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Adam Stewart worthy of hotelier honour

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association's naming of Adam Stewart as Hotelier of the Year is most deserving, and I think I speak on behalf of all Jamaicans who have been impacted by Sandals or another Stewart-owned company when I say congratulations.

At age 34, not many wealthy children would become burdened with their parent's hectic business; instead, they would lead a life of fun and simple indulge in their father's riches.

Adam Stewart, however, became CEO for the Caribbean's largest private employer at age 25 and set out on a mission to not just increase his family's wealth, but to bring about change in the Caribbean in several aspects, with his Sandals Foundation becoming a name synonymous with giving back in the areas of education, health care, disaster relief, and environmental preservation. Not many foundations have such a broad reach and tremendous impact.

I wish our elected officials would have as much conviction as does Mr Stewart when he speaks about Jamaica at official functions about Jamaica.

Adam Stewart makes me hopeful that Jamaica's private sector will continue to solidify itself as the true driving force behind the economy.


Ocho Rios, St Ann