English author Graham Greene traveled to Haiti which was where his 1966 novel The Comedians took place. While in the capital city of Port-au-Prince he stayed at the Hotel Oloffson, a 19th century Gothic gingerbread mansion. It is said to have served as the inspiration for the fictional Hotel Trianon in The Comedians. In early 2011, Anthony Bourdain who is host of the Travel Channel's No Reservations television show traveled to Haiti for the premiere episode of his seventh season. Bourdain also stayed at the Hotel Oloffson. The hotel did not suffer serious damage in the earthquake and continues to operate today.
Haiti and its people continue to have the longest uphill battle ahead of them including building its tourism industry. However, for many developing nations, tourism is what has given them the strength to survive, to grow and even to prosper. Although it's easy to forget about a country that suffered a devastating natural disaster once the reporters and celebrities have gone away, Haiti still needs your thoughts and prayers so please take a moment of silence to remember the dead and living next Thursday at 4:53 PM Eastern Time.