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Tourism will save Haiti

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2006 7:02 am
by KarenS
JENNIFER KAY
Associated Press
MIAMI - Imagine gazing at the Caribbean's turquoise waters from a hammock strung between two palm trees. The hotel chefs who offered either fresh lobster or shrimp for dinner will soon bring the dishes to the beach. Cocktails are quickly refreshed.

An ideal, relaxing vacation.

In Haiti.

That's the image a South Florida company wants travelers to have in mind when booking their next Caribbean getaway.

"Visit Haiti. Don't listen to what you see on the news," says Wilfrid Belfort of MWM & Associates in North Miami Beach. "Visit Haiti, because you are the only one who can save Haiti right now."

Recent news from Haiti does not promise relaxation: Gang violence and kidnappings have surged in the capital of the Western hemisphere's poorest country.

Belfort is asking travelers to look beyond the problems in Port-au-Prince and give the rest of the country a chance. His Haitian-American-owned company sees increasing tourism as Haiti's best chance to improve its crippled economy and finally achieve political stability - a plan Haiti's new president also proposed at a Florida tourism conference in June.

For the entire article by Jennifer Kay go <a href="http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/15203668.htm">here</a>