Carnaval Not Profitable for Haitian Economy
Haiti did not begin to hold Carnaval des Fleurs until 2012 after a 39-year absence. The reason is well-known. Carnaval does not make money. But the Haitian government decided to start holding it again last year in the hopes it might be profitable.
The government believes Carnaval stimulates the economy and have the figures to prove it, a 21-million gourde profit for 2012.
Critics say the government is lying; in fact Carnaval posted a net loss of 46 million gourdes instead.