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The tourism industry is an important contributor to Haiti’s foreign exchange earnings and has always been on the agenda of the government’s plan to develop the country. The political unrest has however enabled the DMO to implement all the different strategies suggested. Entrepreneurship in the tourism sector is one of the latest suggestions to develop the tourism sector.
Not many academic papers have been written about Haiti as a destination (Séraphin 2010 and 2011; Dore 2010; Thernil 2004; Theodat 2004; Dupont 2003). ‘Bonjour blanc, a journey through Haiti’ (Thomson, 2004), is as far as we are concerned one of the very few novels or travel writings about this destination. This article contributes to the body of meta-literature by focusing on guest houses in the countryside as a way forward for the locals to fully benefit from the tourism industry.
Starting with a review of academic papers on entrepreneurship, this article adopts a progressive approach successively presenting the place of the tourism industry within the service sector in Haiti and then the opportunities and limit for the creation of guest houses in the countryside.
Methodologically, this article builds on academic critical literature on entrepreneurship and countryside tourism (primary sources). We are then going to carry out some field research to identify the opportunities available for MSTEs in the hospitality sector (guest houses) in the countryside.