Haiti - Tourism : An overview of tourism development in Haiti
Among the new buildings planned for Port-au-Prince, the Hotel des Artistes, close to the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, with a capacity of 250 rooms, will also include conference rooms and will respect the typical architecture of Haiti. Built on a property of 21 acres, the hotel will be managed by a private company. The beginning of the construction is scheduled for December 2011 and its completion in early 2013 "the investment of the Hotel des Artistes is about $ 38 million [...] The hotel will provide services to many Haitians who want to return to the country, who will be able to transit in the night before continuing their journey to their home town" Mevs added.
Marc Antoine Acra, CEO of Industries Acra stated that his company is one of those working to restore the El Rancho Hotel in Petionville, a hotel of 150 rooms of which 50 have been rendered unusable after the earthquake of January 2010. Stating that the rehabilitation of the Hotel El Rancho, will cost between 6 and 8 million U.S. dollars without counting the 50 new rooms to be built.
The hotel of the chain Best Western, with a capacity of 130 rooms, will be rebuilt in the center of Petionville for approximately $20 million. The Hotel Karibe Convention Center which has 87 rooms [completed in February 2008], has undergone significant damage during the earthquake is being restored, while the famous Hotel Montana, which opened in 1947, completely destroyed in January 2010, will also be rebuilt.
But investment in tourism is not limited to hotels "The government seeks to implement an aggressive promotion of the airport and offers concessions for the reconstruction of regional airports," said Mevs, whose the company also plans to participate in an expansion of the commercial port of Port-au-Prince [a project estimated at USD$200 million]. "The tourism is a factor of transport throughout the Caribbean with beautiful beaches, but Haiti has a value-added culture. We must build access to beaches and historical monuments, is a matter of logistics."
With this in mind, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, has invested $50 million to expand the cruise ship port of Labadie. Last year, Labadie received close to 600,000 passengers, and should see that number increase in 2012. Investments include the construction of a road between Labadie and La Citadelle and the Palace Sans-Souci, monuments declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
"Royal Caribbean is expanding its cruise that stops at La Citadelle. Roads are built so that passengers can spend more money in Haiti" reported Mevs "The next step is the construction of hotels, so that people can stay for one night or several days and take next ship."
There are also plans to build a second port for cruise ships, larger than that of Labadie on the south coast of Haiti. San Aquino S.A. (Haitians and Dominicans investors) have obtained the concession for 50 years of government Martelly t to develop a complex for cruise ships in the Grosse Caye, an uninhabited island located three miles off the southern coast of Haiti, southwest of Jacmel.
The concession allows San Aquino S.A., to invest in tourism such as cruise ports, hotels, airport runways, shopping malls, marinas and other related businesses. It also offers investors a wide range of tax incentives and duty exemptions for goods imported for the construction of the project. The amount involved in this concession was not disclosed.
The construction will take place in four stages. In the first phase, the construction of a runway of 800 meters, a ferry dock for the shuttle and another for the arrival and departure of cruise ships, a commercial street, a typical village haitian, a craft market, an amphitheater, a mountain bike trail, a small fishing port and an aquarium.
The company, recently announced that it wanted to attract the promoters and developers interested in the construction of accommodations in Grosse Caye. According to the document "The island has several secluded beaches that offer the ideal environment for private life, the development of charming hotels and other small businesses".
See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-364-haiti-jacmel-projets-d-investissements-dans-le-domaine-du-tourisme.html (in french)
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-995-haiti-reconstruction-l-hotel-villa-saint-louis-sera-reconstruit.html (in french)
http://www.haitilibre.com/article-185-haiti-tourisme-l-hotel-montana-renaitra-de-ses-decombres.html (in french)