Haitian director of tourism optimistic about tourism sector

first_img Share NewsRegional Haitian director of tourism optimistic about tourism sector by: – March 12, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Dr. Daniel FouchardA Haitian tourism official has expressed optimism about his island’s tourism sector in the after math of the 2010 earthquake which caused severe devastation to the island.Director General of Tourism in Haiti, Daniel Fouchard, told an interview with the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Communications Specialist Johnson JohnRose at the International Tourismus Borse (ITB) in Berlin last week, that the tourism sector is still “very active”. He graded himself as 8/9 on a scale of 1 to 10 in being optimistic about the growth and development of the sector although the island’s preoccupation is focused on rebuilding. “After the earthquake every Haitian thinks about reconstruction; rebuilding the country, giving the faith to the huge population, creating new schools, new opportunities for the youth of the country and giving the people the necessary hope to go further”. He explained further that several steps within the island’s tourism master plan are underway including the construction of two airports and new investments.“We are building two new airports in the country; one in Capiche and one in La Cai and then we have already signed a few contracts with other big companies who are investing in the hotel industry; Best Western, Marriott, Occidental”.Fouchard noted that although the tourism sector is very active he must wait until his minister has full powers so that the sector can operate more effectively, as the resignation of the former Haitian prime minister Garry Conille after four months into office has disrupted the government. He is also hopeful that Caribbean leaders particularly those in the Antillean; Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico among others will find a solution to issue of island hopping.According to Fouchard; these islands present a “mosaic of culture” which many people are interested in therefore the onus is upon them to find a way for easier travel within to and from these islands.“We are at a distance of 1 hour/2 hours from each other and every time we have to see one another we have to go up north or down south to go back to the Caribbean, we have to change that. I understand that there are a lot of countries now who are trying to do their best”.“We are young countries and trying to do the best to promote our countries” he said, recognizing the fact that the success of these islands sector is dependent on several factors some which they are unable to control as with the occurrences of natural disasters.ITB is a five day trade show which “enlightens visitors and qualified buyers about global travel, tourism and hospitality sectors and highlights the exotic destinations of more than 180 countries including Dominica under one roof in a friendly environment. The ITB trade show welcome more than 11163 exhibitors from various countries to exhibit their newest tour locations, hotel services, resort facilities and many more to render the perfect holiday and travel experience to all the interested visitors. The ideal business to business platform provides an ideal opportunity for the exhibitors to generate sales and meet with their industry peers and qualified buyers among 170000 visitors.Some of the highlights of the event are convention programs, business presentations and conference and workshops. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet 87 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Solskjaer speaks about long-term plans for Pogba

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo The Norwegian said: “Since coming back from injury he has been a delight. He has worked really hard, he is happy and he is playing well. read also:Pogba drops big Man Utd stay hint “We are going to see the best of Paul in the next couple of seasons, I’m sure. And I’m looking forward to seeing him grow with this team. “He will have to be one of the leaders, one of the main figures because he is just coming to his peak time as a footballer at 27. “I am really looking forward to working with him.” Pogba joined United in an £89m transfer from Juventus in 2016. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laid the groundwork for Paul Pogba to sign a new contract at Manchester United. Pogba is out of contract next summer, but the club holds a 12-month option to extend that and they will do that as the worst-case scenario. The France midfielder has seen a dramatic turnaround in his fortunes since the Premier League restart. Pogba has been integral to United alongside Bruno Fernandes and he has repaid the faith Solskjaer had in him. “I’ve been speaking more or less every day with Paul,” admitted Solskajer last month. The Sun have reported that Pogba is close to finalising a huge new five-year deal at United. The Frenchman was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time. Indeed, his agent, Mino Raiola, continually talked up the prospect earlier this season. The speculation came amid injuries hampering Pogba’s progress; the 27-year-old had only made eight appearances this season before lockdown due to two-foot injuries.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Mason City council approves agreement to help with Forest City building inspections

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Forest City on building inspections. It allows Mason City building inspectors to inspect buildings within Forest City as that community is working to address blight and dilapidation. Mason City’s city administrator Aaron Burnett says Forest City’s needs do not warrant employing staff specifically dedicated to building inspections.  “We received the request from Forest City to see if there was an ability to partner to help them essentially pursue 657As and other delinquent properties. When you’re in a smaller community, you just really don’t have the staff that we have here in Mason City. So with that, and understanding that very well from my previous work in smaller communities, it’s a good opportunity to be a good regional partner and help kind of raise the tide for the whole area.” Burnett says the work for Forest City would be on an overtime basis with all costs being covered by the City of Forest City.  “We reached out to staff before we even started the 28E to see if they were interested in the overtime opportunity, and if at some point they’re not interested we would not provide staff towards that purpose. It will not affect service because it will be all overtime. It’s all time that they would not be working anyway, and all of that time will be fully reimbursed, mileage and hours. So as far as our services I don’t think we will have a problem.”  — The council also passed the second reading of an ordinance for increasing water, sewer and sanitation rates. The council approved the increases in the city’s fiscal year budget that started on July 1st, with increases in the water and sewer rates to help fund capital projects, and the increase in the sanitation rate to build funds for vehicle replacements in future fiscal years. The water rate increase is 2.55% and will increase about 71 cents per month for the homeowner that averages 500 cubic feet of monthly use. The sewer increase is 2.83% and will increase about 49 cents per month for the typical homeowner. The sanitation rate will go up 40 cents per month to $12.05 starting for the July utility bill.last_img read more

Any form of customs controls will increase costs on Irish goods – McConalogue

first_imgFianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has warned that any form of customs controls on the island of Ireland will create additional costs for export and import companies here in Ireland and abroad.His comments come following confirmation from the UK Brexit Secretary David Davis that the British Government is working towards implementing an ‘invisible customs border’ between Ireland and the UK.  This would see technology used to monitor the transit of vehicles between Ireland and the UK such as vehicle tagging, number plate recognition and other schemes aimed at monitoring traffic flow across the border.“A customs border, no matter how “invisible” will still have an impact on the movement of goods between the EU and UK, and will disproportionately affect counties like Donegal which will be a crossing point for cars and lorries.  Even if the border is monitored by technology rather than personnel there will still be additional costs and time delays for import and export companies,” explained Deputy McConalogue.“The Government’s silence on this issue is worrying and I would urge Minister Coveney and his cabinet colleagues not to concede to this “invisible” idea.  We must try to retain a fully liberalised freight and aviation market between the EU and the UK to ensure that the impact on businesses and border residents is as minimal as possible. “The fast, efficient and low-cost movement of freight is essential to the Irish economy and needs to be protected.  The Government must emphasise the importance of a special arrangement for Ireland to ensure the smooth transfer of Irish cargo to other countries in the EU via the UK landbridge.  Any attempts to impose new tariffs or additional costs for companies exporting or importing will have a major impact on our economy, particularly here in the border region, and must be strongly opposed at Government and EU level”.Any form of customs controls will increase costs on Irish goods – McConalogue was last modified: June 29th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogue TDlast_img read more