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

Young brings physical style of play to Syracuse defense

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Among his teammates, Sean Young is referred to as the “Mean Canadian.”It’s a playful term that endears him to the rest of the Syracuse players, but is also derived from a very serious aspect of his game.The sophomore — who attended high school in Ontario — gets his nickname from a physical in-game persona more than a stoic off-field personality.“It’s a mentality of me and growing up,” Young said, with a noticeable cut marking the upper portion of his nose. “I just grew an attraction to those sports. Contact sports.”Young’s physical on-field approach has helped him, and the Orange defense, this season. He has collected 10 ground balls, and is tied for second on the team with seven caused turnovers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd even though the former football player has had to make a conscious effort to scale back his physicality this season — with the refs having a tighter whistle — he’s been a defensive asset for a team that has played a lot of it.“It is important to have someone like that,” SU head coach John Desko said. “You don’t want guys cutting and running and scoring in close to the goal without being down to the ground after getting hit.“You want to make sure they pay a price for going in there.”When SU played Notre Dame on March 29, it was the Orange that almost paid the price. Young put Syracuse in a man-down position just minutes into the fourth quarter when he was called for an illegal body check while pouncing on a ground ball.Young said that officials are making more calls like that this season, and the Notre Dame mishap was just an untimely mistake.“I feel like I have to be smarter, because especially this year, they’re trying to clean up the game,” Young said. “I definitely have to be smarter about where I pick my opportunities to play physical and where not to.”Growing up, if he wasn’t playing one contact sport, he was playing another.At the Hill Academy in Ontario, Young was a safety and wide receiver on the football team. He said that even though football added various skills to his lacrosse game, the latter is different.But even with his football background, he knows he has to be smarter about how to use his aggression and physicality.“You know that you need to play defense,” SU defender Brandon Mullins said, who also played football in high school. “You know that you have to be mean sometimes. You got to be able to play physical and hit people when you need to.”On Tuesday, Syracuse will travel to Ithaca to face No. 2 Cornell. Dan Lintner — the Big Red’s top scoring attack — also went to Hill Academy, and may very well be guarded by Young.Although Lintner graduated before Young started playing lacrosse, he knows his game well enough to agree that the “Mean Canadian” fits Young well. He’s also well aware of the challenge his defensive capabilities present.“He’s a big guy, so he’s definitely got that to his advantage,” Lintner said. “I’m not really the biggest guy, so I’m definitely going to have some different sort of tactics to get around the size disadvantage.”Young’s size is certainly an advantage on defense, but also may be one of the reasons he’s had to dilute his in-game physicality to some extent this season.Even with the slight change in approach, Young has no qualms with filling a role that Desko and his teammates agreed is integral to the team.“If that’s my role,” Young said. “I’ll take it, sure. Whatever we need to do for the win.” Comments Published on April 7, 2014 at 12:30 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more