St Lucia has added the late Gordon “Butch” Stewart as a posthumous recipient of the country's third highest honour, the St Lucia Cross, despite the entrepreneur being Jamaican.
The award celebrates the late Sandals Resorts International founder and chairman for his superlative imprint on the island's economy through three thriving resorts. He died in Miami on Jan. 4.
The announcement was made when the eastern Caribbean nation marked its 42nd anniversary of Independence on Feb. 22 and was officially presented on Sunday at a virtual ceremony in Castries, the St Lucian capital where Stewart first opened his Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa 28 years ago.
Since then the Jamaican hotel mogul added the Sandals Halycon Beach Resort and Spa, and the Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Beach Resort and Spa, complemented by the new 18-hole Greg Norman-designed Sandals Golf and Country Club at Cap Estate, which together made Sandals Resorts International the island's largest hotel company, its leading private sector employer, foreign exchange earner and contributor to the economy.