"We must reshape the airport in Cap Haitien to facilitate access to the area to more tourists," it is in these terms as United Nations envoy, Bill Clinton, spoke at Labadie During a visit to this resort.
Stressing the importance of improving infrastructure, he stressed the need to rehabilitate the road linking Labadie International Airport Cap Haitien so Labadie become a major tourist destination, not exclusively reserved for cruise passengers.
In this visit, Bill Clinton was accompanied by Richard Fain, CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Adam Goldstein, president of Royal Caribbean International. In local authorities were present: Kelly Bastien, president of the Senate, Patrick Delatour, minister of Tourism, Leslie Voltaire, former Minister for Haitians Living Abroad and head of Liaison Office in Haiti with that of the Special Envoy.
Were also part of the delegation: Hedi Annabi, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Haiti, and Kim Bolduc, Resident Representative of UNDP Resident Coordinator and United Nations in Brazil.
Before Labab, the delegation visited National Historic Park where she visited the Palace of Sans Souci in the context of exploring avenues for investment in this region. The value of this park will maximize the tourism offer for many cruise calling at Labadie.
Apart from the Palace of Sans Souci, the National Historical Park includes the Citadel Henry Christophe and the fortified site of Rami Milot which covers a total area of 27 km2. These monuments whose construction began in the early nineteenth century have become World Heritage of UNESCO since 1982.
And in this context, the Ministry of Tourism briefed the delegation members of the Tourism Master Plan (TDP), which contains priority investment projects in the region. They are focused on the possibility of in cruise to visit the Citadel, among others.
"The Tourism Master Plan is an option very viable investment that we submit to their discretion", said Patrick Delatour, minister of Tourism. He took the opportunity to sketch the outline of the project.
In 1996, the department he heads has retained the Northern Department as a priority tourism zone in its Tourism Master Plan, the document of national tourism development. Justified such a decision by the arrival each year more than 400,000 tourists aboard cruise Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. on the beach at Labadie. Each passenger receives a state tax of $ 6. The amount could increase if tourism is diversified, he said.
And already, it is expected from December 2009 a significant increase in tourist traffic. On each trip, three times a week, cruises take you 6.360 tourists at a time - instead of 4,375 as is the case now - following an increase in vessel capacity.
The number of tourists per year pass 600,000-so since early 2006 - to one million from December. Also, a review of PDT was it needed in 2008 to optimize the capacity of infrastructure.
Among other actions already undertaken, the construction in 2008 of a wharf that will allow the docking of new vessels. The book is co-financed to the tune of 45 million U.S. dollars by the government of Haiti and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., each party must pay 50% of that amount.
The circuit provided in the Plan will facilitate the tourists to visit the Royal Caribbean both the Palace of Sans-Souci, Citadelle Henry Christophe and fortified site of Ramiers in Milot.
To make the circuit operational, PDT involves the construction of a scenic route of 50 km connecting the Bay Acul in Milot, whose estimated cost is 50 million U.S. dollars. Paved with stones, to present an aspect similar to that between the Sans Souci Palace and the Citadel, this road should be accompanied by a landscaping upgrades the habitat and the natural environment.
The plan for the National Historical Park
According to the projections of site managers resort of Labadie, we can expect a number of visitors to the Park, equivalent to about 20% of cruise passengers, or 1,300, three times a week, from December 2009.
Taking into account these estimates, PDT involves the construction of a shelter and a new system to transport tourists to the Citadel. This site is located in the heights of Milot, there is provided a train of 4 or 5 cars that can accommodate 15 people. borrow another far less steep road up to a certain extent. From here a funicular take over by depositing visitors at the entrance to the Citadel.
This new mode of transportation will organize tours not only equestrian or pedestrian to the Citadel, as at present, but also motorized, and this in order to make the site accessible to the elderly or living with a disability physics.
Performances are planned infrastructure attractions along the route include: a gazebo, an amphitheater and a projection room, providing information on the park. Is also provided for a restaurant that can accommodate between 200 and 300 people in an area of about 700 square meters. Major attractions are also planned at the Citadel.
The estimated cost of this work will be 10 million U.S. dollars. Work that the department would complete in late 2010.
Project center of Sans Souci
Another project planned within the framework of the recovery sites of the National Park, the construction of a shelter at the entrance of the Palais Royal. This is in order, first, improving health conditions and visitor and secondly, protecting and maintaining the heritage monument.
It will include a public car park with an area of 11.440 square meters for 54 vehicles, 12 tourist buses, surface traffic, green space and a toilet block.
In addition, it will have a multifunctional space of 3.650 square meters comprising a first plot in the cultural (theater, music, dance, among others) and another plot to serve as exhibit booth and selling products craft.
Thirdly, a reception pavilion of 2,400 square meters is planned with ramps, stairs and magisterial courts, central patio exposure and ambulatory around the model of Park. Projection rooms 60, 40 and 20 seats are also provided and a library, ticketing, gift shop and a café terrace. To complete the work, it will build a hospital room with parking for ambulance and a management office with parks and gardens. The estimated cost of this sub-project is U.S. $ 9, 994.900.
If the prospects for financing and construction of infrastructure above the Park materialize, a revival of economic importance in the area would follow. The potential market would be composed not only foreign visitors but to local customers and visitors from the Diaspora. These are motivated to discover or rediscover a heritage that belongs to them, this time, adequately equipped.
Editors: Vincenzo Pugliese
Edition: Hugo Merveille