Tourism as driver of improved livelihoods in Haiti

Listen /

A man climbs up the steps of Sans-Souci Palace, a 200-year-old royal residence built by King Henri-Christophe of Haiti, near Cap-Haïtien. UN Photo/Victoria Hazou

Tourism can be as a driver of improved livelihoods in Haiti, according to the Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Haiti will host the next regional meeting of the UNWTO, which Taleb Rifai says reflects the Caribbean island's preparedness to seize the growing tourism momentum in the region.

The UN tourism agency notes that especially for the world's Small Island Developing States (SIDS), tourism has been singled out as a key activity for economic progress and social cohesion.

Haiti has reportedly managed to substantially increase tourism revenue, growing 32 per cent between 2012 and 2013.

UNWTO estimates that the Americas accounts for a 16 per cent share of international tourists worldwide, generating US$230 billion.

The meeting is scheduled for next May in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’01″

Filed under Today's News.
UN Radio Daily News Programme
UN Radio Daily News Programme
Updated at 1800 GMT, Monday to Friday
Loading the player ...

CONNECT

 

October 2017
M T W T F S S
« Sep    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031