Founder, Owner and Chairman of Sandals Resorts ‘Butch’ Stewart passes

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Jamaican and regional tourism and media giant, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, has died.

Stewart, 79, passed on Monday (Jan. 4, 2021) evening.

At the time of his passing, he headed a host of business entities, including Sandals International Resorts Limited and ATL Group of Companies, which included the Jamaica Observer Limited, one of the island’s main media entities.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1941, Stewart grew up along the country’s north coast, where he had a fairly normal upbringing and gradually entered the field of salesmanship, which eventually led to him forming his own business, Appliance Traders Limited, in 1968.

Stewart’s hospitality interests later expanded into Sandals Resorts, which was the first company to widely offer the concept of all-inclusive holidays in the Caribbean region.

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The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) signed a commencement contract with Sandals Resorts International (SRI) on Monday, 26th October, 2020 for the construction of a Beaches/Sandals SVG Resort at the Buccament Bay Resort.

According to Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Adam Stewart, construction is scheduled to commence in April, 2021.