Tourism in haiti
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.
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 are some pictures marking the official opening of the Gardens of the Museum of Haitian National Pantheon (MUPANAH).
On June 19, 2015, the inauguration of the Gardens of the Museum of Haitian National Pantheon (MUPANAH) took place in the presence of the Directors General of the institutions of the Ministry of Culture, several senior state officials, diplomatic representatives and representatives of the various cultural institutions and museums of Haiti. 'MUPANAH' is a modern museum built mostly below the earth's surface where the conical central 'well' will bring light to illuminate the gold monument recreating the cannons and banners found on the national flag. Its unusual design reflects the style of Haiti's original Taíno inhabitants. Here the bodies of Toussaint Louverture, Dessalines, Christophe and Pétion are interred below and the names of famous independence heroes are marked on the surrounding walls. The first phase of this landscape area covers an area of around 10,000 square meters and includes a restaurant, museum shop, a play area for children, multipurpose room, benches, an amphitheater, bathrooms, an infirmary, and a service for schoolchildren vehicle.
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.
Five cities in Haiti are getting ready to host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA which is expected to impact various sectors of the population. Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, and Cayes are the lucky cities with the possibilities to exhibit work from a variety of artistic categories.
The Twelfth Edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) will be held on August 14-23, 2015 in the five Haitian cities (Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Cap-Haitien, Gonaives, and Cayes) under the theme of `Our Roots, Our Culture, Our Common Future'. The objective of the festival is to provide a forum where artists can discuss motivation, technique and other aspects of the arts. It is an international, multicultural event organized on a periodic basis by the countries of the Caribbean. It is a gathering of the musicians, artists, authors to display their folkloric and artistic expression. Every year, as per CARIFESTA "Host Country Agreement", the host country sets out the legal and operational framework for the smooth continuance of festival activities. Suriname was the first country to sign this agreement before the CARIFESTA XI in 2013.
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.
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.
A delegation from Haiti's Ministry of Tourism and Creative Industries represented the tourism products of the country under the leadership of Minister Stephanie Villedrouin at ITB Berlin 2015 between March 4 to 8, 2015. The ITB (short for Internationale Tourismus Börse, started in 1966) is the world's largest travel trade show where every year, over 10,000 exhibitors from 186 countries present dream destinations around the world - from Zimbabwe to Albania. It covers all aspects of travel and tourism: countries, airlines, hotels, tour operators, booking system, and other businesses. They not only promote themselves but at the same time, inspire wanderlust. Haitian team was represented by 4 artisans and 2 tourism companies, who were immensely benefited through interaction with their foreign counterparts. The European Union under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) also supports similar efforts through Caribbean Export within the framework of the Haiti/Dominican Republic Binational Program.
Expedia giving Haiti Tourism a Boost
Travel company Expedia has been expanding its presence in Haiti. In the past year travelers wanting to visit the island increased by almost 500% on Expedia's websites.
In 2014 Ministry of Tourism established 40 partnerships with Expedia, and new marketing manager, Maya de Campos, is committed to developing even more.
Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin says the Expedia partnership will increase ". . . our exposure to markets around the world via marketing campaigns, strategic promotions, and the latest technology."