The Expedia group has revealed a significant expansion in the Haiti market in 2014, including increased travel demand, hotel partner acquisitions and a surge in mobile and package bookings for the burgeoning destination. With increased flight arrivals, new hotel and resort accommodations and a flourishing art and culinary scene, Haiti is quickly being recognised as a potential travel destination.
The ongoing process of recovery on the Caribbean island of Haiti has been given a boost following the unveiling of plans for a new hotel. Sponsored by Argentine entrepreneur Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster, the project was praised by former US president Bill Clinton who said a hotel network was “crucial” to the rebuilding process.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation will be working with the Jamaica Tourist Board and other regional tourism partners to rebuild the industry in Haiti following the devastation caused by the earthquake.
Former US president Bill Clinton has earmarked tourism as a key investment opportunity in rebuilding Haiti, saying it should be seen as a business opportunity and not aid. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Davos, he said the catastrophe offers a chance for the devastated nation to emerge from crippling poverty.
With the death toll of the Haiti earthquake expected to top 100,000, governments and aid agencies from around the world are working to channel personnel and supplies to the battered capital Port au Prince. The destitute nation’s most unprecedented natural disaster will also prove a bitter blow to the country’s tourism economy, just as it was poised to return from decades in the wilderness.
A new international airport and a pier to harbour the world’s largest cruise liner are among ambitious plans Haiti has laid out to revive its tourism economy following years of political turmoil that plunged the former French colony into abject poverty. The government has recently signed a US$30m deal with Venezuela for the construction of an international airport, whilst in December Royal Caribbean will start sending its flagship Oasis of the Seas on a weekly stopover.