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Haiti - FLASH : The 5 stars Best Western hotel, victim of the crisis, announces its final closure
This 7-storey hotel, comprising 106 rooms, located in the posh district of Pétion-ville, opened in March 2013 https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-8220-haiti-economy-the-new-hotel-best-western-premier-opens-its-doors.html . Built at a cost of 15 million US dollars and financed locally by the Carabimmo group, it was largely owned by Haitians. This closure will lay off 150 direct jobs exclusively Haitian and 500 other indirect.
For Stanley Handal, this final closure "is a blow to the tourism sector in Haiti," emphasizing "[...] There are no tourists, no one comes to stay at the hotel [...] there is no reason to stay open..." adding that the Best Western International franchisor has been informed of this definitive closure, stating that as of October 31 "[...] we will no longer be on Best Western's global network [...]" Concerning the building and the movable property of the hotel he specified "If there are people interested in buying them, we will sell. Otherwise we will wait [...]"
Best Western is not the only hotel victims of the mobilizations and the socio-political crisis that paralyzes the whole country and in which sinks Haiti https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29048-haiti-crisis-tourist-establishments-targets-of-protesters-attacks.html On October 17, the Hôtel Mont-Joli in Cap-Haïtien, attacked by individuals on the sidelines of a radical opposition demonstration, also threw in the towel and announced a cessation of its operations. Even the hotels on the Côte des Arcadins are caught in the turmoil and many jobs are in danger...
The tourism sector is gradually collapsing and nothing can predict the end of this crisis... https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28985-haiti-tourism-the-tourist-association-of-haiti-condemns.html
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