Offering sincerest condolences to the Stewart, Observer, ATL, and Sandals families, the PNP President said Butch Stewart was a remarkable business leader, a tourism mogul extraordinaire, and a patriot. “Jamaica salutes his memory for his pathfinding work in tourism marketing, and for the contribution he made to the growth of regional tourism,” he said.
Golding pointed out that throughout his long and illustrious career, Stewart has always pioneered initiatives that have achieved stellar success.
“This is the case with the all-inclusive tourism product or the Butch Stewart initiative in the early 1990s that led to a revaluation of the Jamaican dollar against the USD. His development and investment in the Jamaica Observer newspaper is also an outstanding contribution to national development,” Golding noted.
Butch Stewart remained affable and gregarious throughout his life, and the news of his passing has come as a shock to many. We offer our sympathies to his family.
May he rest in peace Golding added.
Meanwhile, Opposition spokesman on Tourism Senator Janice Allen has expressed shock and sadness at the passing of Mr. Stewart, the man who created the iconic luxury vacation experience, Sandals.
She pointed out that four decades ago, the award-winning Sandals brand was created and the genius that was Gordon “Butch” Stewart since then, has led the way in the growth of Jamaica’s tourism product through constant innovation and by giving tourists their dream and then some.
“His luxury all-inclusive brand reshaped tourism not only in the Caribbean but worldwide and for that Jamaica owes him a debt of gratitude,” said Senator Allen.
The Shadow Minister went on to say “many Jamaicans who have been involved in the tourist industry, if not employed at some point in time by Sandals, has had a family member or close friend who has worked there. So many in the industry today can give credit to their growth in the tourism business to Gordon “Butch” Stewart. He had an uncanny ability to see potential in individuals and pushed them beyond the ordinary. The man was a true legend and pioneer who was pivotal in the development of the all-inclusive concept.”
A true patriot, a maverick entrepreneur, an unapologetic believer in Jamaica and Jamaica’s tourism. We know that his dreams and vision will live on as his son Sandals Deputy Chairman, Mr Adam Stewart steers the brand into the 21st Century and beyond.
“I extend sincere condolences his family and of course the entire Sandals family that is spread across the globe. May this giant of a man Rest in Eternal Peace,” said Senator Allen.
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