Campaigners have come together to urge tourists to rediscover the tropical delights of Haiti as it recovers from a devastating earthquake that killed more than 300,000 people two years ago.
They say that the Caribbean island is set to regain its place as a top destination, following a successful programme of rebuilding by the government. More than a million people were made homeless by the disaster, mainly in the capital Port-au-Prince.
The campaigners, who are UK-based Haitians and their supporters, have posed a series of questions about the return of international tourism. Among them is whether or not Britain and other countries in Europe will work side by side with the Haitian people as fair trading partners. They also want Haitian leaders to make sure that profits from tourism will be fairly shared out and used to make the country a better place. They want to avoid exploitation by the West.
South east London-based teacher Mario Gousse, who grew up in Haiti, told The-Latest: “I hope that tourists return to my country because it is a wonderful destination where the people are as warm as the weather. This is a great opportunity for everyone to get involved in information-sharing and discussion about Haiti’s future.”
He added: “People never know, they might themselves end up getting involved in Haitian tourism. It is an important time to do business in Haiti and help its population in the process.”
Supporters include leading academic Dr Hugues Seraphin, a lecturer at Kingston University, who chaired a meeting of campaigners in Camden, north London, last week.
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