By building a strong and successful tourism products, the government and the private sector will then have the ability to invest in other transportation options that will make sense to the local economy, and the tourism sector in general.
This month, the president and a delegation from the minister of tourism and Senator Dieudonne went to Sans Souci, with the exciting news of building Haiti first Cable car that will make it easy for tourists from Labadee to visit Citadelle. An announcement that was applauded by many in the Milot, and by some people in Cap-Haitien; however, the question is, do they understand what this means? In Haiti people tend to do what is easy to solve certain problems, most of the time people ignore other essential pieces of the puzzle, and often the one solution come with several different issues attached to it. It is unfortunate in this situation that might be the case.
A cable car will probably cost millions of dollars but will create only a few jobs, and possibly take many other businesses away from the city of Cap-Haitien and Milot, Let me explain. If the local governments, the private sector, and the central government could invest in Cap-Haitien and Milot, and work on a tourism product that includes Sans Souci and Citadelle; it would have made more sense economically. If for instance, the city can attract at least 10.000 tourists from Labadee every week, with minimal spending of $5 per tourists, this is $50,000 a week, $200,000 a month, $2.400,000 a year, in 10 years the city will make about $24,000,000. One thing to mention is, this money goes directly to small businesses and the city economy.
By building a strong and successful tourism products, the government and the private sector will then have the ability to invest in other transportation options that will make sense to the local economy, and the tourism sector in general. The idea of having a cable car is good, but I believe at this time, it does not make too much economic sense for the city, or the northern region, but that is only my personal opinion.