Les Cayes Antoine-Simon Airport to Open South Region to Tourism

As part of a comprehensive initiative to bring more of the tourist trade to Haiti, Estrella contractors are building an annex to the Antoine-Simon Airport. Estrella, a Dominican Republic construction firm, will erect both a new terminal as well as a 3,000-meter airstrip. The government of Haiti (GOH) has commissioned the project to attract more tourism to the South Department.


On February 1, 2013, Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, placed the cornerstone of the terminal at a ground-breaking ceremony at Antoine-Simon Airport attended by representatives of the Les Cayes Mayor's Office, along with other government officials. In his remarks, Lamothe spoke of the GOH's wisdom in viewing the Haitian tourist industry as among the "promising sectors" for continued infrastructure development in the country. He added investing in Les Cayes with this expansion project will help the Haitian tourism industry produce many thousands of fresh jobs in the South Department.

The GOH seems committed to developing this part of the country's infrastructure. The recently re-built and largely improved Port-au-Prince International Airport was celebrated in 2012, and an incipient airport project in Ile à Vache is nearly shovel-ready.

Haiti Minister of Tourism Stephanie Villedrouin, who has been proactively and aggressively pursuing opportunities to increase tourist-trade business in Haiti, claims the Les Cayes renovated airport Antoine-Simon Airport will make the South Department widely accessible to tourists from out of the country. It is hoped the GOH will keep the momentum going with more such projects across the country.

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