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01/02/2014 10:48:23

Haiti - Tourism : The country is again recommended as a tourist destination
Friday, during a press briefing at the Primature, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Minister of Tourism has reported on the significant achievements of Haiti in 2013 in the tourism sector and given a brief overview of perspectives 2014.

"After decades of absence in the international tourism scene, Haiti back on the world tourism map, according to recent publications by prestigious media institutions and international organizations," said the Minister before recalling that before March 20, 2013, a report by the World Economic Forum has ranked Haiti among the 140 touristic competitors in the world http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-8221-haiti-tourism-haiti-enters-in-the-global-tourism-competitiveness-ranking.html "This ranking shows that the tourism sector in Haiti, now gaining momentum. We are currently working according to the parameters taken into account by the World Economic Forum to improve our positioning."

"One of the best news occurred on the outskirts of this year was the decision of the U.S. Department of Defense to no longer consider the country as a country - Imminent Danger Zone - from June 2014. http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10249-haiti-tourism-the-tourism-minister-welcomes-the-decision-of-the-us-department-of-defense.html "We see in this decision the first results of continuous efforts of the Haitian government to improve the perception of the country internationally. We encourage the maintenance of a climate of stability in the country and encourage compatriots to join us in a new campaign. That to maintain, now, Haiti on the international tourism map."

Referring to the praise of the chain CNN about Abaka Bay beach that it had classified 57th position on a list of 100 most beautiful beaches in the world, http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-8680-haiti-tourism-abaka-bay-ranked-57th-most-beautiful-beach-in-the-world.html she indicated that this was the prestigious Fox News who had recently indicated in a brief article "The country overall seems to be in the midst of a comeback," and confirmed Haiti as a destination "GO" in 2014. Mentioning also the major story of 17 pages "Paradise that is reborn," dedicated to Haiti in the prestigious magazine "Conde Nast Traveler" (Spanish branch)

She recalled that Haiti was included as a destination in the holiday brochure printer at 1.2 million copies of the Canadian tour operator Transat, which bring each month tourists in Haiti, following the agreement reached with the Ministry in December 2012 http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10257-haiti-tourism-destination-haiti-transat-holidays-satisfied-with-its-first-year.html

According to the Minister "The goal now is to maintain these achievements and status, while continuing to improve the country's image internationally through our different lines of action. The latter revolve around the promotion of the destination, the Regulation of the sector, facilitation of Investments, Staff of Executives, Development of destinations and of tourist attractions that the country offers." She said that Haiti will be present in 2014, in about 14 international tourism fairs to promote the destination, 3 have already been made in January. http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-10352-haiti-tourism-haiti-present-in-the-second-largest-tourist-fair-in-the-world.html adding that holiday packages, "Weekend compass" and "Historic Weekend" were developed to attract tourists.

Finally, she announced the coming to Haiti in May, of a mission of Spanish investors to explore the opportunities in the Haitian tourism.

HL/ SL/ HaitiLibre

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