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U.S. Hotel Chains Returning to Haiti

Friday, 08 Jan 2010 09:43 AM

A decade after Haiti's only U.S. hotel franchise removed its marquee from a downtown Port-au-Prince building, the Caribbean nation is preparing to welcome its first international hotel brand.

Choice Hotels International, owners of Comfort Inn, is franchising its brand to two hotels in touristy Jacmel, a quaint seaside town in southeast Haiti known for its spell-binding carnival and viewed as Haiti's arts capital.

Later this month, construction is expected to begin on a 120-room boutique hotel, the Belle Rive, that will become part of Choice Hotels' Ascend Collection. In May, the Cap Lamandou, a 32-room hotel on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean sea, will become a Comfort Inn.

Both hotels are owned by a group of Haitian-American investors, whose 60 shareholders range from doctors to lawyers to engineers living in New York, Chicago and Miami.

``It's an opportunity for Choice to be on the front end of what our franchisee calls the Haiti renaissance,'' Brian Parker, vice president of emerging markets and new business developments for Choice Hotels International, told The Miami Herald. ``We know their tourism industry is going to turn for the better and we want to be a part of that.''

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