October, 24 2016
The Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and its partners at the PCV Haiti volunteer cooperation program welcomed a North-South cooperation mission to Montreal and Quebec City from October 11 to 25, 2016, with Quebec and Haitian actors of the tourism industry working to develop Haiti’s Nord Department.
Fruitful meetings and workshops between North and South actors
The Haitian delegation included Nicolas Bussénius, President of the Destination Management Organization of Haiti’s Nord Department (OGDNH), Lubin Bernard Pierre Eddy, Regional Director of the Nord Department’s Ministry of Tourism, Marc Georges, President of the Cap-Haitïen chamber of commerce and industry, Jean-Claude Mondésir, mayor of Cap-Haitïen, and several Cap-Haitïen tourism industry entrepreneurs. The delegation engaged in productive meetings with their Quebec counterparts involved in specialized adventure and cultural tours, such as the ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society, Village Monde and the regional tourism associations for Abitibi Témiscamingue and the Eastern Townships.
Several partnerships to be sealed in the coming months
ÉCONOMUSÉE has been reviewing potential partnerships involving three-party agreements with CECI and OGDNH to label three Haitian businesses and bring them into the ÉCONOMUSÉE network. One such business, the Distillerie LaRue, is currently developing economuseum components, while the Société Coopérative pour le Progrès (SOCOP, an artisan pottery cooperative) is actively working toward joining the network as soon as possible.
- A potential partnership with Village Monde is being considered through three-party agreements with CECI and OGDNH. The president of OGDNH has officially invited a representative from Village Monde on a week-long trip to establish partnering terms as soon as possible.
- A potential partnership with the regional tourism associations for Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Eastern Townships is under consideration via the World Centre of Excellence (CED) to include, raise awareness and share expertise with local populations on tourism development and economic mobilization across the value chain.
- A potential partnership with Zoom sur Haïti / Passion Terre Consortium is under consideration for developing adapted, flexible tours with the providers in the delegation. In addition, travel agencies that attended the events have been working together to develop build a common platform for destination marketing and advertising.
- A partnership with Club Aventures is being considered for developing adapted tours.
The mayor of Cap-Haïtienvisits the mayors of Laval, Montreal North and Montreal
Cap-Haïtien mayor Jean-Claude Mondésir along with several members of the delegation, including Marc Georges, President of the Cap-Haïtien chamber of commerce and industry, Eddy Lubin, Regional Director of the Ministry of Tourism and Nicolas Bussénius, President of the OGDNH, visited the mayors of Laval, Montreal North and Montreal. The meeting gave rise to fruitful talks on how Cap-Haïtien and the municipalities should move forward in cooperation. Montreal North mayor, Christine Black, and her team, who lead a community with a strong Haitian presence, extended a very warm welcome to the Cap-Haïtien delegation.
Meeting with the delegation of organizations and members of Montreal’s Haitian diaspora
The Cap-Haïtien delegation held a series of meetings with organizations, businesses and members of the Haitian diaspora in an effort to get them involved in marketing, promotion and raising awareness about Historic Haïti as a tourist destination. In attendance were a think-tank and action group on rebuilding Haiti (GRAHN), represented by Samuel Michel, the Labadie-citadelle-Henry think tank (GRLCH), represented by Gérard Tassy and Rosemay Eustache, the Centre Communautaire Coumbite de Laval, represented by Director Michel Josphère, and Kerlande Mibel, founder of the International Black Economic Forum (IBEF).
Debut at the Montreal International Travel and Tourism Show
The Destination Management Organization of Haiti’s Nord Department (OGDNH), which is co-funded by the IDB and CECI, made a smashing debut at the Montreal International Travel and Tourism Show, where it introduced Quebeckers to the innovative tourism offering of Haiti’s Nord Department, called Historic Haïti. The organization’s kiosk was the subject a great deal of interest throughout the show.
The Nord region, with its hallmark historical and cultural monuments and spectacular views, is an authentic destination, an alternative to the standard, run-of-the-mill Caribbean destinations. It is a chance to see another Haiti. The city of Cap-Haïtien, sometimes called the “Paris of Saint Dominic,” is located nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites and protected beaches and has its own airport, making it very accessible.