Haiti - Tourism : Tourism Partnership Project between Haiti and the French Antilles
Stéphanie Balmir-Villedrouin presented its tourism development strategy oriented towards a tourist offer of quality based on the historical heritage, but also its cultural heritage alive. The Minister of Tourism deplored the fact that, following the earthquake, potential tourists and the foreign tourism professionals have a negative image, but false, of the situation of his country, which affects its tourist attractiveness.
The two Ministers wish to encourage the implementation of a partnership between the Republic of Haiti and the French Antilles to develop tourism on these territories who may be based among other on the new air link between the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport and the French Antilles launched in November 2011.
In this perspective, Frédéric Lefebvre suggested that the CEO of Atout France, Christian Mantei, pays a visit end of March in the Republic of Haiti for a mission to accompany the revival of tourism in this country. On this occasion, Christian Mantei will study in conjunction with Guadeloupe and Martinique, the possibilities of establishing joint tourist offers, for example regarding cruises, which may be presented in September at the next show "IFTM Top Résa".
The two Ministers welcomed the future strengthening of ties between the two countries in tourism, which is part of the aid that France provided for the reconstruction of Haiti. They said : "Haiti and the French Antilles must rely on their recognized strengths, including the living heritage, to develop a joint tourist offer in the Caribbean and jointly improve their attractiveness among new tourists, especially of emerging countries."
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