Caribbean Mourns Sandals Resorts Founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart

By Joe Pike, Unique Contributor 

The Caribbean is mourning just one of the titan’s of the region’s tourism industry, with the passing of Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the founder and chairman of Sandals Resorts Global. 

Stewart was 79.

Stewart was recognised for generating the all-inclusive huge, Sandals Resorts Global, which began in Jamaica right before turning into a location-huge powerhouse with manufacturers such as Sandals and Seashores.

“Our father was a singular character an unstoppable power who delighted in defying the odds by exceeding anticipations and whose passion for his household was matched only by the men and women and chance of the Caribbean, for whom he was a intense winner,” mentioned Adam Stewart, who is the Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts Global. “Nothing, except maybe a terrific fishing daycould arrive in advance of spouse and children to my dad.  And whilst the entire world recognized him to be a phenomenal businessman – which he was, his very first and most vital devotion was generally to us.  We will pass up him terribly endlessly.”

Many vacation specialists credit Sandals for creating the all-inclusive market place in the Caribbean as profitable and prosperous as it has been.

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Stewart turned the former Bay Roc hotel into Sandals Montego Bay in 1981, the company’s 1st-ever vacation resort.

According to a assertion issued by Vanessa Ledesma, acting CEO and director standard of the Caribbean Lodge and Tourism Affiliation, “Our sector will eternally be indebted to ‘Butch’ for his continued passion for excellence and famous Caribbean hospitality. His vision has bestowed to the international field a Caribbean corporation that adheres to the highest requirements of excellence, celebrates and encourages the region’s uniqueness, and invests in the advancement of our folks and communities.” 

Stewart, who was just one of the initial winners of the Caribbean Hotelier of the Yr award, “was a excellent supporter of the Caribbean Lodge and Tourism Affiliation and an inspiration to so several of us in the location,” in accordance to the statement.

“Butch Stewart loved Sandals,” Sandals Resorts International said in a assertion. “At the time of his passing, he was tricky at perform on ideas for the not too long ago introduced expansions to the Dutch island of Curaçao and St. Vincent.”

Condolences for Stewart poured in from all over the location, from places wherever Stewart experienced accommodations like Antigua and Barbuda and Saint Lucia to the US Virgin Islands, exactly where officials hailed result on the expansion of tourism and its effects on Caribbean communities. 

These types of was Stewart’s influence on the wider region and its economic climate. 

“I have had the privilege of performing with Mr. Stewart over quite a few a long time, and his enthusiasm and eyesight for tourism in Jamaica and across the broader Caribbean region is unparalleled,” claimed John Lynch, Chairman of the Jamaica Vacationer Board. “He will be remembered for his groundbreaking operate in expanding the all-inclusive thought in this article and in the Caribbean and we’re self-confident his wealthy legacy will be preserved.”

The Bahamas, where Stewart had a few hotels, such as in Nassau and Exuma, mentioned in a assertion “Butch impacted our nationwide financial system by directing the crafting of a signature family vacation expertise — the Sandals holiday — which has become an integral component of the tourism solution of The Islands of The Bahamas.”

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Butch Stewart, a key companion in our tourism business who has still left an indelible mark on the Bahamas’s hospitality sector,” explained reported Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation, Dionisio D’Aguilar. “Butch’s vision for hospitality will stay on to be loved by long term guests at Nassau’s Sandals Royal Bahamian as very well as Sandals Emerald Bay and Fowl Cay Resort in Exuma.”

Sandals mentioned these wishing to share recollections and condolences could do so by emailing [email protected]

— CJ