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Haiti - FLASH : The tourist sector at the lowest
15/07/2019 10:59:15

Haiti - FLASH : The tourist sector at the lowest
Since 2018, violent socio-economic unrest and riots have led to the exit of Haiti from the international tourist map and its blacklisting of international tour operators, reducing to almost nothing years of effort and hard work that allowed to put Haiti on the map of tourist destinations....

"Suspensions, flight reductions of several airlines, Air Canada hhttps://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27046-haiti-flash-air-canada-suspends-flights-for-2-months-between-montreal-and-port-au-prince.html ; Air Transat; JetBlue https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27030-haiti-social-jet-blue-reduces-the-frequency-of-some-of-its-flights.html ; Delta Air Lines, Air Caraïbes... cancellations of several hundred bookings of travelers to Haiti, hotel attacks, cancellation of tour operator Boomerang of all departures to his Holiday Club 4 star Coralia on the Côte des Aracadins https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26950-haiti-tourism-hard-blow-for-haiti-and-the-development-of-the-haitian-tourism-sector.html , travel alerts to the maximum of United States https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26948-haiti-flash-usa-raises-to-maximum-travel-advisory-levels-for-haiti.html ; Travelers Alert in Canada https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-26909-haiti-notice-advise-and-advisories-for-canadian-travelers.html and in France https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28140-haiti-travelers-notice-france-calls-for-the-utmost-caution.html , are some of the consequences of this crisis fueled by the radical opposition for more than a year..."

More than 5 months after being blacklisted by tour operators and despite a timid return from Haiti to online platforms, reservations are still waiting, the hotel room occupancy rate and bookings airline ticket are at the lowest...

Despite the reduction of the alert level from 4 to 3 in the United States https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27964-haiti-flash-traval-warning-usa.html the average hotel occupancy rate at the level national would be of the order of 3 to 4% according to Marie Christine Stephenson, the Minister of Tourism who nevertheless believes that reducing the level of alert by American is a good signal for the diaspora while recognizing that the situation remains fragile as long as there will be no definitive political solution to the crisis, which will have a direct impact on security in the country...

Marie-France Petoia, President of the Haitian Association of Travel Agencies, does not share the optimism of the Minister saying that she sees no sign of precursors of a significant return of the diaspora.

Richard Buteau, owner of several hotels in the metropolitan area is not optimistic in the short term, recalling "In 2018, the occupancy rate of rooms around 40 to 50% against 10% this year on average."

On the Côte des Arcadins, even gloomy, for the month of June, nearly 70% fewer customers compared to last year because of blocked roads, insecurity and for some hotels their inability to pay the salary of their staff...

Raina Forbin, the President of the Tourism Association of Haiti (ATH) confirms that the month of June was bad, but she hopes an improvement in July and August with the country holidays very much appreciated by the diaspora in particular, a prudent diaspora, which is starting to be rarer...

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