Marriott and Bill Clinton open Haiti hotel doors

Former US president participates in ribbon cutting
Rarely has a struggling tourist destination so needed a hotel. The new Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel is checking in its first guests, and among the 200 new employees who are welcoming them are young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as Haitian-Americans who want to share their hospitality skills to boost the tourism economy of the earthquake-stricken country.
Marriott International cites stories like Luccardo’s, who was recruited to work at the front desk from the Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs orphanage, and Hermine who was part of the hotel’s intern program and will be an entry-level supervisor.
In addition to the Haitian-American executive team, the Haiti Marriott is being led by a veteran Marriott general manager who was previously at the Marriott Champs Elysees in Paris.
Joined at a celebration ceremony by Haiti President Michel Martelly and former US President Bill Clinton, hotel executives thanked the Kier Construction Company sub-contractors and Haitian construction workers who built the hotel. The hotel officially opens on March 1 and a formal grand opening event is planned for June.
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[photo courtesy Marriott International]

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