Marriott Helps Heal Haiti with New Hotel in Port-Au-Prince
For the first time in a long time, the people of Haiti, and in particularly the city of Port-au-Prince, have something to be excited about. After the devastating 7.0 earthquake of January 2010 which killed 316,000 people, left a million homeless and all but decimated the country's economy, Marriott Hotels has announced they will operate a new 173-room hotel in Port-au-Prince (which currently only has 500 hotels room in total), adding 175 new jobs to the economy.
The project is being developed by Digicel Group Ltd. but both Marriott and The Clinton Foundation worked together to bring the hotel to fruition. In fact, President Bill Clinton made the announcement himself last night.
“This new hotel project 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 President Clinton. "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."
Construction on the hotel will begin in 2012. When completed, it will offer 168 rooms and five suites all fitted with Marriott's signature amenities like premium bedding, high-speed internet and flat-screen TVs. The dining options will include a casual restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge and 24-hour room service. There will also be meeting spaces as well as a fitness center, swimming pool and a gift shop/marketplace.
The hotel, located in the Haute Turgeau area of Port-au-Prince, should open by 2014.
Pictured are from left: Denis O’Brien, chairman of Digicel, the ownership group which will design and build the hotel; President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, instrumental in bringing Digicel and Marriott together; Arne Sorenson, president and COO of Marriott International, which will operate the hotel under the company’s flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand; and Haiti's Prime Minister Dr. Garry Conille.
[Photo: Jean Jacques Augustin]