A Haitian Entrepreneur Dreams Big — and It Pays Off

Almost three years after its devastating earthquake, Haiti has a new luxury hotel: the Royal Oasis, a $35 million facility with 128 guest rooms, high-end shops and other amenities.

The project’s owner/developer is 45-year-old Jerry Tardieu, a Haitian entrepreneur who brought together 200 mostly Haitians shareholders to turn his vision into reality. The hotel’s investors ranged from struggling school teachers to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which made a $2 million equity investment that contributed to the creation of 400 construction jobs and the hiring of 350 hotel staffers.

The Royal Oasis is the country’s first internationally branded hotel in more than a decade and the first multi-million, locally built and financed project since Haiti’s January 12, 2o1o earthquake, according to this Miami Herald article.  The ten-level, earthquake resistant building has a $1,300-a-night presidential suite and a still-to-be-completed rooftop pool.

Eleven more hotel projects, including two scheduled to open early next year, are in the works for Haiti. For now, the country’s residents are happy to welcome the Royal Oasis, which President Michel Martelly called “a symbol of the new Haiti.”

“Royal Oasis is a beacon of modernity that we are all proud of,” said Tardieu in the Miami Herald article. “But mostly, it is a symbol of what we Haitians can do when we dare to dream big.”

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About Lynne Strang

I'm a writer who blogs about 40-and-older business owners. I am also the author of "Late-Blooming Entrepreneurs: Eight Principles for Starting a Business After Age 40." Outside of work, I enjoy reading, cooking, vegetable gardening and exercise (especially cycling).
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8 Responses to A Haitian Entrepreneur Dreams Big — and It Pays Off

  1. alebotelho says:

    Thanks for sharing!! My wife is on her way back from Port Au Prince now because she was just attending the groundbreaking ceremony for a new JW Marriott in Haiti. Its good to see that the country is on rebuild mode through the entrepreneurial hand.

  2. lbstrang says:

    And to you as well.

  3. Just goes to show – no matter the past and obstacles, dreams come true if you dream, make efforts, and persevere.

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