I had the absolute pleasure of being interviewed by Pierre of CIUT 89.5FM in Canada! The interview was on Aug. 11 and a coy of the show is above. Pierre asked wonderful questions and really wanted to learn about The Real Haiti and what inspires me. The whole crew was extremely professional and everything ran smoothly. CIUT, I appreciate it!!!!!!!!!!! You guys rock! THANK YOU, MESI ANPIL!!!!!!!!!!
Ballad Creole is a program meant to educate and bridge the gap between Creole communities within the GTA and across southwest Ontario. The program aims also to enable people to understand the news affecting the Caribbean Creole population from an angle other than the main stream media of the west.
There are roughly 80.000 people in this geographic area that have roots in such places as Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Islands Mauritius and other Creole communities as well. The show is presented utilizing a balance of Creole and English.
Journalist Pierre Rigaus Charleus, host of the Ballade Creole (Creole Ballad),prior to graduating in Mass Communication at the State University of Haiti in 1994, has been already involved in Journalism at local radio stations such Radio Super Gemini and Dynamic FM in his Home Town Saint Marc, Haiti. Following His graduation, he worked at Magik Fm and the National Radio in Port au Prince, Haiti between 1998 through 2000. he moved to New Jersey in 2001 and worked as a volunteer at HSTV and Radio Verite. In 2008 He moved to Canada and joined Choq Fm to host Caraiboscopy, a radio talk show covering issues within the Caribbean Francophone.
Host: Pierre Rigaus Charleus
Some people ask me why I have The Real Haiti. Some tell me to open my eyes, that I am being taken advantage of by offering too much info/resources. Some ask me how will I ever make money.
Going to Haiti is always an experience to learn, appreciate and envy for me. I learn that what I used to think is untrue. I appreciate things that I have/grew up with. I envy the simple life, the culture and the family bonds that Haitians have. All of these experiences have changed me as a person....for the better.
I don't do this to get ahead, to impress anyone or to get rich. I experience things unbelievable to my previous judgements of a country misrepresented. I do it to educate others. I do it so that my children one day will have an archive of info different to the ones they will see on TV.
Here are some of my favorite moments in Haiti...
Aesthetically, this hotel is beautiful. There is authentic Haitian furniture, art and staircases all over. The views are spectacular. There are turquoise water ocean views, garden views within the hotel, and it’s a quiet place to relax at.
The rooms are up to date with the basics in them, and one of the nicer private hotels I’ve stayed in. There’s a basic tv, bed(s) and furniture. The bathrooms are definitely newer and nicer than some hotels we’ve stayed in, but certainly not first class. The service is just ok and breakfast is included in the price (around $150/night).
The food at the hotel is bad. We did not have one good meal (even the ones we paid for). A lobster dinner was about $35 US, where I got the same meal at a local beach for $7 US and it was better. The hamburger and lambi was awful and very over priced.
Best part: The view from the rooms and the pool, as well as the access to a small local beach. Our room looked over the pool and ocean.
Tips: The walk down to the beach is steep and with lots of steps. This will not be accessible to someone with health issues. It’s a hike and it’s a long way down (and worse back up). However, it is worth it because at the bottom there’s a local beach with fishermen and amazing views!
Some of the pictures on their website are NOT from there. It doesn't look anything like some of those pictures. View my slideshow below for current pics.
New York photographer Vanessa Geffrard is looking for Haitian women to photograph! Here's the info below and please share it with your NY friends :)
WHAT: Beautifully Haitian Photo Project will involve individuals shots. Participants will have copyrights and access to pictures via private online gallery.
WHERE: 70 Welling Court Queens, NY 11102
WHEN: August 31st at 5pm
WHO: Haitian/Haitian descent women
Call/text Vanessa at 443-850-3800 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in participating and questions (and so she knows you're coming).
Lots of contests going on this month for Haitian Heritage Month! Have some fun and win some prizes!
THE REAL HAITI - HAITIAN POSE CONTEST: Show us your best one in a photo!
Show us your best Haitian pose and win an original photo print of the San-Souci Palace taken by Diana from TheRealHaiti.com.
This is a $100 value!
We want to see those Haitian poses so please submit them to our wall now at: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealHaiti. You must submit it on our wall to be eligible! The one with the most votes will win the beautiful photograph below of San-Souci!
San-Souci Palace in northern Haiti is where I fell in love with this beautiful country.
The Sans-Souci Palace was the royal residence of King Henri (Henri Christophe) of Haiti, Queen Marie-Louise and their two daughters. It was the most important of nine palaces built by the king, as well as fifteen châteaux, numerous forts, and sprawling summer homes on his twenty plantations. Construction of the palace started in 1810 and was completed in 1813. Its name translated from French means "carefree."
Location: (Milot, Haiti)
This listing is only for the print of the photograph (FRAME IS NOT INCLUDED). Picture this photograph in your house! Show of your Haitian pride!
Contest ends 5/31/13.
100k JOBS HAITI - HAITIAN FLAG DAY: Photo contest
100K Jobs Haiti is honoring Haitian Flag Day! The flag will celebrate its 210th birthday on May 18th, 2013! 100K Jobs is marking the occasion with a contest to give you the opportunity to show and share your Haitian Pride! NOTE: IF you are a non-Haitian you have the option of sending us a photo of you working or having fun in Haiti! Please send a description of the photo!!!
Here are the rules:
1- Starting today May 1st, take a creative photo of you and the Flag.
2- Send the picture to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
3- We will upload the photo to the 100K Jobs Facebook page
4- Once we upload the photo we will send you a link to email to all of your friends telling them to go to 100K Jobs Facebook page and first, Like the page, and then Like your photo
5- Photos will be accepted until May 18th at 5 pm. The person whose photo has the MOST LIKES will win a wonderful prize from Haiti. AND that person will have the honor of having the MOST Haitian pride. We will announce the official winner the night of May 18th. The prize will be sent by mail.
HAITIAN HERITAGE MUSEUM - Mr. or Ms. May 18: Creative project contest
This was translated into English via Google translator. The newsletter is put out by the Minister of Tourism in French. I am reposting for your information. I offer access to any and all information that I learn of. Enjoy...
We hung a single objective: to propel the destination Haiti in front of the international tourism scene. Progress is visible at this level, and international supermodel, Petra Nemcova, says: "Whenever I come to Haiti, I see the progress they build roads, ... new hotels. ...".
The major international hotels chains settled there actually, we try to create, at the same time, the events capable of attracting good spotlight on us, as this activity skating we support.
Put Haiti on the map of tourist destinations in the world requires the implementation of a whole apparatus. So do not let go of us, none of the focuses of our tourism policy with this program classification of tourist facilities that we have just launched. The Ministry of Tourism is committed to fulfill its role as an accompanist and as a regulator of the tourism industry in Haiti.
We have entered in the prestigious ranking of the World Economic Forum competitiveness index in the tourism sector. And we will henceforth work according to the criteria of this report, so as to get the best seats in the next rankings. The destination Haiti is recognized, it remains only to leave you to conquer ...
Ayiti, in the Pouw La!
Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin
Minister of Tourism of Haiti
Mon 22 - 7h pm
IFH - Free admission
projection - Cycle Haiti in the image
Boulpik Arnold Antonin, politics, cinema
and reality by director Mathieu
Mar. 23 - 7h pm
IFH - Free admission
CINE Tuesday - Round dance
Angelin Preljocaj's Snow White
Thu 25 - 7h pm
IFH - Free admission
Mon 29 - 7h pm
IFH - Free admission
projection - International Dance Day
Seeds star Françoise Marie (Part 1)
Mar. 30 - 7h pm
IFH - Free admission
CINE Tuesday - Round dance
Seeds star Françoise Marie (Part 2)
More on www.institutfrancaishaiti. org
April 25 -. 6-10 h PM
Jazz Night / Sax Night @ The Reserve
April 27 -. 9-11 h PM
Full Moon Party @ Rustik
April 27 -. 9-11:59 PM
Gabel / KZino @ The Cosmpolitain
April 28 -. 11 am-10 pm AM PM
Festival of Young Talents @ Sugar Cane
May 10 -. 9-11:59 PM
Tribute to Bob Marley @Karibe
April 30 -. 9-11:59 PM
Ignotum @ The Irish Embassy
More on www.manmanpemba. com
HAITI WELCOMES FIRST SHOW OF SKATING
Haiti has the Best Western Premier
"The most amazing thing is certainly to see this magnificent hotel stand in the middle of the town center, as if there was talk that the reality of our country is immune to its ... More .
Tourist Police:operational by June 2013
A tourist police will be affected as early as June in priority tourist sites in the country such as the Champ-de-Mars, Airport, Cote-des ... More .
Quality label 'HIBISCUS'
In order to offer a quality tourism product the Ministry of Tourism (DOT) launched its classification of tourist establishments this April 2, 2013 in the town of Les Cayes ... More .
Canadian journalists are testing the package Transat
A group of Canadian journalists arrived on April 10 in Port-au-Prince, where they began a mission to assess the Haitian tourism products to promote the package ... More.
Haiti receives the fifth summit of the AEC
Haiti is home to the 5th Summit of states of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), from 23 to 26 April. During three days, the delegations of thirty members or associated states will be present in the country ...More .
Haiti, world tourist destination
"Already it's a good news Haiti is listed and that we recognize the country as a tourist destination," it is by these words that the Minister of Tourism, has introduced e conf ence ... More info .
The destination Jacmel is about to be reborn
After presenting the Tourist Island Project-a-Vache, the Minister of Tourism, Stéphanie Balmir Villedrouin, unveiled the development plan ... More .
The CTC table on the tourist tax
A new working session of the Consultative Council of Tourism (CCT) was held Monday, April 8, 2013 the Ministry of Tourism (MDT). The issue of tourism taxation ... More .
Fifty American tourists come to party in Haiti
A delegation of 50 American tourists arrived in the country this Thursday, April 11, 2013 to take part in the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the couple Harriet and Yves Michel .... More.
Petra Nemcova invited to discover the beauty of Haiti
The world famous supermodel, Petra Nemcova, said he saw progress on several fronts in Haiti. She urged the people of the world to discover the magic she feels ... More .
Anyone interested in the tourism industry in Haiti, please join us this Thursday, April 25th at 11:00 AM Eastern Time by calling 605-477-2100 access code 467858#.
We have a great group already committed to being on the call from last time and we hope you can join us, too!
QUESTIONS OR AGENDA ITEMS:
Marketing and Communication
100k Jobs Haiti
The Best Western Premier is in the middle of Petionville. It's Haiti's first American brand hotel in a long time. With a spa and beautiful balcony views, it will cost you about $249/night just for the room. We did not stay here, just went to see it and take pictures. We weren't able to get into the rooms because the manager wasn't there, but we were greeted very nicely and given a tour of the property. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE! It has an upscale feel, with Haitian art and pictures from around the country! This makes it stand out to me more than the Oasis. This hotel feels like you're in Haiti. I love it!!!!
Tip: This is in a busy downtown area so if you're looking for a quiet getaway, I don't recommend this hotel. Stay here if you want to be in the middle of the action, interact with local or in Haiti on business. We were told the biggest clientele is business people. There's a $50 US/person shuttle available to and from the airport.
The Royal Oasis Hotel is in the middle of Petionville. It's Haiti's first 5 star hotel. With a rooftop pool and fancy shops, it will cost you about $276/night and that is just for the room. We did not stay here, just went to see it and have some drinks with friends at the upstairs lobby bar. It's an upscale feel, not a traditional Haitian feel.
Tip: This is in a busy downtown area so if you're looking for a quiet getaway, I don't recommend this hotel. Stay here if you want to be in the middle of the action, interact with local or in Haiti on business.