“I want to thank Marriott for more than the hotel, more than the jobs, more than the training, more than the income,” Clinton said. “I want to thank them for giving all of you the chance to show the real Haiti to the world that will come to this hotel.”
A $45 million investment, the 175-room hotel is owned by Digicel Group, Haiti’s largest mobile provider. Company founder and CEO Denis O’Brien joined Clinton in inaugurating the 11-story ornate structure in Port-au-Prince’s Turgeau neighborhood, ahead of its official March 1 opening.
“I know lots of people were asking: What on earth is a telecom company doing getting into the hotel business?” O’Brien said. “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 chief executive officer of Marriott International] and myself on this project was, ‘Let’s do this together for Haiti.’ ” via | Miami Herald