CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. February 27, 2014: My Haiti Travels, a New York-based boutique concierge firm that produces high-quality travel experiences with a social impact for groups seeking to explore Haiti for leisure and business purposes, successfully presented its second annual “Impact Week” signature expedition to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January. My Haiti Travels also announced the introduction of its new “Jacmel Getaway” to be held on Thursday, May 22 to Monday, May 26, 2014. An unforgettable travel experience that will explore art, film and a taste of Caribbean life, the “Jacmel Getaway” will take tourists on an enchanting journey into the cultural center of Haiti.
Building upon its inaugural “Impact Week” voyage, My Haiti Travels doubled the number of 2014 participants to 30 U.S.-based travelers. Ranging in age from teenagers to baby boomers, the diverse group represented a multicultural mix of tourists of Haitian, African-American, Latino and European descent. Once again, My Haiti Travels staff worked diligently with local professionals across Haiti’s hospitality and tourism sector to provide a safe, meaningful and fun experience. Travelers are invited to save the date for the next “Impact Week” Haiti tour that is scheduled on January 15-19, 2015.
The 2014 “Impact Week” trip exposed tourists to a variety of cultural landmarks and excursions, including touring the Haitian National Museum, mountain hiking to Kay Piat followed by swimming in a natural spring and a souvenir market outing. Entertainment and leisure activities consisted of live music, fine dining and a private rum tasting. Guests also enjoyed deluxe hotel stays at the BW Premier Petion-Ville and Wahoo Bay Beach Club & Resort on the Arcadins Coast, a popular Caribbean beach destination.
To commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday in the U.S., “Impact Week” featured a Project Day for the second consecutive year to provide volunteer services to students of PRODEV’s (Progress and Development through the Youth of Haiti) Ecole Nouvelle Zoranje in the Village de La Renaissance. Established in 1995 to empower the youth of Haiti through education, PRODEV is a Haitian-led non-profit, non-political foundation officially recognized by the government of Haiti.
A new “Jacmel Getaway” vacation package, scheduled during the Memorial Day Weekend holiday in the U.S., will expand upon My Haiti Travels’ current offerings in the island nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince to the vibrant town of Jacmel. Located in the Southeastern part of Haiti, Jacmel is renowned for its carnival, film festival, talented artisans, colonial architecture and serene waterfalls.
“Haiti’s tourism industry has tremendous potential, and we are very pleased with the growth of our signature Impact Week voyage as well as our new Jacmel Getaway vacation package in May of this year,” said Dina Simon, founder and managing director, My Haiti Travels. “Our Jacmel Getaway promises to be an unforgettable travel experience for all couples, singles and art lovers seeking a little taste of Caribbean life in the cultural center of Haiti.”
The 2014 “Jacmel Getaway” is a complete vacation package comprising a full schedule of activities. The all-inclusive five-day and four-night itinerary features premium hotel accommodations, private ground transportation including round-trip airport transfers and travel to Jacmel, art and film expeditions, live Haitian cultural performances, private chef and dining at top restaurants, a masquerade party and souvenir shopping at local Haitian artisan shops.
The My Haiti Travels agency was founded by Dina Simon shortly following the devastating earthquake of January 2010 to support the resurgence of tourism and investment in Haiti, and to promote the patronage of local businesses, hotel and resort establishments and restaurants. With a vision to showcase “Haiti Through Our Eyes,” My Haiti Travels delivers a mix of civic and social activities that capture Haiti’s rich culture, which is rooted in Taino, European and African heritage. Haiti is the first independent sovereign nation in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the first black republic in the world when it declared independence from France during the Haitian Revolution on January 1, 1804.
2014 media partners of “Impact Week” included Bel Ti Fi, Crème Magazine, Haitian All-Starz, The Haitian Times, HaitiXChange, Kiskeácity, Lumiere Magazine, Manman Pemba, Radio Soleil and The Stewardship Report.
A discounted early-bird registration rate for the “Jacmel Getaway” vacation package is now available through March 22, 2014. For more information regarding the upcoming “Jacmel Getaway” scheduled on May 22–26, 2014, please contact My Haiti Travels at [email protected] or visit www.JacmelGetaway.com
About My Haiti Travels
My Haiti Travels (MHT) is a New York-based boutique concierge firm that coordinates and produces high-quality travel experiences with a social impact for groups seeking to explore Haiti for leisure and business purposes. Each January My Haiti Travels presents the IMPACT WEEK tour (www.ImpactWeekHaiti.com), a five-day and four-night all-inclusive voyage filled with leisure activities, volunteerism, networking and touristic exploration of Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. The inaugural JACMEL GETAWAY vacation package (www.JacmelGetaway.com) will be presented by My Haiti Travels on May 22–26, 2014 during the Memorial Day Weekend holiday. To educate people about Haiti and its rich culture, My Haiti Travels also publishes the “Haiti Through Our Eyes” newsletter that features guest blogs and travel stories. Follow My Haiti Travels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube.