A travel industry stalwart is appealing to the trade to help his fundraising efforts for Haiti, which is reeling from the effects of Hurricane Matthew this week.
Jean-Marc Flambert, director, Your Tourism Partner, plans to visit Haiti on a mission to buy local artwork. He aims to sell it in the UK and is seeking pledges to make the trip worthwhile.
Flambert, who is half-Haitian, explained: "I am not equipped to provide first line response – water, food, shelter or clothes but these will be needed. There have already been deaths and I would imagine more than 200,000 left homeless if not one million. I will fly to Haiti mid October and buy Haitian art from artists affected by Hurricane Matthew. Trade not aid. This will put money directly into their hands, help them cope with their losses and allow them to plot their own destiny."
He added: "I hope to buy £10,000 worth of art and Your Tourism Partner Ltd will cover my costs such as flights and accommodation. Therefore I need people to pledge their support today. If each of you buy £10, I need 1,000 partners. However, if you can buy £100 worth, then I just need 100 partners. Why not buy a Christmas gift and help Haiti at the same time."