Marriott's first hotel in Haiti is scheduled to open in Port-au-Prince in 2014.

Marriott will manage the $45 million, 173-room hotel under an agreement with ownership group Unigestion Holding, a subsidiary of Digicel Group, Haiti’s largest telecommunications provider.

The Clinton Foundation, headed by former President Bill Clinton, worked closely with Marriott and Digicel to develop the project.

Marriott Haiti“This new hotel project will stand as a symbol of Haiti’s recovery, providing much-needed jobs to the Haitian people and encouraging foreigners to visit, invest and work in Haiti,” Clinton said.

Construction will start next year. The hotel will be located in the capital city’s Haute Turgeau area.

Currently, Port-au-Prince has approximately 500 hotel rooms, and none have adequate meeting space for groups working to rebuild the city.

The hotel is expected to generate 175 jobs, and Marriott will invest in hospitality training.

Facilities will include Internet and WiFi, a restaurant, lobby bar and lounge and 24-hour room service, meeting space, a fitness center, a pool and convenience store.

The announcement was made in Haiti on Monday during a ceremony with Clinton, Marriott International President Arne Sorenson and other officials.

“This hotel is one more signal that Haiti is open for business,” Sorenson said.

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