Haiti Tourism Advisory Council Seeks Public - Private Partnerships

The Ministry of Tourism in Haiti has succeeded in forming a Tourism Advisory Council (TAC), approved by an official government order issued on December 5, 2012. The tourism board, made up of public- and private-sector agencies and other tourism-related organizations, met for the first time on January 15, 2013.


Haiti Minister of Tourism (MOT) Stephanie Villedrouin is the chairwoman of the newly-conceived TAC. She presented TAC's mission with a wide-ranging agenda of goals, responsibilities, areas of interest, contracts, and application of a Master Plan.

The first agenda item of TAC aims at getting the government of Haiti (GOH) to allow MOT the opportunity to form partnerships with public and private tourist organizations to share knowledge and resources. TAC, Villedrouin explained, will bear responsibility for initiating proposals to overcome challenges while developing Haiti's tourism industry. This will involve creating policies and programs to make Haiti's history, cultural roots, and art-making sectors marketing tools in courting the tourist trade.

She also stated TAC "must ensure the implementation of our revised Master Plan" adding they must develop a set of best practices to keep MOT competitive in the tourist industry as well as review all agreements signed with third-parties. She informed TAC board members Haiti has been the signatory on a large volume of tourism agreements lately, particularly the governments of Ecuador and Mexico. This is a good beginning for the GOH and TAC, and encourages hopes Haiti's profile in the tourism industry will be raised significantly.

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