We are all extremely saddened to hear of the earthquake-caused destruction in Haiti. While many details are imprecise or unknown at this point, there are unquestionably catastrophic conditions involving many casualties and great loss of property. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Haitian people and the Haitian diaspora.
As one of the leading investors in Haiti through our private destination at Labadee, we have nearly 30 years of involvement in the country and many, many relationships. We will attempt to utilize this blog to convey what we understand is happening and what our involvement will be in the relief effort. In this respect I will be asking our Associate VP, Private Destinations, John Weis, to partner with me in these communications.
Ironically, I am supposed to fly to New York tonight to meet at President Clinton’s offices together with the Prime Minister of Haiti to continue the discussion of how to build Haiti’s economy and promote more foreign investment. Although I guess the meeting is off, no one has said anything yet. Such is the uncertainty in the aftermath of a sudden and major event.
Over to John:
Our prayers are with the Haitian people right now.
As Adam said, our work through the years to develop Labadee has grown into strong ties with government officials, businesses and the people of Haiti.
At this point, no damage has been found after an initial inspection of Labadee. Further inspections are going to be conducted on the attractions and facilities to ensure that everything is safe for our guests.
Simultaneously, we are exploring multiple avenues to help with the humanitarian relief efforts for Haiti. We have reached out to relief organizations and the State of Florida to see how we can lend assistance with our ships scheduled to call at Labadee.
Family and friends of guests currently on a Royal Caribbean International ship schedule to call at Labadee should visit RoyalCaribbean.com for more information.
We will continue to monitor the situation in Haiti for more information as it becomes available.
Meanwhile, our sympathy goes out to the people of Haiti in the face of this tragic event.
(John Weis, Associate Vice President of Private Destinations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.)
Interested in helping? Royal Caribbean International is working with Food For The Poor and the Pan American Development Foundation. We encourage guests to make monetary donations to either of these organizations which are currently engaged in the relief effort. For even more information on Royal Caribbean’s humanitarian relief to Haiti, click HERE.