March 4, 2013 | 6:45 pm | Print
Above: the signing ceremony last year (Photo: MT Haiti)
By the Caribbean Journal staff
A delegation of officials from Ecuador’s Ministry of Tourism has arrived in Haiti for a five-day visit to the country.
The trip comes in the context of a tourism cooperation agreement between the two countries in September in Quito signed by Haiti Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin and Ecuador Tourism Minister Freddy Ehlers.
Under the agreement, two sides will be cooperating on responsible tourism, the management of natural heritage sites, tourist destination certification and training and tourism legislation.
It is the first visit by Ecuadorian officials since the agreement last fall; this trip is aimed at learning about the “degree of development of tourism” in Haiti, according to a statement from Haiti’s Ministry of Tourism.
The delegation will visit natural and cultural sites in Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Cap Haitien and Jacmel over the course of the trip. The two sides will also hold a series of working meetings.
Haiti and Ecuador have ramping up their cooperation in areas beyond tourism in the last year, including military training and the treatment of disabled persons.
Haiti has also signed tourism agreements with Antigua and Mexico in the last year.