Caribbean hospitality giant Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has died.
The Jamaican-born hotelier, founder of Sandals Resorts International, died in the United States earlier after a short illness.
He was 79 years-of-age.
Stewart was born in 1941 in Kingston, Jamaica.
He grew up along the north-coast of the country, where he adopted his nickname, given to him by an American sailor.
Stewart was the founder of Sandals Resorts, the leading hotel chain in the Caribbean, Beaches Resorts, and their parent company Sandals Resorts International.
He also led the ATL Group and the Jamaica Observer.
He was known as one of the most successful Jamaican businessmen ever, with a fortune running to hundreds of millions of dollars. ADVERTISEMENTStewart leaves behind seven children and his wife, Cheryl.
His son, Adam Stewart, said on the death of his father: “It is with great sadness that I share with you today the passing of my father, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
“This news seems almost unbelievable, since he was as involved and forward-thinking as ever.
“He chose to keep a very recent health diagnosis private and we respected that wish.”
Sandals Resorts famously offered two people in love the most romantic, Luxury-Included holiday experience in the Caribbean.
With 16 stunning beachfront settings in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Barbados and Grenada, Sandals Resorts offers more quality inclusions than any other resort company on the planet.
Sandals Resorts is part of family-owned Sandals Resorts International, which includes Beaches Resorts and is the Caribbean’s leading all-inclusive resort company.
The company had recently announced plans to expand into Curaçao.
The brand has been recognised on numerous occasions as the World’s Leading All-Inclusive Company by voters at the World Travel Awards.
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