June 29 - Former U.S. President Bill Clinton tours the Haitian city of Jacmel on a trip to spur tourism and development in the earthquake-ravaged country. Sunita Rappai reports.
The picturesque beach town of Jacmel - one of Haiti's most popular tourist destinations until the devastating earthquake two years ago. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton arrives in the area with a high-level tourism delegation to discuss ways of putting the area back on the map. He says he is optimistic about the future. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF CLINTON-BUSH HAITI FOUNDATION, BILL CLINTON, SAYING: ''The potential for growth is quite significant and tourism and in the arts and crafts and not just to bring people in from outside the country but also to provide a better environment for Haitians themselves." Clinton is touring Haiti on behalf of the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation which has so far raised 2.6 million dollars thus far to support nonprofits and businesses in the country on long-term projects. The Foundation was created after the 2010 catastrophe when U.S. president Barack Obama asked Clinton and George W Bush to fundraise for humanitarian relief for the earthquake-ravaged country. Sunita Rappai, Retuers