand domestic runways as well for some of the country’s potential top resort areas like the offshore island Île à Vache in the south (many locals for now, however, want to know that they too will benefit).