That Really Is An Uphill Battle

Instead, the idea behind the Jacmel redevelopment is more about encouraging social tourism, or ‘voluntourism,’ where investors seek to promote the local culture as well as the beaches. “We’re here to kind of help repaint the image of what Haiti has,” says Capponi.

He recognizes that it may be an uphill battle. “If I wanted to start a business, open a hotel, this is not where I would start,” he says. “But in terms of life accomplishments, if we pull this off it will be worth it. I could die with a grin on my face and say ‘I had a hand in it.’”

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Michael really has his work cut out for him. Calling this an uphill battle is a bit of an understatement. Haiti is historically a very poor nation. With a corrupt government, poor neighbors, ruined infrastructure, a natural disaster to recover from, and a whole slew of other problems, Haiti really needs the help. It’s a lot to expect any nation to rebuild from this on its own, and to see Michael Capponi so willing to help is a great thing. It’s even kind of cheerful that he’s doing it as he best knows how, as a club owner. He knows his tourism, and he know how to make his clubs run well. He knows that this isn’t the best place to operate a business, but he doesn’t care. He’s just the right blend of crazy and determined. I like him! I hope his projects get finished and do better than he ever dreamed.