Abstract This thesis is concerned with tourism in Haiti and how people negotiate views in a contested space. I argue that Haiti is a contested space because of the various meanings that are ascribed to the country. I explore how a contested space can become a tourist space by examining how visitors move around in the country and create their concept of Haiti, and how this may contrast to other imaginaries of Haiti, particularly the imaginaries held by the Ministry of Tourism and small-scale businesses involved in tourism. By referring to a visitor definition of a traveler, I am able to include various types of guests in Haiti who do not conform to a stereotypical notion of a tourist. Amongst many visitors, Haiti as spatial category entails fear, notions of poverty, and misconceptions – ideas that originate from actual physical experiences. I show how the various concepts of Haiti are constructed. Haiti s Ministry of Tourism, Ministère du Tourisme, also play their part in constructing an image of Haiti as unique, an attempt to promote Haiti abroad in order to attract more visitors to the nation. This means that the spatial shape of Haiti is constructed by what I refer to as spacemakers. These are individuals found not only amongst travelers, but also as employees in the Ministry of Tourism and in the small-scale tourist businesses that I have documented. The latter of these spacemakers act as a medium through which visitors can explore Haiti. As the Ministry of Tourism is dependent on creating spatial categories that emphasize Haiti s positive features, it is important to explore the creation of Haiti s various spatial categories through experiences that involve actual movement around in the country. This may help the Ministry of Tourism with promoting an image of Haiti that visitors want to engage in. Overall, I make a point of examining the various experiences described by visitors in relation to a historical perspective. This serves the purpose of contextualizing some of the experiences described and demystifying some of the ideas held about Haiti.