Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman and founder of Sandals Resorts International, was honoured recently at The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank’s Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, held in Montego Bay, Nov. 27-29.
At the conference’s Gala Dinner and Tourism Icon Awards, the UNWTO, in association with Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, presented Stewart with the Global Legend of the Caribbean Award in recognition of his long and outstanding contribution to sustainable global tourism growth and job creation in the Caribbean.
“Knowing the humble beginnings of this company and after 36 years in this industry, I can truly say it is an honour to receive this award. Sandals is a homegrown brand with proud roots in Jamaica and the Caribbean and I am happy we have been able to have such an impact on the region by bringing guests from across the world to our beautiful shores and by creating jobs for Caribbean nationals,” said Stewart.
Pictured (l-r) Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman and CEO, Sandals Resorts International, Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Allen Chastanet, Prime Minster of Saint Lucia, and Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica.