Just like the rather quick recovery of Indonesia’s Aceh Province after the 2004 Asian tsunami, former US president Bill Clinton believes that tourism to Haiti should be a key investment opportunity in the country’s recovery, and it should be seen as a key business opportunity and not aid.
Clinton has launched an appeal to business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He said the catastrophe could turn out to be an opportunity for the nation to emerge from generations of grinding poverty.
Last year, about 800,000 tourists visited Haiti, bringing a much needed boost to the impoverished nation. [BTN]
While many were quick to condemn Royal Caribbean for docking their ships immediately following the quake, cruise lines are sure to play an essential role in the revitalization of the nation.