“The role of tourism as a vehicle for job creation, poverty reduction, economic growth and development is undeniable,” said the President of Haiti, Michel Joseph Martelly, on meeting Mr. Rifai and becoming the latest head of state to receive the UNWTO/World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Open Letter on Travel and Tourism.
The goal of the Haitian Government was to ensure tourism contributed to the “economic revival and stability” of Haiti, assured the President.
According to UNWTO figures, Haiti benefited from the growth of global tourism experienced last year. International tourist arrivals to Haiti resumed growth in 2011 after dropping by 34% in 2010 – a direct consequence of the earthquake.
“The strong rebound of international tourist arrivals following the earthquake demonstrates that tourism is perhaps our most viable option for the revitalization of Haiti’s economy,” said Mr. Rifai.
via – Travel Mole.