Like many of its Caribbean neighbors, Haiti once drew many tourists. But decades of political instability, repression and poverty, plus natural disasters, led to the decay of the tourism infrastructure, and almost no visitors now come. Officials would like to change that. The arts town of Jacmel is one place they think could be a magnet.
Jacmel, a port on Haiti's southern coast, is know for its 19th-century architecture, arts community and one of the Caribbean's liveliest carnivals. The town was damaged by the 2010 earthquake, but not as severely as many others. Officials want to revive tourism in the nation -- "We're trying to rebrand Haiti," Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin says -- and Jacmel is a focus of the effort.William Booth/THE WASHINGTON POST