Here is a icture of the protest taking place in Labadee. in January, 2016. preventing Guests aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas from visiting the cruise line's private destination of Labadee
On January 19, 2016, a political protest on the upcoming political election prevented the guest aboard the ship "Freedom of the Seas" from going to Labadee. The ship captain decided not to let passengers off the ship on safety reason, because several groups of protesters staged a demonstration in small boats. As per Royal Caribbean's statement, although the protest was peaceful in nature, it was evident that if the protest had continued, it would have a significant impact on the ability of the tourists to enjoy Labadee. The cruise company cancelling the trip, travelled to Falmouth, Jamaica as per its plan. 'Labadee' is a 260-acre peninsula on the northern coast of Haiti, known as a vacationer's paradise; it has been leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. until 2050. A private beach resort leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd features pristine beaches, coral reefs and lagoon-like bays surrounded by forested mountains.
Here is a picture of Mr. Guy Didier Hyppolite who was installed as Minister of Tourism and Creative Industrie.
Guy Didier Hyppolite, prior to this appointment, was the Vice President of the Tourism Association of Haiti (ATH). The new Minister of Tourism was installed by his counterpart from the Ministry of Economy and Finance, Yves Romain Bastien, because Romain Bastien, as the Minister of Finance has a special interest in the tourism sector and he believes that unless the country is freed from the political unrest, there would be no development and economic contribution through this sector.
Mr. Camille Junior Edouard, a hard core critic of the former President Martelly has been appointed as the new Minister of Justice & Public Security in the cabinet of Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, replacing Florence Élie, (former wife of René Préval, both Aristidienne and Prévalienne). Mr. Camille Junior Edouard is a former member of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Garry Conille and former Coordinator of the National Commission for the Fight against Drugs (CONALD). As the new minister, he was chosen at the last moment by the ombudsperson. The new Prime Minister mentioned his name as one of his brightest students at the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences of the UEH. The Prime Minister is confident that the talent of the new Minister of Justice would contribute immensely towards the benefit of the nation. During his speech for the occasion, Camille Edouard junior said, he will lead fight against criminals of all kinds.
Robert Anglade, the owner of Hotel Jardins Sur Mer in the region Zanglais became the victim of a terrible crime. He was assassinated at his home on Thursday April 7, 2016, shot dead by an unknown individual.
These pictures are some spectacular views one can enjoy from the Hotel Jardins sur Merin Arquin. More than anything in the world, this location was considered to be a true paradize for Mr. Robert Anglad.
Before taking on his dream to open Hotel Jardins sur Mer, Robert Anglade was leaving in Canada. The hotel was reputable for offering a comfortable and relaxing atmospher to peole from all over the world. He was quite successful and contributed tremendously to the community of Zanglais d'Aquin. He was 74 years old
Here is a picture of La Gonave.
The former President Michel Martelly had made a plan with an unknown institution to transform the La Gonâve Island into an International Financial Center with three official languages: English, French and Creole. As per the plan, an area of 100 square kilometers within the 743 square kilometer Island of Gonâve will be transformed into a sustainable green island community consisting the following projects. (a) renewable energy project, Jatropha farm and biodiesel plant that would employ over 18,000 Haitians; (b) luxury estate housing; (c) waterfront villages; (d) international and private airports; (e) industrial city with deep sea port; (f) all inclusive destination resorts with spas, golf courses and casinos; and (g) home port for large cruise ships. The agreement withholding the description of financial institution was made public by an Executive order issued by the Martelly government on January 7, 2016. The private entity will be empowered to build necessary infrastructure as per the requirement of the project and collect revenue to cover their investment. The plan was originally conceptualized in September 2010. It was a surprising fact that a public disclosure of such status was unknown outside of the principles involved.
Here is a picture of Royal Caribbean ship in Labadee, Haiti.
'Labadee' is a tourist oriented resort on the northern coast of Haiti leased to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. until 2050. It is located some six miles from Cape Haitian. The place is very nice, as are its beaches. They are pleasant, relaxing with lots of beach chairs. Since 1986, when RC Cruise made its deal with Baby Doc Duvalier in 1986, Royal Caribbean Cruises has been contributing a larger portion of their revenue to Haiti. Royal Caribbean does not pay any rent of any kind for the 260 acres of waterfront property, but its passengers pay a $12 head tax (it was $10 till February 2015). This private beach resort features pristine beaches, coral reefs and lagoon-like bays surrounded by forested mountains. The location is named after its first French settler marquis de La Badie, who came here in the 17th century. A typical day in Labadee may include snorkeling, filling up your plate at the buffet BBQ, zipping across the water on the 2,600 ft long Dragon's Breath Flight Line or snoozing in a beach chair on a private beach of 25 people.
Our beloved Haiti has been nominated for the 10 Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards 2015
Each week USA Today asks their readers to help them picking 10 Best Travel Destinations based on different categories ranging from food, lodging, things to do, etc., by casting one vote in each category each week. Their panel of travel experts selects the top 20 nominees, and readers help them to make the final selection. Some examples of their travel destination categories are: Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure, Best Caribbean Destination for Food, Best Caribbean Destination for Nightlife, Best U.S. Budget Destination. Haiti with its dramatic countryside of mountain, caves, waterfall, sea beaches, and heritage sites likes of the Citadelle Laferriere fortress had ranked top at No 1 during the third week of October 2015. However, it slipped to No: 2 of 20 next week, in the Best Caribbean Destination for Adventure category.
Did you know there is a plan in the making to build a cable car line linking Labadie with Citadelle Laferriere? This is part of a tourism improvement plan. Tourists arriving at Labadee via Royal Caribbean cruise will now be able to get to the historic site of Citadelle Laferriere in very safe condition.
This picture seeing here is not an actual picture of the cable car line project between Labadie and Citadelle Laferriere. It is just an idea of what it will look like after completion.
China never withdrew it supports on Haiti since its participation in the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Although, they left the UN mission in November 2012, but have maintained their presence with financial cooperation and assistance in important Haitian development works. Recently, on September 25, 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Haitian government and China National Automation Control System Corp (CACS) which would help to construct new buildings for the finance ministry, the tax office and the customs bureau. Furthermore, the Chinese companies will help to improve and expand important arterial roads around the capital city and in the border areas. A cable car will be constructed to link the municipality of Labadie to the archaeological site of Citadelle Laferriere, and the international airport, Toussaint Louverture will be renovated within a few years. These are genuine gesture from China to put Haiti on its path to development. The Citadelle Laferrière or, Citadelle Henry Christophe is a large mountaintop fortress in northern Haiti built between 1805 and 1820 with 365 cannons of varying size, approximately 17 miles (27 km) south of the city of Cap-Haïtien and five miles (8 km) uphill from the town of Milot.
Here is a picture of Noailles Village. This is a thriving city in Haitian art as it produces metal sculpture.
Noailles Village is the only place in Haiti where metal work occurs. The town is a colony of metal workers, who carve custom iron crosses.
The metal work small-scale industry started in 1956 when George Liataud starting making esthetically pleasing iron crosses to mark graves and tombs in Croix-des-Bouquet's cemeteries. Eventually he combined Voodoo and Christian symbols to appeal to the tourist market.
Today Noailles Village has a legacy of generations of metal work artists.
Haiti continues to impose itself as a tourist destination. The latest action was to be the host country of the World Tourism Organization for the Americas.
On May 22, 2015, the 58th regular meeting of the Commission of the World Tourism Organization for the Americas (WTOA), based on a theme of "multi-destination opportunities for regional integration", was held at the Karibe Convention Center in Petionville. During the convention, it was discussed how the tourist destinations within the region are interconnected and they are complemented by each other. If their connectivity, infrastructure and supporting institutions can be put to work on mutual interest, a higher sustainable growth in the tourism sector can be achieved. During the summit, two important documents were signed. Firstly, , the "World Tourism Ethics Code" was signed by the 14 representatives of the Haitian private sector of tourism and a declaration on the opportunities of multi-destination for regional integration was unanimously accepted. On the sidelines of the convention, there were few bilateral meetings between delegates, including Haiti and the Seychelles Islands.
Here is the picture of a Tourist taxi for driver guides in Cap-Haitien
Cap-Haitien's new Tourist Taxis to improve Tourist experience
President Martelly visited Hugo Chavez International Airport to present keys of 18 new tourist taxis to taxi drivers in Cap-Haitien.
Taxi drivers are benefiting from a partnering of car dealers, Banque Nationale de Credit, Haitian Popular Bank, and Management of Destination.
The drivers have formed associations to qualify themselves as professionals. The aim of the new taxis and organization of drivers is to improve tourist transportation, offering tourists more help getting around tourist areas.