Following more than a week of protests in Port-au-Prince, several online booking sites, such as Orbitz and Expedia, have removed Haiti from their travel options, citing Haiti’s airport as “illegal.” When users search for Haiti, either an error message appears, or an alert prompting users to enter a new city name or airport code shows.
“We are always looking ahead at global events that might impact the safety and wellbeing of travelers,” said Expedia Group, one of the world’s leading travel companies, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes Orbtiz and Expedia, in a statement to the Haitian Times.
“Relevant government agencies’ travel advice for Haiti are now at a level of travel concern because of crime and violent demonstrations, and we have stopped selling booking options – such as flights and hotels – to and in Haiti. This ‘stop sell’ will remain in effect until the situation in Haiti improves and travel advice changes. Once governmental advice reaches a certain level of travel concern, we take action to close off destinations on our sites.”