Destination Sud: Haiti

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Destination Sud: Haiti explores a pragmatic approach to the goals of Haiti’s Ministry of Tourism to promote touristic activity as a tool for development that “protects and enhances the environment, stimulates economic growth, promotes education, and creates sustainable jobs.” It proposes a functional development framework that links coastal sites to inland natural resources, suggesting a methodological framework in which investments can be flexible and scaled up over time while maintaining the integrity of available cultural and natural resources.

The study explores the territory of the South Coast of Haiti, and advocates a nodal approach to tourism that comprises full participation of the local population. The vision elaborates an explorative tourism that fulfills the curiosity of the occasional traveler and celebrates the recurrence of the longer term visitor. The designated locations follow pathway corridors of development, correlate with each other, and connect to a surrounding territorial matrix. The study applies this framework to selected design speculations before concluding with a look at how this approach might impact broader regional development.

Overall, the intent and value of the study is that it proposes a vision for development implementable with low initial investment through an approach that keeps an open door for community involvement.

Editors and Designers: Richard Gonzalez, Richard Plunz, Scott Andrews, Soumaya Maghnouj, Charles-Antoine Perrault, Johannes Pointl, Maria Paola Sutto

GSAPP Team: Richard Plunz, Guneet Kaur Anand, Lowell Day, Will Grimm, Julie Marin, Paul Nelson, Johannes Pointl, Denise Preschel

Destination Sud: Haiti publication