Marriott International and Digicel open new Hotel in Haiti
Here is a picture of the new Marriott International as Digicel new hotel
The latest of the brand new hotels that have been added to the list of Haiti's new tourism vectors is the Port-au-Prince Marriott, an undertaking that has taken four years to complete. Its opening was so important as to draw the attention of the Haitian Head of State, President Michel Martelly, who was on hand for the inauguration. Today, the hotel is up and running, bringing in tourist dollars to the tune of from US $149 to US $179 per night.
For a country that has been challenged recently with a political standoff that has led to multiple demonstration, an oil strike, and various other riots against the administration, the opening of the hotel was a bright spark for the promise it brings to the communities of Port-au-Prince and the larger Haitian Diaspora. Digicel Group head Denis O'Brien mentioned on the occasion that Haiti was not the only country struggling with unrest. He explained that the country's problems weren't enough to deter visitors and investors, he himself being an overseas investor.
Also present at the event was former President of the United States Bill Clinton. In his address to them, President Clinton highlighted the chance the hotel's 200 workers have to be the face of Haitian tourism every day, showing visitors the warmth, hospitality, and professionalism the country has to offer. Nearly all of the workers are from the Haitian workforce, many of them from needy backgrounds. Digicel Foundation, Marriott Hotel group and the Bill Clinton Foundation were the partners in the project.