A simple way to help tourism to Haiti

A few days ago, I was watching instagram stories and  saw alot of my favorite hair and beauty influencers posting from a press trip in the Dominican Republic. It prompted me to think something and of course post it on my stories. Let’s bring more tourism to Haiti!

This is absolutely NOT a dig but more an idea.

Wouldn’t it be grand if some of these summits, press trips, and retreats were held in Haiti? Yes, Haiti. My homeland and the island who paved the way for most of the islands to gain their independence. The natural hair movement prides itself on African roots, so why not celebrate on an island who has always stayed very close to its African roots.

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I will first say this. I have a hard time with the Dominican Republic and I have a very hard time with the amount of tourism we bring there. Dominican Republic is known for treating their darker skin natives as less than. All I can remember is the brutality they imposed on my fellow Haitians. All I can remember is the fact that they make Haitian artisans wait to sell their goods until the Dominicans have the chance to theirs. All I can remember is protesting with other fellow Haitians against their human rights wrongs. I hear Dominican Republic and I think of the island that still to this day treats darker skinned blacks poorly and the culture of evading being considered as Black. It is just hard for me. Yes I am biased.

So it dawned on me that I should raise awareness for maybe having a retreat in Haiti. It would be amazing to bring tourism to Haiti. I have not been home in decades and that is something that bothers me daily. To my defense though, I do not travel much.

I also want to say this: Haiti may be tough to work with. I do not know. But I would be shocked to find out if any of these companies ever tried. I have not done my research but I sure would love to once I have more time.

As far as the reason for these retreats in other Caribbean countries- I’m sure it is much easier to keep going to the SAME islands out of simplicity. I am sure tourism is just easier in those countries. But sometimes, it is ok to go past a simple google search and maybe ask around? I pray that this post helps these companies the next time they are searching for an island to host their retreat.

I am in full support of tourism to Haiti.

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Check out my instagram feed for the nitty gritty as to the editing of this photo and the importance behind this photo for me.

I also write this because most Black Americans have no clue of Haiti’s rich history and its important role in helping abolish slavery.  All you ever hear is how poor my homeland is or how disease infested. You never, ever hear about the United States conning them out of money or France not paying back money. You never hear about its rich resources or its positive impact on the United States.

Shortly after posting on my stories about this, I did receive an email from a Haitian tourism company. Once the wedding and school are finished, I really want to research and possibly plan a blogger trip to my country. We often see natives going back to visit but rarely do we see enough of others visiting and I would like to change this.

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So I ask…….

Would you like to come home with me?

You have a chance this October. Click the link above for more information!

If you are a brand looking for resources, please see a list towards the end of this post.

Outfit Details

Jumpsuit: JustFab

 

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Resources to help with tourism in Haiti

Embassy of Haiti

L’Union Suite

Experience Haiti

Lonely Planet: Haiti

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2 Comments

  1. Claudia
    June 15, 2018 / 11:42 am

    Such a good idea Jen!

    Yes, I imagine travel companies (and travelers) utilize the same places b/c they are familiar. Even if someone hasn’t been there, well travelled places will have reviews, posts, recommendations etc. from others, which can help take away the uncertainty of travelling.. But a little uncertainty is not a bad thing, and travelling is about exploring something new.

    Can’t wait to see how you explore this more….. As Mary always tells me”Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

  2. June 19, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Jen, I love this post and I love your Instagram feed. I too am Haitian and still very much so feel a certain way about the DR. I was in Haiti earlier this year and it was an absolute dream! Our history, our culture, our food, our people….GIRL don’t get me started lol. And although we have some ways to go in some areas (like many other countries), Haiti has so much to offer. Definitely looking forward to your possible blogger trip to Haiti 🙂

    All the best,
    Naïka Joviane