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 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.
There is no better place to watch the sunset than at the Royal Decameron Indigo, Haiti.
The new 380-room property is equipped with a buffet restaurant, two a la carte restaurants and four bars, two adult pools and two children's pools, full fledged gymnasium, 2 tennis courts and a spa. Then the scheduled date of inauguration was decided on November 1, 2015 (later shifted to December 8th). 500 workers and 5 Haitian subcontractors would be employed to work day and night to meet the opening deadline. The Minister during his visit had said that the presence of government officials to visit the development work endorses his government's all inclusive support to the joint development program between Club Indigo and Decameron Hotels. As per the agreement, the rebranded property "Royal Club Decameron Indigo" will procure its regular requirements through local Haitian entrepreneurs so that it can create 500 local jobs and further employment of 420 local people to the hotel. The Decameron group has all-inclusive hotels in 11 countries around the world, including the Caribbean. Presently, there are 525 listed hotels in Haiti of whom five were ranked "5 Hibiscus" and seven were rewarded with "4 Hibiscus" rankings. The Haitian Ministry of Tourism has so far classified 177 hotel properties according to their service and amenities.
Here is a picture of the Royal Decameron Indigo along the beautiful coast of Cote Des Arcadins in Haiti.
There have been some major improvement in the tourism area in Haiti. Beside all these new hotels that are beginning to pop up in several regions in Haiti, there are also ground packages for visitors by local operators. Training programs for taxi operators and the ongoing urban renewal program in Cap Haitien are likely to revive the tourist industry
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.
The sky of Haiti wi become more crowded as Jet Blue will introduce new non-stop Flights From Boston To Haiti.
The new direct flight will begin on Wednesday, June 16, 2015 form Logan airport to Port-au-Prince until September 5. This is the period considered to be very busy travel between Haiti and Boston.
JetBlue adding more flights to Haiti and Cuba
JetBlue Airways, based in New York, has made public it will schedule extra flights to Cuba and Haiti. Now that travel restrictions to Cuba have been lifted JetBlue will run flight service from Tampa to Havana on Fridays.
During the summer months the air carrier will schedule flights from Boston, New York, and Fort Lauderdale to Haiti.
JetBlue partners with ABC Charters, and travelers must contact them to arrange flights to Cuba.
Here is a picture of Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin and Seychelles Tourism Minister together in Haiti. This map shows the island of Seychelles and its location. It is considered a huge tourist destination which is the strongest element in its economy.
Recently, Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture visited Port-au-Prince during the 58th UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization). He took the podium to address about the implementation of an effective regional integration system that would improve air and land connectivity & facilitate traveling. He met his Haitian counterpart Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister for Tourism and Creative Industries of Haiti to discuss on multi-destination opportunity within the region. The Seychelles Minister took the opportunity to float his country as an ideal tourist destination. Tourism is one of the main economic pillars of Seychelles. The Haitian minister also discussed about the possibility to lead a delegation to mark the 30th anniversary of the Creole Festival in Seychelles. Seychelles and Haiti are both Creole speaking nations, even though they sit far on the globe.