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08/12/2011 15:54:25

Haiti - Tourism : Minister of tourism and Venezuelan investors visit Jacmel
The Haitian Minister of Tourism, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin made a visit this Wednesday, December 7, 2011 in Jacmel, at the head of a delegation composed of Haitian Ambassador to Venezuela David Lesly and nine Venezuelan investors, especially, the airport architect Mr. Hilman, the millionaire Ran Cohen, president of Duty Free Americas, owners of airline and experts in cold cold storage as well as experts in the development of tourist excursion and professional in tourist port.

During her visit in the metropolis of the South East, the Minister of Tourism has announced that the Venezuelan government has about $30 million to of make the city of Jacmel a real pole of tourist destination. "This funding should invest in the expansion of the airport of the city in order to transform it into an international airport and the redevelopment of the tourist port of Jacmel to accommodate cruise ships," said Stéphanie Villedrouin.

These investors after exploring the potential of the city of Jacmel, are willing to invest in several disciplines, particularly in the construction of cold storage in order to retrieve the food and fruit to supply the region, including the tourism sector, the hotel sector and others.

The tourism minister in Haiti, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, points out that the Department of South-East, including Jacmel is one of the priority areas that can develop the tourism sector in the country. The number one of tourism in Haiti reiterated the the willingness of the government of Joseph Michel Martelly to accompany the local and international private sectors to move forward the tourism across the country.

David Lesly the Haitian Ambassador to Venezuela, suggested that this existing relationship between Haiti and Venezuela will encourage more investors to come and invest throughout Haiti. The Haitian diplomat recalled that one of its missions is to sell a positive image of his country abroad. The representative of the Haitian government to Venezuela wishes that the Haitian authorities have land, in order to facilitate the realization of projects of investors and to create a climate conducive in the market vis-à-vis the latter.

The regional director of tourism in the Sud'est, Johanne Dithnie Raton recently installed to this position, declared that the visit of the Venezuelan delegation will benefit for the city of Jacmel. The head of tourism in the region indicated that the bottom of the city of Jacmel, considered as the city's historic center is part of one of the target areas of these investors and also is a priority for the Ministry of Tourism.

The delegation, accompanied by the Departmental Delegate of Sud'est, Pierre Michel Lafontant, the first senator of Sud'est, Edwin Daniel Zenny and regional police officers, had the opportunity during this visit than twenty four hours to visit the airport of the city, the port and several hotels. This cooperation is part of a friendly relationship between these countries, especially for the important role played by Haiti in the independence of Venezuela.

HL/ Claudy Bélizaire

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