Barbados Today – Gordon Butch Stewart, the late Jamaican hotelier, philanthropist and businessman, has been inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Union’s (CBU) Hall of Fame for 2021.
That announcement was made by fellow Hall of Famer, Vic Fernandes during the CBU’s Annual General Assembly opening ceremony held virtually on Monday.
Fernandes, a renowned Barbadian broadcaster and manager, revealed that though there was much deliberation among the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the choice in the end was unanimous for the late hotelier who passed away at the beginning of the year.
“Having given great consideration to an amazing body of work, not just in his chosen field of tourism, and in establishing the world’s premier hotel brand for couples and by extension for families, we unanimously recommended that the late Gordon Butch Stewart of Jamaica, be inducted into the Caribbean Broadcasting Union Media Hall of Fame,” he said.
In the citation, Stewart was lauded for his contribution and support through advertising campaigns with many of the news and media entities across the region, and his promotion of eco-centric journalism geared at bringing awareness to much of the environmental issues facing the Caribbean.
Stewart’s son, Adam Stewart, who is now Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, thanked the CBU for recognizing his father for his sterling service to the region over the years. He noted the family’s pleasure at the award.
“My family and I are overjoyed. This is an incredible moment for us; something that shows such a selfless act and pays tribute to a man that worked tirelessly and having the time of his life while doing it, by adding his dimension and other dimensions to the Jamaican and wider Caribbean media landscape.”