The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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