SANDALS RESORTS INTERNATIONAL’S GORDON ‘BUTCH’ STEWART RECEIVES CACIQUE’S HIGHEST HONOR
Sandals Resorts International’s Chairman, the Honorable Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart was named the Bahamas’ Hotelier of the Year at the exclusive Cacique Awards event held by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
Stewart said that he was deeply humbled by the honor emphasizing that the Bahamas has shown great appreciation for his contributions to the hospitality industry for many years. “The Bahamas and its people have been returning the love for a long time. Tonight is just an incredible night; it’s an honor and a wonderful tribute to the thousands of team members who dedicate themselves to making Sandals the best both in the Bahamas and throughout the world.”
Sandals opened its first Bahamian resort in Nassau in 1996, Sandals Royal Bahamian, before opening Fowl Cay Resort in 2002 and most recently, Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma in 2008. Stewart received many plaudits when, at the height of a global economic downturn, he led Sandals Resorts into Great Exuma resurrecting the former Four Seasons property and opening Sandals Emerald Bay. The new resort brought a huge uptick to the island’s economy which had struggled following the former resort’s closure. “We have undertaken tremendous work at each of our resorts here developing them, upgrading and modernizing them, as well as launching comprehensive training programs for the team members and the results are there for all to see.” Stewart said.
Stewart thanked the Government of the Bahamas personally for sharing his vision and helping the company make that vision a reality saying that the natural beauty of the Bahamas and the warmth of its people have made Sandals resorts in the Bahamas so extraordinary.
“I love the Bahamas and have been coming here for so many years,” he said. “Every time I go to Fowl Cay in the Exuma Cays I say to myself why did I leave?”
Stewart has been lauded by several governments for taking over distressed properties on two islands and turning them into successful all-inclusive resorts, which drive thousands of tourists to the shores of the Bahamas each year.
Butch Stewart Dubbed Hotelier of the Year.