Appointed to the post of Minister of Tourism since October 2011, Hon. Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin became the youngest member of the Presidential Cabinet and the youngest person in Haiti to be nominated to that position. Mrs Villedrouin was born in Caracas, Venezuela on March 29, 1982 when her father was a diplomat.
Hon. Villedrouin attended a Catholic school from kindergarten to high school then proceeded to “Puntificie Universidad Madre y Maestra” (PUCMM) in the Dominican Republic. Her field of choice was Hotel Management and Tourism. She has set some prestigious goals, for Haiti including leading this country to be one of the top five destinations of the Caribbean; The Minister sets forth her strategy of developing the sector by promoting tourism investment to attract and accompany potential investors. In the past two years, she has signed numerous contracts to help the students in the tourism field to acquire more knowledge and experience through better education. She has launched a Hibiscus quality control for the Hotels as well as the Touristic Police Corp. More than twenty sites have been redeveloped as part of her effort to promote local and international tourism. Presently, the main focus for Hon. Villedrouin is the development project for “Ile a Vache”, a paradise island on the south Coast of Haiti which was classified on the world„s best beaches for 2013. All the economic indicators reveal that the tourism sector is growing in Haiti.
Prior to her nomination, Hon. Villedrouin has a board member of The Haitian Tourism Association for more than 5 years. She also served the community by becoming a voluntary teacher in the private University of Quisqueya. Her efforts have helped to raise the awareness of both public and private sectors in this industry and helped them realize the outstanding role that Tourism plays in the country‟s economy. Hon. Villedrouin is considered a driving force in this new era.