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Monday 20 November 2017

Haiti gets new Marriott as earthquake recovery continues

Denis O'Brien, Digicel's Irish chief executive, and Haiti's President Michel Martelly (R) shake hands as former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L, rear) sits near, during the opening ceremony of a Marriott hotel in Port-au-Prince February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares
Denis O'Brien, Digicel's Irish chief executive, and Haiti's President Michel Martelly (R) shake hands as former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L, rear) sits near, during the opening ceremony of a Marriott hotel in Port-au-Prince February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

A new Marriott hotel opened in Port-au-Prince in Haiti today as the country slowly recovers from the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Haiti President Michel Martelly, former US President Bill Clinton and Digicel chairman Denis O’Brien were among those at the opening ahead of an official opening this weekend.

The decision to build the Marriott Port-au-Prince began four years ago when Marriott International reached out to the Clinton Foundation to propose a new hotel to help Haiti rebuild its tourism industry after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

The company found a partner in Digicel Group, which has invested US$45m to build the 175-room hotel.

“I am grateful to Marriott and Digicel for their commitment to this project, and hope that its success will inspire further investment and opportunity in Haiti,” Mr Clinton said yesterday.

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