PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Calling on the Diaspora to also do their part, Haitian tourism officials are advising their fellow countrymen and women living abroad to bring at least 5 companions along on every visit to Haiti.
"Reviving our struggling tourism industry remains a Herculean task. We can't do it all alone," said Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin. "That's why we're urging all Haitians visiting their homeland to come with at least 5 tourists. It could be 5 friends or 5 co-workers. Or both. It's really up to you."
According to Villedrouin, the new campaign is designed to breathe new life into the sagging tourism sector and introduce non-Haitians to the Caribbean nation.
"With your help, visitors will discover Haiti's rich history and breathtaking natural beauty," said Villedrouin. "While you can bring as many guests as you'd like, we'd strongly recommend 5 as a bare minimum."
The ultimate goal, Villedrouin said, is to boost the country's fledgling economy by getting throngs of visitors from other country to spend their money in Haiti.
"We're aiming to significantly increase the number of visitors that come here," said Villedrouin. "So, if you're Haitian and traveling to Haiti tomorrow or next week, quickly find at the very least 5 tourists to take with you."
Though the Diaspora community admires Villedrouin and her staff's dedication and passion for promoting Haiti, many Haitians are expressing concerns that they will be able to meet the minimum quota.
"I applaud the ministry's efforts," said 37-year-old Wilner Janvier of Boston, MA. "I, myself, am heading to Haiti this weekend. And at this point, I've already found 3 people to bring with me. I have two more days to find the rest. I hope I don't let my country down."
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