Hotel construction brings new hope for Haiti

Hotel News - 13/12/2012

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The launch of a new hotel in Haiti is being seen as a significant step in the country’s post-earthquake recovery.

Wednesday saw the opening of the Royal Oasis Hotel in Port-au-Prince, nearly three years after the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation. And two other major hotels, including the Best Western Premier and a new property from Spanish firm NH Hoteles, are set to open their doors in the Haitian capital in the coming months.

The Oasis property is the first internationally recognised hotel brand to set up shop in the country in several years.

Meanwhile, Marriott International is set to break ground on a brand new property later this month, and French firm Clarion is in the process of taking the reigns at a major hotel in the tourist resort of Jacmel.

The country’s minister of tourism told media that the rebirth of the hospitality industry in Haiti sends a “strong message” to the world that the country is preparing itself to be a world-renowned tourist destination.

But despite the optimism and growing construction of new hotels, hundreds of thousands remain homeless; recent estimates in October said that there were still almost 350,000 people living in post-earthquake settlements and humanitarian camps.

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