The Haitian Government through the Ministry of Tourism, led by the dynamic Minister of Tourism Stephanie B. Villedrouin has chosen a 16-mile stretch of largely unoccupied beachfront on the country's southern coast, known as Côte de Fer, on which to build.
Haiti's Ministry of Tourism estimates the development will cost $350 million in private investment to develop the area, including infrastructure such as utilities, a sewer system and roads.
The plan calls for a new 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. Côte de Fer represents Haiti's most ambitious hotel/resort and real-estate project in 30 years. Tourism minister Stephanie B 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 2017.