Miami-based Carnival Corporation (“Carnival”), the largest cruise line in the world, has entered into an agreement with the government of Haiti to develop a new cruise port on Ile de la Tortue, an isolated barrier island of Haiti.
This is not the first cruise port development for Carnival. This new development will serve as a compliment to other ports it has developed in Half Moon Cay – Bahamas, Mahogany Bay- Honduras, Grand Turk – Turks & Caicos, and Amber Cove – Dominican Republic.
The project represents a major commitment to Haiti by Carnival and gives its brands, including but not limited to, Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Holland American Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Seabourn a new destination. It also will represent direct competition with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines port of Labadee in Haiti.
Ile de la Tortue is a remote island inhabited by some of the poorest people in one of the most impoverished countries in the Caribbean basin.
Haitian Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, has indicated the initial investment on the project will be $70 million and the Haitian government has begun to improve opportunities for the inhabitants of Ile de la Tortue by creating 1,000 jobs through the restaurant and sanitation industries.
Through the port, Carnival plans to employ more than 900 people. David Candib, vice president of development and operations for Carnival has said, “The development will create an exciting opportunity for our guest to enjoy a new, secluded and stunning destination, and create a tremendous economic impact for Haitians.”
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