Tourism Development Plan of Jacmel, "Destination Jacmel"

The Haitian Minister of Tourism, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, and the greater government council continue the efforts to rebrand the country as a leading tourist destination within the Caribbean and the wider Western Hemisphere. Past projects to achieve this end have included a push from the tourism minister for a Caribbean airline, and efforts to revitalize Île à Vache. Most recently they have turned their sights to the restoration and rebranding of Jacmel.


With its prominent history and the remnants of this still present in the 19th century buildings, some of which were badly damaged by the 2010 earthquake, the southern town, founded in 1698, has been informally considered as a World Heritage site. Its fame is tied to its historical involvement in the War of Knives, and in the creation of the flag of Venezuela.

These considerable selling points will be included in the overall plan for development, with emphasis placed on the city center, described as the 'heart of the coast of Jacmel'. Giving new life to the communities surrounding the city center and re-invigorating streets such as Ste-Anne and Commerce are also high priorities.

Also on the short-list for this project are the plans to, as outlined by the administration:
Already in progress
• Construct a promenade to include and amphitheater
• Construct an 800 person Convention Center
• Reconstruct the Hotel Jacmelienne
• Construct a public square
• Protect the city from floods
• Extend the airport runway (1,700m)
• Construct a landfill
• Construct a waste water treatment plant
• Improve the drinking water system in the urban core of Jacmel

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