Stephanie Villedrouin to Re-Shape the Image of Haiti

Minister of Tourism in Haiti, Stephanie Villedrouin, is on a whirl-wind tour of the U.S. and Canada in an effort to promote more tourism in Haiti. At the 14th Haitian Compas Festival in Miami, Florida, The Minister took the opportunity to showcase the Ministry of Tourism's (MOT) re-designed logo and tagline, emblazoned on T-shirts and sports caps, worn by the MOT representatives.

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Accompanying Minister Stephanie Villedrouin was her Cabinet and the Regional Directors of MOT, who used iPads to show the tourist attractions being readied for an anticipated influx of tourism to Haiti. More promotional tools to motivate the festival-goers included banners displayed inside MOT tents, showing montages of Haiti travel destinations and landmarks. Between musical acts on stage, MOT displayed the new logo on a huge screen to a crowd numbering more than 20,000.

Minister Stephanie Villedrouin interviewed with all the major media outlets of the Haitian Diaspora, visited the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce, and spoke about the need to make Haiti a cruise ship destination, with Carnival Cruise Line liaison Ted Martelly. Talks of building a stronger working relationship between the MOT and the Haitian Heritage Museum, in Miami, also took place. Minister Villedrouin's breath-taking schedule took her back to the Ministry of Haiti to finalize plans for tour guides to shuttle tourists to and from the Haiti Airport. Then it was onto New York and Montréal for more promotional events.

Many people conceive of Haiti as the Dominican Republic's poor relation. They think of the island in terms of scenes of devastation, transmitted globally after the 2010 earthquake. But Haiti is actually a beautiful Caribbean island that needs to be viewed and experienced as such.

Stephanie Villedrouin, Haiti, minister of tourism
Stephanie Villedrouin the Haitian Minister of Tourism is looking to make Haiti tourist attraction.

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