Digicel Group to Build Hotel in Haiti; Property to Operate Under Marriott Brand

Marriott International announced Tuesday it would open the $45 million, 173-room Port-au-Prince Marriott Hotel in Haiti, under a management agreement with ownership group Unigestion Holding S.A., a subsidiary of Digicel Group Ltd.

In addition to creating 175 new jobs, Marriott will invest in hospitality training to benefit Haiti's tourism sector.

Digicel Group is responsible for designing and building the hotel and chose Marriott International’s flagship Marriott Hotels & Resorts brand as its operating partner under a long-term management agreement. Construction on the property is expected to begin in 2012, with opening expected in mid-2014.

With roughly 500 hotel rooms operating in the city, the Port-au-Prince Marriott will add 173 rooms to the capital city and create much needed lodging and meeting space for business travelers seeking to invest in the country, non-government organizations (NGOs), humanitarian organizations, reconstruction teams, financial institutions and visitors to the capital. Port-au-Prince is located in the southern part of the country on the Gulf of Gonave and is home to roughly 20 percent of the country’s population.

The Clinton Foundation has worked closely with Marriott and Digicel to develop this project.

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