Haiti’s airports declared illegal
Several virtual travel agencies including the popular expedia have classified both Haiti’s international airports as illegal.
This decision is based on the latest violent street demonstrations with wide range acts of vandalism and violence.
Pierre Chauvet, an expert in travel and tourism told local radio station Magic 9 that this decision also cancels all hotel rooms and virtually erase Haiti as a tourist destination. According to Mr. Chauvet, it will take years to recover from this decision.
“With so many Online Travel Agencies (OTA) removing Haiti from their list of inventory (flights & lodging), as a result of the US travel alert level 4 – Do not travel (same as Afghanistan, Irak, Somali, etc.), I think all the efforts that have been made in the tourism sector over the past years are gone.
Whatever is the next chapter after this crisis, it may take us years, to put Haiti back on the world’d touristic map.
Until we find political stability and social justice, tourism will simply be a dream” says Carlo Chancelien, a travel and tourism expert at booking.com