mardi, janvier 28, 2014

Haiti is now a “Go” country.

The Travel Section of has placed Haiti on its “Go List”. In an article published today on their website, the popular travel guides says: This year, we are thrilled to change the country’s status to “Go,”. Fox News cites Haiti’s recent foray into international tourism that resulted in new flight service to Port-au-Prince from New York City and Fort Lauderdale via JetBlue.
The Martelly-Lamothe Administration has placed tourism at the top of their priority list to revamp the Country’s economy. Several touristic initiatives are underway including an ambitious project on the island of Ile à Vache in southern Haiti.

Several major international hotel chains have also returned to Haiti–the Best Western Premier Petion-Ville opened in December 2013, and according to this article by Fox News, the Royal Oasis, owned by Occidental Hotel & Resorts, is also a new addition. Marriott International has also started construction in the Port-au-Prince area and is expected to open a new hotel in 2015.
Last year, The United States Department of Defense removed Haiti from their list of “at risk” country proving that the country has made great strides in several areas including security. Haiti’s National Police recently created a special unit to protect and guide tourists. The State Department has also acknowledged that hundreds of thousands of U.S. citizens safely visit Haiti each year.
By Ed Lozama