PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Marriott International is preparing to open its first hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2014, as the country continues to rebuild following a devastating 2010 earthquake.
“This new hotel will stand as a symbol of Haiti’s recovery, providing much needed jobs to the Haitian people and encouraging foreigners to visit, invest and work in Port-au-Prince,” said Bill Clinton, who attended the announcement ceremony. “My foundation has worked with both Marriott and Digicel, and encouraged them to form this partnership. Their investment proves that Haiti is open for business and on the path to economic recovery.”
The new 173-room, $45-million property will provide hotel and conference facilities and employ hundreds of local workers.
Under a management agreement with Unigestion Holding S.A., a subsidiary of Digicel Group Ltd., Marriott has agreed to invest in hospitality training to improve Haiti’s tourism industry.