Canadian tourists told that Haiti is “safer”

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Canada is relaxing its Haiti travel advisory because of improving security in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

Haitian officials hope the Friday announcement will help revive tourism.

Canadians are now advised to exercise caution. The same level of precaution applies to the neighboring Dominican Republic. The United States and United Kingdom maintain higher alerts for Haiti.

Previously, Canadians were warned to avoid nonessential travel after a 2004 rebellion. That warning still applies to the city of Gonaives.

Haiti was a popular destination until years of turmoil in the 1980s. Now tourism is limited to a guarded cruise port and a handful of aid workers and backpackers exploring its beaches and historical monuments.