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Choice Hotels Unsure of Future of Two Recently Announced Haiti Projects;
Too Soon to Know if Projects Will Move Forward

By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore SunMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Jan. 16, 2010--Silver Spring-based Choice Hotels International Inc. said Friday it's too soon to know whether two hotel projects planned for Haiti will move forward. Less than a week before Tuesday's earthquake leveled Port-au-Prince, the lodging company had announced plans to bring the first global hotel brand to the island in more than a decade. It had planned to open a Comfort Inn this year in the township of Jacmel and to start construction of an Ascend boutique hotel as part of a new luxury development of lodging, housing and shops, also in Jacmel. The hotels were to be owned by SIMACT, a New York-based investment company founded by Haitian professionals. A company spokesman said Friday he had no information about the status of either project.

- Lorraine Mirabella

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