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Former US president Bill Clinton welcomed the new US$45 million Marriott hotel here, saying it provides an opportunity for the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country "to show the real Haiti to the rest of the world", reports (Feb. 26, 2015). The 1275-room hotel is owned by the Digicel group, Haiti's largest mobile provider, and its founder and CEO Denis O'Brien defended the company's entry into the tourism sector here. "I know lots of people were asking, what on earth is a telecom company doing getting into the hotel business? The idea of investing in this new Marriott Hotel came from Haiti's great friend, President Clinton ... His guiding words to Arne (Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott Intl) and myself on this project was, 'Let's do this together for Haiti." Haiti's hotel stock suffered tremendously in 2012 when an earthquake destroyed most of the infrastructure including hotels and reducing the room count by 1,000. Tourism Minister Stephanie Villedrouin Balmir said since the earthquake 2,500 new hotel rooms have been built countrywide, bringing the total to 4,322. He said the hotel, which will create at least 200 new jobs, is the fourth international brand to invest in the hotel sector here.

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Title Annotation:HAITI; Marriott hotel's marketing
Publication:Caribbean Update
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Apr 1, 2015
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