The Haitian Government through the Ministry of Tourism, led by the dynamic Minister of Tourism Stephanie Balmir Villedrouin has chosen a 16-mile stretch of largely unoccupied beach-front on the country's southern coast, known as Côtes-de-Fer ("The Iron Coast"), on which to build.
The Ministry of Tourism estimates the development will cost $350 million in private investment to develop the area, including infrastructures like utilities, a sewer system and roads.
The plan calls for an international airport, an 18-hole golf course, a world-class full-service polo club and 4,000 new hotel rooms, which would be a 50% increase from the island's current room count. Côtes-de-Fer represents Haiti's most ambitious hotel/resort and real-estate project in 30 years. Mrs. Villedrouin has been traveling the U.S. and Europe lining up investors as well as hotel operators to run the properties, pitching a 15-year tax-free investment period and the chance to get in on the ground floor.
The government is aiming for the first phase of the plan, which includes four hotels and the airport with its own passport station, to open by 2020.