The impact of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on January 12, 2010 affected Haiti's capital and nearby towns and killed up to 230,000 people. Damages and losses were evaluated at around US$8 billion or 120 percent of GDP.
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However, although Luckner’s products are being sold in Port-au-Prince and a number of major cities, he lacks access to the nearest market—the tourist networks in the North, where he could have access ... Show More +to several types of tourists.Passengers on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships that make weekly stopovers at the Labadee tourism port could be his initial target customers. However, these tourists rarely leave the Labadee area, owing in part to the lack of tourist infrastructure and site maintenance. Long-stay international and domestic tourists are therefore the main target groups for generating economic benefits for the local community.Developing the tourist infrastructureIt is also with the goal of connecting artisans like Luckner with tourists that the Cultural Heritage Preservation and Tourism Sector Support project in the North of Haiti, a Haitian Government initiative supported by the World Bank, intends to renovate and develop the infrastructure in Cap-Haïtien and in the nearby towns around the National History Park that includes the Citadelle Henry, the Sans-Souci Palace, the Sans-Souci chapel, and the Ramiers site. These monuments will be restored and rehabilitated to increase their resilience to seismic risk and for tourism purposes.The project also includes plans to support the establishment of 370 small and medium entities to provide cultural and tourist services, while putting mechanisms in place to ensure the preservation and management of the entire Park.Luckner’s SOCOP, which he inherited from his father and which received an award from the Government in 2007 for its dedication and contribution to the Haitian cooperative movement, is expected to receive financial support under this project. He hopes that “this project will improve living and working conditions, and reduce poverty among SOCOP artisans members and the community.” Show Less -