Transat launches charter tours to Haiti
Visitors relax on Adrenaline Beach and the Dragon's Breath Flight Line in Labadee, Haiti on March 6, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, December 13, 2012 2:29PM EST
Quebecers will be able to hop a charter flight to Haiti as of January, when Transat becomes the first major Canadian tour operator to offer vacation packages in the Pearl of the Antilles.
Packages combine a stay in the capital, Port-au-Prince and the Arcadins coast, the site of magnificent beaches, according to a press release issued by Transat Thursday.
Vacationers can also make accompanied excursions to museums, historic sites, natural areas, sporting events and other places.
Annick Guérard, CEO of Transat Tours Canada, said that these packages were aimed at travelers who appreciate “holidays that combine relaxation and discovery."
Transat will also offer brief four-day trips aimed at attracting people wishing to visit friends and relatives in Haiti.
Transat has had a once-weekly flight to Port-au-Prince for the last 20 years.
Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, Haiti’s Minister of Tourism , has assured that the country has “all the potential to win back the heart of international travelers, especially Canadians."
In 2011, Haiti welcomed 945,000 travelers, 65 percent of whom came via cruise. Many of those visited Labadie, an area rented by the giant Royal Caribbean tour group.