A new hotel in Haiti
The Marriott Port-au-Prince five years after the quake
The Marriott Port-au-Prince in the island’s Haut Turgeau region opened in February, five years after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed more than 160,000 people and displaced 1.5 million. The 175-room hotel was an initiative between Marriott International and the Clinton Foundation with a US$45-million investment from the phone-network provider Digicel Group. About 1100 jobs were created throughout the construction phase; 200 afterwards at the hotel itself. There’s Haitian art — from papier-mâché masks and voodoo flags to stone-and-wood sculptures and metalwork — throughout. Fair-trade soaps are from local producer Ayiti Natives, which uses island herbs, fruits and nuts, and employs Haitian woman, often from the poorest villages. All of its coffee is from the Haitian company Rebo Coffee; produce is from Afe Neg Combite, a Kenscoff-based co-op made up of 5500 farmers. The Marriott is also collaborating with the country’s Ministry of Tourism and World Central Kitchen on a hospitality curriculum for culinary students. Construction of the École Hotelier should be completed this year. Rooms start at US$149. marriott.com/hotels/travel/papmc-marriott-port-au-prince-hotel.
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