Many of you are probably not aware but next Thursday, January 12, marks the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Two years later and sadly, very little has changed there. Although other countries that suffered catastrophic natural disasters recently (Thailand and Indonesia in the 2004 tsunami and earthquake) saw their tourism industry rebound fairly quickly, it was not to be in Haiti. Why? Because for decades there hasn’t been anything remotely near to a tourism industry in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation. Many people that travel to Haiti, before and after the 2010 earthquake, usually do so for humanitarian reasons. Although Haiti shares the island of Hispanola with the Dominican Republic, Haiti is nothing like its neighbor. While the Spanish speaking side of Hispanola receives thousands of foreign visitors from the United States and Europe each year, anxious to flock to its pearly white sand beaches and laid back environment, internal strife, crippling poverty, and continual violence is usually what keeps people away from Haiti’s own pearly white sand beaches. However, I wanted to write this post to remind people that at one time Haiti was a destination that foreign visitors did flock to.