Haiti occupies the eastern end of the island of Hispaniola (with the western side being Dominican Republic). Approximately 10 percent of Haiti's population of 10.5 million lives in its capital Port-au-Prince. With the island in the midst of a building boom, Haiti event venues are eager to welcome international groups.
Haiti's principal airport is the Toussaint Louverture International Airport (PAP), which is in the Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Tabarre, six miles northeast of the center of the capital. It has North American flights to Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Montreal and New York City.
While there no convention venues in Haiti yet, there are plans to build a dedicated convention center in Port-au-Prince. The new facility will sit close to the central bank and have seven meeting and function rooms covering a little more than 40,000 square feet.
Currently, hotel venues in Haiti host groups happily in such Port-au-Prince properties as the 95-room Le Plaza, which has eight meeting and function spaces catering to up to 300 persons; the 87-room Karibe Hotel, which has the Karibe Convention Center able to host up to 1,000 persons; the 72-room NH Haiti El Rancho, which has six meeting areas for up to 275 persons, and the 36-room Kinam Hotel, which has rooms for events of up to 500 persons. In the nearby beach of Carrefour is the wonderful resort of 54-room Auberge du Quebec, which has a conference room.
Hotels can also double as special event venues in Haiti; in Port-au-Prince the Hotel Oloffson is a Gothic gingerbread hotel with event space, a tropical garden, 20 guest rooms, a house band (formerly a protest band who risked a great deal), a mention in a Graham Greene novel (fictitious name, Trianon Hotel) and supposedly an influence on the art of New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams (of Addams Family fame). Other options outside of the capital include the Hotel L'Ermitage de Pandiassou, which is the cooler Central Plateau Region and has 40 acres of land, including a large lake, and conference and event space; Kaliko Beach Club, a beach resort in Cote des Arcadins 35 miles north of Port-au-Prince, which has a pool, the sea, conference space and a restaurant; Villa Nicole, another beachside gem with all the requisites of paradise, on the country's south coast close to the wonderful, Colonial town of Jacmel, and, on the other side of the island, on the north coast close to Cap-Haitien, Mont Joli, a hotel with a pool, restaurant and perch high above the Caribbean Sea.
Restaurants in Port-au-Prince perfect for groups tend towards delicious French-Creole fare and include La Souvenance, considered by many to the city's best; La Table de Caius; Magdos; Arc-en-Ciel, and Tiffany's. Ask your hotel or tourism contact for more details.