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November 29, 2011

On Haiti’s Horizon

The earthquake-ravaged nation gets good news from Marriott. Delivered by President Bill Clinton.

It’s not everyday that a U.S. president personally heralds the arrival of a new hotel.

President Clinton joined Marriott this week in announcing its first property to be built in Haiti — a nation still recovering from a crippling earthquake in 2010.

With only 500 hotel rooms currently in Port-au-Prince, the capital city has struggled to accommodate the influx of workers from relief agencies, humanitarian organizations and construction teams. According to Marriott, the Clinton Foundation has been actively involved in the development of this hotel project, and recommended the hotel company (which will manage the property) to the developers.

The $45-million Marriott will break ground in the new year and is planned to open in 2014. It will offer 168 rooms and five suites, high-speed Internet (a blessing in Haiti), a swimming pool, and nearly 5,000 square feet of meeting space (much-needed by relief teams).

In a city that’s home to 20 percent of Haiti’s population, the hotel is expected to create 175 new jobs.

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