Haiti - Tourism : The epidemic knockout the Haitian hotel sector
The national hotel network which has already suffered from the socio-political crisis in 2019 which caused the permanent closure, among others, of the 5-star Best Western hotel https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29066-haiti-flash-the-5-stars-best-western-hotel-victim-of-the-crisis-announces-its-final-closure.html in Port-au-Prince and several other hotel structures in provinces, is now undergoing the strong consequences of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, which caused the cessation of all air and cruise activities in the world, bringing the final blow to the Haitian hotel sector, forcing the largest hotels in Haiti to temporarily close their doors.
The Royal Decameron Indigo Beach Resort, an internationally renowned tourist complex located on the coast of the Arcadins, said in a press release "We recognize and understand the difficult situation created by the global spread of the Covid19 virus which requires us to act quickly and responsibly towards our customers, our employees and the community at large. This is why we decided to temporarily cease receiving customers in our hotels, for a period of approximately two months."
The Covid-19 pandemic and its global repercussions hit the heart of the tourism sector in Haiti, forcing massive reductions in employees and the almost total suspension of world-class hotel infrastructure activities... including the 5-star Mariott Hotel
Richard Buteau, CEO of the Karibe hotel group, which includes hotels Serve Hôtel, Karibe, Palms Résidence, among others, said he had to lay off 90% of the staff deploring "The growing insecurity in the country, the political instability of the last two years and the Covid-19 have endangered our operations."
Other hotels such as the Royal Oasis, Montana, the Plaza Hotel and the Prince Hotel have taken the same path...
For most experts, the efforts made in recent years in the tourism sector in Haiti have disappeared and it will take many years of effort to put the country back on the map of world tourism...
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