Choice Hotels to Open Haiti's First Chain Hotel in a Decade

Although last month's earthquake caused damage and delays, Choice Hotels still plans to open two new hotels in the coastal city of Jacmel, Haiti, later this year, it announced last week. The properties, a 32-room Comfort Inn hotel and a 120-room Ascend Collection member hotel, will be the first Choice-brand hotels for Haiti and the first global hotel brand for the island nation in over a decade.

"Although the earthquake caused massive destruction and set back timetables, Choice Hotels together with the hotel owner and developer, SIMACT, will continue to collaborate to see these projects to completion and open two great properties in this coastal Caribbean town," said Brian Parker, vice president of emerging markets and new business development.

According to Parker, the site of Choice's planned Comfort Inn—a conversion—did not experience any structural damage and is currently providing shelter to guests and local families who lost their homes in the earthquake.

The new Comfort Inn currently is scheduled to open in May. The upscale Ascend hotel, meanwhile, will open this fall.