Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has led a sequence of heartfelt tributes to Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, founding father of Sandals Resorts Worldwide, who died earlier this week.
Stewart died in the USA on the age of 79 after a brief sickness.
Bartlett expressed his deep unhappiness on the passing and stated: “Butch was actually an icon and innovator, philanthropist and maybe the best marketer tourism has ever seen.
“Sandals is certainly the most important and most enduring model created by a Caribbean entrepreneur in tourism and arguably the world as we speak and the usual by which luxurious all-inclusive is judged.
“I hail him as a father, chief, benefactor, and the best tourism entrepreneur of our time.
“His passing is actually devastating,” stated the minister.
Stewart was the founding father of Sandals Resorts, the main lodge chain within the Caribbean, Seashores Resorts, and their father or mother firm Sandals Resorts Worldwide.
He was additionally the founder and chairman of the ATL Group of Firms and the Jamaica Observer.
“Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has made an indelible mark.
“He has established himself as not simply the usual by which entrepreneurship could be judged, however he has established a model that has change into world and can also be the strongest assertion that small island states akin to Jamaica could make on world scenes, regardless of their areas of involvement,” stated Bartlett.
“I believe that we are able to look again on his life and instances and draw inspiration from the success that he has had.
“However I believe, most significantly, we could be impressed by his resilience and the truth that he has began from nowhere, and has ended up as being one of the vital celebrated human beings that Jamaica has produced within the final century,” he added.
Stewart ventured into the hospitality enterprise in 1981 with the acquisition of properties in Montego Bay, St James, one in all which was upgraded and later launched because the precursor to what’s now Sandals Montego Bay.
The Jamaica Vacationer Board echoed the emotions, providing its honest condolences to his widow Cheryl, his seven youngsters, instant and prolonged household.
In reflecting on his passing, chairman of the Jamaica Vacationer Board, John Lynch, who labored with Stewart for many years spoke of his dedication to excellence.
“I’ve had the privilege of working with Stewart over a few years, and his ardour and imaginative and prescient for tourism in Jamaica and throughout the broader Caribbean area is unparalleled.
“He might be remembered for his ground-breaking work in rising the all-inclusive idea right here and within the Caribbean and we’re assured his wealthy legacy might be preserved.”
Stewart was a pacesetter within the hospitality business, influencing the all-inclusive resort in a means that reshaped the notion of luxurious.
He was awarded a lot of honours through the years, together with the Order of Jamaica (OJ), Commander of the Order of Distinction (OD) and World Iconic Legend of tourism at a UNWTO gala dinner held on the Montego Bay Conference Centre in 2017.
On the Jamaica Vacationer Board he served two stints as a member of the board of administrators, from September 1984 to March 1986 and February 1989 to July 1997, and his important contribution helped to make Jamaica a world-class vacation spot.
Donovan White, Jamaica director of tourism, stated he believed: “The business has misplaced a tourism large, and although I by no means had the privilege of working with Stewart, I really feel like I do know him personally, as a result of the proof of his onerous work, ardour, love for Jamaica, dedication and dedication to excellence is unmistakably evident round us.
“Jamaica and the Caribbean have benefitted considerably from his insights and funding in journey and tourism and there are a lot of who’ve attested to the influence of his tutelage.
“Jamaica’s tourism is richer for his distinctive management and unstoppable imaginative and prescient and we are going to proceed to construct on that wealthy legacy.”
An announcement from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) added Stewart had been a devoted and passionate servant of Caribbean tourism for 4 a long time and his dedication was totally demonstrated by way of his many excellent achievements.
His was a digital lifetime of excessive efficiency, devotion to nation and the Caribbean and dedication to excellence within the hospitality sector, added the assertion.
“Stewart was a mentor to many, and his contributions have touched nearly each sector of Jamaican and Caribbean society,” stated the CTO.
“His passing is a good loss to your complete area.
“He was a real journey and tourism and enterprise icon, and his legacy will form future generations.”
Vanessa Ledesma, appearing chief government of the Caribbean Lodge & Tourism Affiliation, stated the business was morning an icon.
“As we mourn the lack of Caribbean tourism icon the honourable Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, we lengthen our heartfelt condolences to the Stewart household and the 1000’s of prolonged members of the family within the Sandals organisation.
“Our business will eternally be indebted to Butch for his continued ardour for excellence and legendary Caribbean hospitality.
“His imaginative and prescient has bestowed to the worldwide business a Caribbean group that adheres to the very best requirements of excellence, celebrates and promotes the area’s uniqueness, and invests within the growth of our individuals and communities.
“Stewart, one of many first recipients of the Caribbean Hotelier of the 12 months distinction, was an excellent supporter of the Caribbean Lodge and Tourism Affiliation and an inspiration to so many people within the area.
“Allow us to protect and construct upon his legacy by persevering with to assist the event of our business.”
A non-public funeral service might be held.
For extra on the lifetime of Butch Stewart check out the Breaking Journey Information obituary here.