Minnis Remembers Sandals Resort Owner as ‘a Lover of the Bahamas’
Following the death of hotel mogul Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis remembered him as “a loyal son of the Caribbean, who delighted in the extraordinary potential and breathtaking beauty of the region.”
Minnis said Gordon was a “great friend and lover of the Islands of the Bahamas and the Bahamian people.”
Gordon established the Sandals Resort at a time “when the Bahamas was looking for investors to acquire government-owned hotels.”
“Gordon significantly and immediately added to the number of rooms and employees of the resort and the reputation of the Bahamas,” he said.
Minnis added, “Gordon “Butch” Stewart “Stewart was an intrepid innovator. He was the ultimate dreamcatcher who was happy to listen to the ideas of others and to change his mind when inspired or enthused by the dreams and ideas of others.
“His commitment to the region was manifest in the economic impact of his properties throughout the region, including his resorts in the Bahamas at Sandals Royal Bahamian on New Providence and at Fowl Cay and Emerald Bay in the Exumas.”
Minnis said Gordon was enthusiastic about the extraordinary potential of the Caribbean and often, remarked about the untapped potential of the Bahamas.
Gordon died in hospital on Monday. He was 79-years-old.