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G Adventures leads the way: Tourism returns to Haiti in 2015

July 22, 2014 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

G Adventures is leading the return of tourism to Haiti with the launch of five departures starting in February 2015, five years after a devastating earthquake shook the world’s largest creole country.

The launch of the itineraries is a result of G Adventures working closely with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to assess and report on Haiti’s tourism potential. The company has worked with the IDB in the past, through the non-profit organisation, Planeterra, in developing community-based projects to support local economies in Central and South America.

Belinda Ward, Duchess of Delegation for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand says she is excited that Haiti is ready for the return of tourism.

“Haiti is a country full of amazing people who are really looking to move on from the tragedy in 2010. We are proud to be offering our travellers the opportunity to not only meet the people of Haiti but also experience their world-class art and culture, real-time history and stunning beaches.”

“Bringing travellers to Haiti to experience this culture and spend locally will help Haiti to fully recover. All our suppliers are locally-based which means our travellers can return home knowing their money will stay in the country and they have been a force for good,” explained Belinda.

G Adventures’ return to the country is timely, as Haiti has just opened its first tourism office and is looking to rebuild the country’s reputation as an attractive tourist destination.

“We know that there will be many Australian and New Zealand travellers who will jump at the opportunity to visit Haiti,” said Belinda.

G Adventures will offer 10-day Highlights of Haiti trip which is available to book now and is priced from $2499pp, excluding flights.

Highlights include Cap-Haïtien and its famous Citadelle Laferrière, a UNESCO-designated mountaintop fortress, learning all about rum at a local distillery, making the local kasav flat bread, meeting a voodoo priest and shopping for voodoo artefacts at the Iron Market.  Travellers will also visit a local grassroots project, the Art Creation Foundation for Children, which helps at-risk youth learn artistic skills, and see local artist communities make famous mosaics. Nature-lovers will enjoy visiting the turquoise Bassin-Bleu pools to cliff-dive and swim, and the Marie-Jeanne cave to discover underground landscapes and massive caverns.

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