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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

U.S. State Department issued new Travel Warning to Haiti

Citing an increase in the crime level in Haiti, especially in regards to Americans living in or visiting the country, the U.S. State Department has issued a notice, replacing the last advisory on the subject made on December 28, 2012, informing the concerned parties on this subject.

Adding to the bill is the concern over inadequate infrastructure, limited, seasonal protection from the police and harsh weather. There is also the issue of the inefficient medical institutions, though safety and security remains the first concern.

While the warning does not dissuade Americans from visiting Haiti outright, the message is conveyed clearly enough in the picture painted by words and phrases describing the many murders, robberies, kidnappings and other violent crimes, especially within the scope of the Port-au-Prince area. The advisory goes on to mention a recent robbery of two U.S. citizens shortly after disembarking their flight to Haiti and leaving the airport.

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U.S. State Department Warns American citizens to exercise caution during their visits to Haiti

The U.S. State Department issued on August 13, 2013 a new warning to all American citizens who live or want to come to Haiti due to security issue in the country. This new warning is to replace the previous warning issued on 28 December 2012.

The New U.S. State Department travel warning strongly encourages American citizens to exercise caution during their visits to Haiti. American citizens have been victims of violent crimes, including murders and kidnappings, primarily around the Haitian Capital.

The warning noted reasons such as high level of crime, lack of adequate infrastructure and medical institutions, severe weather and seasonal limited police protection.

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Cormier Plage near Cap-Haitian

The vast and beautiful Atlantic Ocean greets you on one side with a pristine, unpolluted beach to beckon you into its shallows. On the other side is a teeming, voluminous botanical garden, overflowing with exotic plants, flowers and trees. One of 34 copious, airy guest rooms opens up to you; modestly elegant furnishings and perks like a spacious bathroom, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning make you already glad you came. Then comes the clincher... a walk-out balcony facing the sea and garden that had been beckoning to you since you first arrived.

This is the type of magic the Cormier Plage Hotel and Resort enlists to give its patrons a most wonderful stay. Located so advantageously, it could almost be called the cynosure of Haiti's north coast, Cormier Plage could easily be used as the starting point for a drove of other vacations in nearby Labadee, Cap-Haitien, Amiga Island and more.

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Millions in Private Investment to make Haiti Tourist Magnet

The government of Haiti (GOH) wants to rebuild the island by developing its hospitality infrastructure to increase tourism. Haiti, at one time, had a thriving tourist industry, but the 2010 earthquake changed all that. Now GOH is banking on foreign investors to resuscitate Haiti's ailing tourist trade. It has signed contracts with private investors, giving them tax breaks over a 15-year period to develop resort projects. To sweeten the deal, GOH is also extending exemptions for import duties, so 11 hospitality projects can be given the go-ahead. The total sum of the proposed projects amounts to $160 million USD. Another $100 million in in-progress ventures is also on the books.

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Inauguration of tourist reception in Milot in the town of Choiseul

In hot pursuit of the title of 'Tourism Destination of the Caribbean' for the country he is president of, Michel Martelly and his tourism minister Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin were on site at Milot in the northern town of Choiseul recently to witness the inauguration of a major tourist reception structure.

With Cap-Haitien 12 miles to the north, Milot is the site of Haiti's most loved and well-known landmarks, the Citadelle Laferrière. Chosen as one of the many sites to profit from the new push to Haitian tourism by creating more tourist reception centers across the country, the investment made at Milot is a great contribution to the attraction of expeditions to the National Historical Park.

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Sunrise Airways to Bring More Tourism to Haiti

Cap Haitien is about to get an uptick in tourism this summer. Sunrise Airways, a new airliner, has submitted an application to Turk and Caicos Islands (TCI) Air Transport Licensing Authority (ATLA) to ferry passengers between Providenciales and Cap Haitien International Airports (IA).

Sunrise Airways' application must be made public to permit competing air-passenger carriers to make objections. If objections are made, a hearing will be held to determine their validity. The outcome of the hearing will be the deciding factor to either approve or refuse the air carrier an operating license. If no one raises objections, the application will proceed through the review process and sign-offs more quickly. TCI ATLA Director, Tom Swann, has reported to the news media he is not aware of any objections to Sunrise Airways' planned service route.

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JetBlue Airways Offering Affordable Fares and Non-stop Service to Haiti

JetBlue Airways is beginning non-stop service to Haiti from two U.S. international airports in December. It will be offering trips from both Fort Lauderdale and JFK to Port-au-Prince daily. The two new service routes have been added to encourage the Haitian Diaspora in these states to visit their homeland more often.

Haiti's economy has been dependent on remittances coming from the Diaspora, on average one billion dollars annually. Remittances make up 25% of Haiti's Gross Domestic Product. Motivating the Diaspora to visit more frequently will raise their awareness of Haiti's struggles to recover from the 2010 earthquake. And how their travel dollars--in addition to remittances--can help while the government of Haiti (GOH) improves their performance in handling outstanding donor-aid money.

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Engine fire and crash of Brazilian Air Force plane in Haiti

A Brazilian Air Force plane crashes at Toussaint Louverture International airport in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The airplane involved in the accident is marked Força Aérea Brasileira and is part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

Boeing B707 was carrying the fifth rotation of the 17th Brazilian contingent.

According to Haitian authorities, the Brazilian military plane Força Aérea Brasileira veered onto the grass next to the runway after one engine caught fire as the aircraft was taking off. As the engine was caught on fire, the landing gear became disabled. Fire crews were able to put out the fire.

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New cruiseline "Quantum of the Seas" to go to Labadee

Royal Caribbean's brand new cruise line, Quantum of the Seas, is proving to be the true measure of all sea-faring vacation liners. Like the Titanic, a hundred and one years before it, this new cruise ship boasts the sort of amenities and capabilities only conjured up before in fevered, hallucinatory dreams. Not set to make its maiden voyage until 2014, Quantum will, no doubt, end the similarities with the doomed ocean-liner at the point of ambitious scope.

Set to be outfitted with all the regulars expected and depended upon in a Royal Caribbean (RC) cruise-liner, Quantum will also boast skydiving, simulated by the use of air pressure, bumper cars and a 300 feet bird's eye lookout called The North Star. RipCord (skydiving) will utilize strong winds to essentially float the brave up into the air. It's a feature that has been offered at various land-based parks, but this will be a first for the 'high' seas. The North Star, described by the execs of RC as an 'observation capsule' is said to be a sea-bound replica of the London Eye. It can hold at any one time 14 of the over 4,100 passengers on board and gives them an unprecedented view of the sites around them.

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Bassin Zim Legend and Reality

Bassin Zim, little-known treasure of Haiti, sits along Central Plateau, eight kilometers away from Hinche. It contains waterfalls, coves, and caves. The falls tumble down in white-clouded streams to four azure coves below: Candelabra, Arc-en-ciel, Bassin Zim, and Wells. Implanted within each cove are colonies of caves lined with mineral rocks. Some contain artwork by indigenous Taino Indians before immigration and colonization began.

Considered a spiritual oasis for seekers of nirvana, it is rumored healing here manifests later in positive events in believers' lives. Those who can weather the daunting trek to Bassin Zim are rewarded by an almost unearthly scene of beauty.

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