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What If I Told You That Tourism May Be Bad For Haiti?

By Esther “EJ” Dupervil

In the debate on whether or not tourism is good for developing countries, I find myself siding with the argument that it may not be the best way to realize true development.

In visiting Haiti, I sat down and spoke to some locals about their thoughts on the tourism industry. The popular term associated with the development, “Haiti is open for business,” came up in conversation. Thunderous laughter followed after those around me made the statement.