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Haiti - Economy : Relaunch of the tourism sector, a great opportunity for Haiti, but...
21/11/2011 12:04:44

Haiti - Economy : Relaunch of the tourism sector, a great opportunity for Haiti, but...
According to the latest report from the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), Haiti has a great opportunity to promote tourism, as a sector generator of jobs, welfare and development for local communities, taking advantage of the process of reconstruction.

The report indicates that Haiti has natural resources, beaches and a climate comparable to the popular tourist destinations of the Caribbean in addition to a very rich culture very "singular", envied by other countries of tehe region. he UN agency believes that public institutions and the private sector must develop a tourism strategy, which takes into account the land use, the infrastructure, agricultural development, technology and training.

The report also highlights the necessity of building a brand image for Haiti, "which currently has the lowest figures in terms of tourism in the countries of the Caribbean where there are interesting opportunities" recalling that the countries of the Caribbean, received more than 20 million tourists (2% of world total), which generated $ 24 billion of revenue (2.5% of global revenues). 64% of tourist arrivals occur mostly in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas and Puerto Rico, countries, which despite the crisis, maintained their tourism growth in 2010.

However, in Haiti, many sectors deplore the fact that the true signs of rebuilding are always invisible. The National Palace and the ministries are still on the ground, schools, universities and churches were not rebuilt, the road network is in a deplorable situation, airports and inadequate hotel infrastructure and the insecurity remains a real obstacle. As many aspects which temper the enthusiasm of a relaunch of tourism sector in the short term even if to medium and long-term all the hopes are possible for Haiti. While waiting the country returns "The Pearl of the Antilles," as pointed out Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, the Haitian Minister of Tourism last week in Montreal "In the short term, it is clear that our primary market is the Haitian diaspora. It is this type of tourism, that we can develop for the moment in Haiti [...]"

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