Travel and Tourism

Haiti has great potential for tourism. It is considered a great destination in the Caribbean but travelers still stay away. There are efforts being made to improve and revive the tourism industry

American Airlines to start flying to Cap-Haitian in September

Haitian President Michel Martelly has announced that American Airlines will start flying to Cap-Haitian, comes September 2014. This announce was made during the inauguration of his political party, Party Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK).

As the work of improving the second Airport in Haiti is going on, including the expansion of the arrival room. According to Mr. Jean Joseph Larosiliere who has been in charge of the project to improve Cap-Haitian Airport, we will be able to welcome airplanes carrying over 200 passengers.

I can already see tourism booming in Cap-Haitian, Hotels business taking off, those historic sites in the north being visited

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Expedia Lodging Services visiting members of the hospitality industry in Haiti

Representatives of the American-based company Expedia Lodging Services that serves several global online travel brands including,,, trivago, Egencia and more is currently in Haiti to evaluate the tourist potential of the island.

The multi national, mega tourist promoter around the world will be in Haiti from April 21 to 24, touring Hotel and resorts such as Best Western, Karibe Hotel, Hotel Royal Oasis, El Rancho, Prince Hotel, Le Plaza, Wahoo Bay, Club Indigo, Moulin sur Mer and Kaliko Beach club before including them into their list of recommended hotels and resorts.

Founded as a division of Microsoft in 1996 and later purchased by TicketMaster, Expedia serves several global online travel brand and operate more than 100 branded points of sale in more than 60 countries. During their visit in Haiti, they intends to get additional information about these hotels, the Haitian culture and tourist sites within the country that will allow them to present Haiti as a tourist destination package to their online visitors.

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Hilton to open its first hotel in Haiti, 150 rooms Hilton Garden Inn

If there is one sector of hope in Haiti, we all have to agree it is in its Hotel. After Oasis Hotel, Best Western Premier hotel which opened in Port-au-Prince's Petion-Ville suburb in the spring of 2013, Marriott hotel which is set to open in 2015, now it is the turn of a major hotel chain to announce that it is also interested in Haiti. Hilton has signed an agreement to open its first hotel in Haiti.

Tedd Middleton, vice president of development for Hilton World Wide America, signed an agreement on Thursday to open a 150 rooms Hilton Garden Inn in Port-au-Prince. The Haiti Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, who was present at the signing ceremony, took the opportunity to invite other business people around the world to come to Haiti and invest as well. As he often stated, the prime Minister said that "Haiti is moving forward to attract investment". Hilton Garden is expected to be open in Haiti in 2016.

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U.S. State Dept. Haiti Travel Warning, March 13, 2014

On March 13, 2014, the U.S Department of State has renewed their living and travel warning to the U.S citizens in Haiti. This alert is an updated version of their previous travel warning dated August 13, 2013, issued at a time when the violent crime in Haiti is fading.

The warning, instead, has given much emphasis on Haiti's weak emergency response infrastructure. Although hundreds of U.S citizens have safely visited Haiti in recent past, it is a fact that there are many others who have fallen prey of poor medical infrastructure, victims of violent crime like kidnapping and homicide in and around Port-au- Prince with meager emergency response network. In December 2013, the U.S embassy was reported of six robbing cases of U.S citizens who were robbed shortly after they landed at the airport of the Haitian capital.

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Sunrise Airways and BVI Airways become Partners

On February 10, 2014, Sunrise Airways and BVI Airways have announced that they have entered a 'Subservice Flight Operations Agreement'. It is an agreement that gives contractors necessary flexibility in rendering services. It gives them permission to increase working capacity and authority to enhance skills and knowledge. A subcontractor can employ additional workforce or expand business on fixed term basis. Sunrise Airways has obtained the BVI Foreign Operators Permit with 'Seventh Freedom Rights' approval. 'Seventh Freedom Rights' is the right to carry passengers or cargo between two foreign countries without any continuing service to one's own country.

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Petion-Ville Best Western Luxury Hotel's Successful Launch

The Best Western Premier Hotel in Petion-Ville is enjoying a successful first year. Opened in April 2013, its occupancy rate has averaged over 70%. Corporate travelers make up approximately 85% of accommodations, and are pleased Port-au-Prince can offer them a first-class experience.

Regional Director for Best Western, Tom Osborn, reports operations have had a few bumps in the road, generally with training the staff. But he added this is to be expected, and has not harmed the brand, because media coverage has been positive, especially in regards to the indigenous art incorporated into the hotel's amenities.

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New Hotel Villa Therese Hotel in Petion-Ville

Haiti can boast some of the best looking hotels within the region, a feat made even more impressive following the slow, though admirably steady, state of recovery after the 2010 earthquake. With the opening of the new Villa Therese Hotel, the country is one step closer to reclaiming the tourist charm the government so desperately desires.

The beautiful new property, located in the neighborhood of Petionville, opened its doors in the latter part of 2013. The area in Port-au-Prince has seen a swell of hotels since 2012. This addition, found on Rue Leon, adds to a list including the Best Western Premier, the Royal Oasis and the NH El Rancho. It is a fully equipped hotel with 23 rooms, all with full-sized beds, private bathrooms with air conditioning and cable TV. On the property are scenic gardens and a swimming pool. Adding to the convenience of the charming hotel, free Wi-Fi and an in-situ Haitian cuisine restaurant are offered.

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Plane made Emergency landing in Banana Field near Cabaret

An airplane from Broward County went down Wednesday night just outside of Cabaret, Haiti. The plane made an emergency landing in a field of bananas in Haiti.

According to Haitian authority, it was a small, private plane piloted by American pilot Practor Antoine. The pilot received some injuries and was treated in a Hospital in Port-au-Prince.

Only one passenger of the airplane named John Michael was mentioned. He received no injuries.

The emergency landing was due to mechanical problems

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On the "To go or not to go Places" Haiti is now on "To Go" List

Based on a study done annually, publishes an annual list of countries to go to enjoy or or to avoid, last year Haiti was listed among the countries in the world to avoid. Guess what! this year Haiti is on the "To Go" list.

What are the reasons for Haiti to move from the list of the countries to avoid to the countries to go to within just one year?

The main reason is that Haiti has become a country with the capacity to welcome foreign visitors

The recent efforts in the area of tourism start paying dividend for Haiti and its economy

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InterCaribbean Airways flights from Providenciales (PLS) to Cap Haitien

It has now been made that much easier for visitors from the Turks and Caicos Islands to come to Haiti, or, it will soon be following the announcement of new flight packages linking the two countries through Turks and Caicos' Providenciales' airport (PLS) and Haiti's Cap Haitien airport (CAP) that was made recently. The new flights, onboard the airline formerly known as Air Turks & Caicos, now interCaribbean Airways, will start operations on the 20th of January next year.

The new venture came out of a series of meetings between representatives from Haiti's Tourism Ministry and officials from interCaribbean Airways after an initial meeting in Las Vegas in October where the nascent idea was discussed. The concept was developed to include packages that would allow Turks and Caicos residents, visitors and Haitian citizens the opportunity for a day trip that would include departure from their initial destination in the morning and a return afternoon flight. The Cap Haitien location will enable them a scenic tour of one of Haiti's most renowned historical sites, the Citadel, as well as afford the visitors a tour of the cultural aspects of Northern Haiti, including the gastronomic delight to be found in the local cuisine.

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