Former President Bill Clinton gives thumbs up to construction of country’s first airport hotel.

bill_clintonPlans to develop a 240-room hotel on a 5.3-acre site adjacent to Toussaint L'Ouverture Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti are underway. Argentine entrepreneur Rolando Gonzalez-Bunster, president of Basic Energy Ltd is spearheading a group of Caribbean developers to build Haiti's first airport hotel. The Haiti- based WIN Group, one of the country’s largest enterprises,   along with numerous other diversified entities will help with this project. The hotel property which will be independently operated is scheduled to be opened in 2012.

This is great news for Haiti tourism.  “Our goal is to encourage long-term sustainable investment in Haiti,” said former US President Bill Clinton, UN Special Envoy to Haiti and co-chair of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission (IHRC). “An adequate network of hotels is crucial to the country, and this venture is one example that the numerous facets needed to rebuild Port Au Prince are slowly getting under way.”

The hotel is a $33 million, 240-room project that will consist of conference facilities for up to 400 people, a workout center, a pool, spa facilities, lounges and tropical landscapes. The developers plan to build the hotel to exceed international earthquake standards. The elegant hotel complex that will have a Creole feel, is projected to take 18 months to construct and will have an on-site power plant and its own water treatment and sewage facilities.

WIN Group Managing Partner Youri Mevs announced that this is such an important project on so many levels.    “Not only will it provide badly-needed hotel and conference facilities, but will employ hundreds of local workers in desperate need of generating revenue to support themselves and their families.”

Future developments such as commercial office and retail outlets are also expected to be constructed near the airport hotel.

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