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More celebrity interest in Haiti's Ile-a-Vache tourism project
Published on February 27, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Petra Nemcova with children. Photo: Phil Holsinger

By Joseph Guyler Delva

ILE-A-VACHE, Haiti (HCNN) -- World-renowned model Petra Nemcova toured over the weekend the island of Ile-a-Vache in the southern region of Haiti, where the Caribbean country's government is developing an ambitious tourism project that will cost several hundred million dollars.

Nemcova, who called the island's beauty extraordinary, urged investors to come and invest in Ile-a-Vache, regarded as one of the next top tourist destinations in Haiti and the Caribbean.

"I am thrilled to see the extraordinary beauty that exists on this island and I invite all those who want to discover such beauty to come see for themselves," Nemcova told HCNN.

"I love the environment, I love the people who are very friendly and I adore the children who seem very smart," said Nemcova, who posed with several children living on the island.

The famous model from the Czech Republic, who accompanied Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, visited several construction sites and other projects already started on the island. Nemcova is also goodwill ambassador for Haiti.

Nemcova’s Happy Hearts foundation has been involved in Haiti since 2007, when she traveled to the country for the first time. Happy Hearts Foundation has set up several programs to help underprivileged children in Haiti.

Several well-known international investment companies and foreign government partnering entities, such as Venezuela, plan to invest in Ile-a-Vache.

Local lawmaker, Jean Fenel Tanis, who represents Ile-a-Vache in Parliament, said over a week ago that he was contacted by an agent working for famous British soccer player, David Beckham, who expressed the British star's interest to acquire a piece of land to invest on the island.

Tanis reiterated on Monday his statement about the exchange he had with a Beckham agent about the former soccer star's interest to invest on Ile-a-Vache.

However, telephone calls by HCNN to try to reach Beckham's team for confirmation and additional information about his intent have not yet succeeded.
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The Haitian government is unlawfully appropriating land from residents of Ile a Vache. They have don do by decree. I doubt any moral minded celebrity who has done their home work and care about their international image will by land there under such conditions and until property law has been dealt with in a manner fair to the resident of the island.


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