St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – 12th January, 2021 – The Ministry of Tourism and the Grenada Tourism Authority extend congratulations to Grenadian sons of the soil, recently recognized in her majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

2020 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year, Leo Garbutt was recognized with a Member of the Order of the British Empire Award for services to the hospitality industry. Garbutt who has given 30 years of service to the Tourism industry in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is the owner of one of Grenada’s premier luxury properties, the Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel.

The family owned, Calabash, Grenada’s first Relais and Chateau property has enriched Grenada’s Tourism portfolio with quality room stock and international recognition. Along with his family and team at Calabash, Garbutt has been a strong advocate of education, being a trustee of Grenada Schools Inc., which has built 25 libraries in primary schools across Grenada and Carriacou.

Also recognized was seven-time Formula 1 Champion Lewis Hamilton whose grandfather is Grenadian. He was knighted for services to Motorsport. Hamilton’s achievement in Motorsport history is extraordinary and he continues to mention the homeland of his grandfather and his memories there in interviews on global platforms.

Additionally, UK singer and songwriter Craig David who has Grenadian roots was recognized with an Order of the British Empire designation. David appeared on UK TV’s Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast which traced his ancestral roots and connections to Grenada.

Speaking of the achievements, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen said, “We congratulate and applaud these individuals on their contributions and recognition they have brought to this tri-island nation. Our generations to come can be inspired by what they have achieved.”

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Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique: three islands, one unique destination. Located in the southernmost region of the Caribbean, the World Travel & Tourism Council “Safe Travels” approved destination is committed to protecting the health and safety of both travelers and residents on its shores. Best known as the “Spice Island of the Caribbean,” Grenada’s careful approach to tourism sustainability, amplified by the “Pure Safe Travel” initiative, encourages visitors to plan and book their next stay at one of the destination’s luxury beach-front resorts or barefoot-chic boutique hotels and villas. With 50 world-class white sand beaches, more than 15 breathtaking waterfalls, countless hiking trails, more than 60 unforgettable dive sites including the largest shipwreck in the Caribbean, ‘Bianca C’ and the world’s first Underwater Sculpture Park as well as offering unmatched charm, warm and friendly hospitality, each visitor can seamlessly tailor a beyond-the-ordinary Pure Grenada experience, Just-For-you. There are non-stop and direct flights to Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport from the US on American Airlines and JetBlue, Caribbean on Caribbean Airlines, InterCaribbean  Airlines and One Caribbean, and Canada on Air Canada, making the island accessible to visitors from around the world that wish to experience Pure Grenada, Pure Carriacou & Pure Petite Martinique. For more information on travel requirements and Pure Safe Travel approved accommodations and vendors, visit

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