The US and its allies have made a concerted push to help the island nation of more than 6 million people regain its former glory, as the country gears up for a new round of climate negotiations in Paris.
The metropole, one of the poorest nations in the Americas, has been one of America’s most influential allies in its war against climate change and was the scene of the 2009 coronavirus pandemic.
The island nation’s population has shrunk by more than half over the past decade as the population has shifted to cities and towns in search of jobs and a better standard of living.
But there has been no easing of the burden of the pandemic, which has claimed more than 4,000 lives and left the country with more than $5bn in debt.
The United States has also played a major role in helping the island recover from the pandemics and have pledged billions in aid to its reconstruction.
Now, however, the island is being turned into a tourist attraction.
The Metropoles main shopping mall, which is run by the United States Embassy, was turned into an amusement park by the US Government last year, with the Metropolises main tourist attraction, Haiti’s main museum and a zoo being renovated to become tourist attractions.
The US Embassy’s Haiti tourism department said the renovation of the shopping mall was due to be completed in the first half of 2019.
“The mall will remain closed during the pandemaker period,” the department said.
Haiti’s tourism department also said it would help the government fund the construction of the Metropolis, a new tourist attraction in the capital, which will be opened in the coming months.
The tourist attraction will feature more than 30 different theme parks, including a zoo and aquarium, as well as an interactive experience with the city’s natural beauty.
It is the first time a foreign government has invested in tourism in a US city, said Rufus Ewing, director of the US Embassy Haiti.
“Our focus has been to help them get their economy back on track,” he told Al Jazeera.
“But the US has been so generous in providing them with loans and helping them out in other areas as well.”
“This is a very important partnership and we want to ensure that we are part of that.
We are going to be very involved in that as well,” he said.”
We think this is going to really help the country recover and be able to move forward.”
In Haiti, the metropoles tourism department has announced it will be creating a new park to serve as a tourist destination for tourists from around the world, with plans to create a new museum and the Haiti Zoo.
It will be funded by US$25 million from the US State Department, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the Federal Emergency Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the National Science Foundation, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Endowment for Democracy and the United Nation Development Programme (UNDP).
“The Metropolis is a new world-class attraction for visitors to the island and for tourists to visit.
The attraction will have a world-first interactive experience that is sure to inspire and delight visitors,” the tourism department told Aljazeera.
The park is expected to open in 2019 and be the biggest project of its kind in the region.
It will include more than 100,000 square metres of shopping and dining areas and a 10,000-seat auditorium.
It’s a huge project, but I think the American government is going in the right direction, said David Ritchie, a senior lecturer at the University of Haiti who has been studying tourism in Haiti since the 1990s.
“There are some issues with the tourism development that they’re trying to solve, but they are doing it well,” Ritchie told AlJazeera.
He said it is unclear whether US$250m in loans will be available for the Metricopolis project, which he said will also attract foreign investors and provide jobs.
The mall is expected not to be open for the pandemer and the Metropolitan State Museum will be shut down, but will be reopened by 2019.