GTA Statement on the Passing of Sandals Resorts International Founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart , OJ, CD, Hon. LLD
St. George’s, Grenada W.I. – 6th January, 2021 – The Ministry of Tourism and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) express sadness over news of the passing of Tourism business icon Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD. Stewart, the Chairman and Founding Director of Sandals International Resorts Ltd has been a beacon of inspiration in the Caribbean, creating a brand that has stood tall in the international market for decades.
The late Chairman evolved his love for sales and business into a passion that created the world-renowned all-inclusive Sandals hotel chain and his determination saw its quick expansion throughout the Caribbean, including Grenada. The partnership between Sandals and the Government of Grenada has enhanced Grenada’s Tourism profile by adding significant quality room stock to the destination and training, development and employment for hundreds of Grenadians. The Sandals Foundation has also made significant contributions to Grenadian society through funding for social programmes.
Speaking of Mr. Stewart’s impact, Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Climate Resilience and the Environment Hon. Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen said, “Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart was visionary and his memory will serve to inspire future Caribbean generations in breaking barriers and committing to excellence.”
The Ministry of Tourism and the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) extend condolences to the family and friends of the late Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart. May he rest in peace.
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 www.puregrenada.com.
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