Haiti - Tourism, travel, and recreation

Port-au-Prince is a free port for a variety of luxury items. Tourist attractions include white sand beaches, numerous colonial buildings in Port-au-Prince and other cities, and the early 19th century Citadelle and Sans Souci Palace in Cap-Haïtien. Rapid divorces—granted in 24 to 48 hours—and casino gambling are among the attractions for US residents. Football (soccer) is the national sport, and cockfighting is very popular. Tourist resorts offer facilities for water sports and tennis.

For entry to Haiti, visitors generally are required to have passports. Nationals of the US, UK and its possessions, France, and Germany do not need visas. In the 1980s, tourism was adversely affected by the island's generally depressed economy and political turbulence and by the alleged link between Haitians and AIDS. Tourism had declined in the mid-1990s, falling from 143,700 tourist arrivals in 1990 to 70,200 in 1994. In 2000, there were 140,492 tourist arrivals with tourism receipts of about US $54 million. There were an estimated 1,758 hotel rooms.

The average daily cost of staying in Port-au-Prince, according to 2003 US government estimates, was $234. Elsewhere the average cost estimate was $129 per day.

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