Sandals Chairman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Press Release:-Chairman of Sandals Resorts International Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart will receive the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) 2017, to be held in April in Miami.

CHRIS is considered the most important event for those interested in hotel and resort investment in the Caribbean.

Having already achieved a long list of accolades, including Jamaica’s Highest Individual Award, the still unassuming Sandals Chairman stands at the helm of the single largest privately owned Caribbean empire that include 24 Sandals and Beaches resorts in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, The Bahamas, Antigua, Grenada, Barbados, and Turks & Caicos. His group of companies also include Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) and publishing company Jamaica Observer.

In announcing the award, the Burba Hotel Network, hosts of CHRIS 2017, commended Mr. Stewart for “innovations that have changed the face of the all-inclusive format and established Sandals Resorts, and now Beaches Resorts, as one of the most successful brands in the category – boasting year-round occupancy levels of more than 85 percent, an unequaled repeat guest factor of 40 percent and demand that has led to unprecedented expansion. By steadfastly adhering to the “We Can Do Better” principal of pleasing guests, Stewart has fostered a company free to imagine and free to consistently raise the bar.”

Stewart entered the tourism arena in 1981 with the sole intention of earning foreign exchange to support his then primary operation – ATL. But with a business model that stood ‘outside the box’ of conventional inclusive operations the world over, Stewart quickly saw his secondary operation become his primary. Today, he stands is the largest private sector employer in Jamaica and the island’s biggest foreign exchange earner – having masterfully achieved a goal set over 35 years ago.

BHN President Jim Burba said his network was pleased to be able to present the inaugural CHRIS Lifetime Achievement Award to the Hon. Gordon Arthur ‘Butch’ Stewart. “The success of Sandals has helped to power the growth of the tourism industry and the economies not only in Jamaica but throughout the Caribbean. The word ‘icon’ certainly applies to Butch Stewart and we are delighted to be honoring him with this Award.”

BHN is the worldwide leader in developing and organizing conferences for the hotel and tourism investment community.

Stewart brought the Sandals brand to Saint Lucia 23 years ago, and has since established three resorts on the island. And, like Jamaica, Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia is the single largest private sector employer and the island’s biggest foreign exchange earner.

In December 2016, the resort chain announced plans to construct a fourth Sandals Resort in the island and is now nearing completion of the first segment of its over-the-water suites that will, when completed, further complement the revolutionary in tourism and hospitality that is Sandals in the Caribbean.


  1. Anonymous
    February 23, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    A capitalist crook gets an award a slave driver

  2. JnPierre
    February 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Another ignorant idiot with nothing to contribute. If you have nothing to say shut your pie! Stewart invest 35 years of his life trying to create something for the caribbean. over 15,000 caribbean people have work because of the man and that is the one follishness you can find to say. Thank God for people like Butch. Because of him people like you have a roof and a means to feed their family.

  3. Anonymous
    February 23, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    I agree with you. Some people just like to kicks off, and because they are able to hide their identity (Words deleted). These are the people you will see dragging on the streets in their old age, and they will want people to feel sorry for them. But retribution is a reality, and those of us who engage in this nonsensical fight downs will, in time to come, look back at our lives and wonder: what did we do wrong? Just think of yourself lying in a hospital bed, waiting for the Most High to call you yonder. Then think of all the foolishness you talked in your lifetime, not for a genuine laugh, but to injure others, and make your peace before you depart. Stop the foolishness.

  4. Michael Joseph
    February 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Some folks here are obviously direct descendants of Judas… you all so ungrateful that you don’t even need to kiss a cheek! How much of us, our families, our children, benefit from what Butch is doing? Yeah, some persons may have their grouses – whether legitimate or not – but think of how Sandals money put clothes on your back, food on the table and sending your kids to school. Think about how Sandals money keeping you from thiefing your neighbor or preventing you from snatching a chain or purse from a tourist. Think about how Sandals money might be the stepping stone for your sons and daughters to be the doctors and lawyers that you couldn’t become, because you had no support. YOU ARE TOO UNGRATEFUL!!! If the man make a money, well, that’s the reason for opening a business! If the man had invested in another island, you would all be begging government for hand-outs and crying long long tears Now you getting food in your mouth and you want to play picky. You really can’t please some Caribbean people people eh!

  5. Michael Joseph
    February 24, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    And another thing… If is only crooks getting big awards from this, then you should tell your children to avoid getting awards, lest they be seen as crooks too. Tell them not to reach for the stars, tell them that dreams never come true, tell them that they have to die as they are born with no betterment, tell them they are doomed to fail and should never seek success, tell them money is to be begged for and not earned, tell them. TELL THEM.

    1. Anonymous
      February 24, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Agree with you one billion times.

  6. Brani
    March 2, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations Mr Stewart. Award well deserved. Great business model. keep up the great work. Ignore the ignorant and jealous haters. They have nothing to contribute. Sad people.

  7. Capt. B. Anthony Brown, MBA
    March 4, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I worked at Sandals for a while and the man is a no nonsense man. I learned one thing while working at Sandals. When hiring employees, hire the attitude and train the skills. While I never heard the saying from the man himself, I was told that he said it alot. That thought never left me. It is true, a man with the right attitude is easier to train and be taught skill. A man with a poor attitude…
    What I am about to write has nothing to do with the fact that I am Jamaican like Stewart, or that at one point I was employed at Sandals. It has to do with what I learned from my years of studies, reading just about everything I can put my hand on as well as the PhD programme I am currently pursuing.

    Jack Welch former GE CEO, Jeff Bezos Amazon’s founder, the late Steve Jobs of Apple to name a few, had some pretty harsh adjectives describing them. However they all have something in common that is also seen in Stewart Sandals Chairman. Jobs, Welch, Bezos were all Visionaries and these men changed aspects of the world that could not be done by anyone else. Gordon “Butch” Stewart is a Visionary who changed and continuously reinvents the all inclusive concept like no one else could. And the world is yet to see anyone who has replicated Stewarts work the same way we are yet to see anyone replicate Steve Jobs.
    Look at Bezos who transformed a virtual market place called Amazon, into the world’s largest and most respected online retailer. Bezos is called a narcissist. Ok well.
    Look at how Jobs transformed hand held personal communication devices, as well as data processing machines (note I did not say cel phones and computer). Stewart is to the hotel business as Jobs is to mobile phones or communication and data processing devices. Jobs was also called a narcissist. Ok well.
    Jack Welch revolutionized GE, and is clearly the worlds most successful CEO. He was also called a narcissist. Hmmmmmmm. Are you seeing a trend here?
    Many offerings at all inclusive hotels such as televisions in rooms, hair dryers, a la carte dining, white glove service, Butler Service to name a few was introduced by Stewart, and the rest of the world followed Stewart in the hotel sector, as they followed Jobs, Bezos and Welch in the other respective sectors. All these men Stewart included are Visionarues and Transformational Leaders. Look around the globe and try and select transformational Leadership figures such as Stewart, Jobs, Bezos, and Welch and you will see that they are not common. And they all have crude adjectives describing them, but they continue to change the world. Jobs is deceased but his legacy continues olto reshape the world of personnal communication devices.

    I am also called a narcissist. Seems one gets that name when you simultaneously lead from the front, support at the side and push from the back and change the face of what you are involved in. Change is painful but worth it. If you work to get 100% success because failurd is not an option, then you’re going to have harsh adjectives describing you. I have been called a bl–k slave driver and I have been called an o_eo cookie meaning I am bl–k on the outside and wh-te on the inside because of my mentality, and orientation to work and success. In the end form a commerce perspective, we all shop and some of us are brand concuous. We use GE state of the art appliances, use Mac only, vacation at Sandals only and want to drive a Range Rover or Jaguar only.
    Cheers to those of us who are not afraid to turn it upside down, shake out the contents and rebuild from scratch. It’s called the prelude to success.

    By the way, who remembered the Butch Stewart Initiative to sabilize the J$ at J$25 =1USD?
    Some day I hope to buy a national airline and save a few jobs like Stewart did when he bought Air Jamaica. Call him a crook but he gave back something to Jamaican employment. Nothing beats positive social change and Stewart ensures that every hotel he owns adopts a school.

    At my present job I deal with small boat crew. My greatest achievement is when the organization that I manage (CCMSL) gives Deckrating (ordinary sailor), the opportunity to study train and become a small boat Master and handler. At the end of their training I do their assessment and often I see them execute maneuvres that leaves me in awe. It does not mean only that I trained them well, just means they are probably better than I am. After training they stay with the company and some move on to greener pastures as time goes by. And even though they have new permanent employent, nearly all wjo moved kn still maintain a an excellent working relationship with us and work as relieving crew for CCMSL. CCMSL trained and commissioned the first female ASD Tug Boat Master operator in the Caribbean. She is no longer with us permanently but still does relieve jobs for us. It’s called giving back. It does not matter. Like Stewart we give them something to build on as we do what no one else does. Like Stewart innovates, gives back and look ahead we do the same.