Adam Stewart is hotelier of the year
ADAM STEWART, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) on Saturday walked away with the coveted Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Hotelier of the Year Award at the association's annual general meeting and awards luncheon at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa, St James.
Stewart, 34 years old, and son of hotel mogul Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, is the youngest winner in the annals of the prestigious award. In accepting the award, he commended the workers at SRI while noting that Jamaica has one of the best tourism products in the world.
"I am inspired by Jamaica and the people who work with me," said Stewart. "... so many of us here, we work together, we do business together we are friends, we are family."
Stewart, who is also a vice-president of the JHTA, said he was most honoured to be so appreciated by the association, noting that he was humbled by the experience and the award.
"It has been great for me to be a VP under Nicola's (Madden Greig) leadership as we continue to fight the fight internationally to support Jamaicans," said Stewart.
Stewart, who was appointed CEO of SRI in 2006, began formally preparing himself for a career in the hospitality industry when he enrolled for a course of study at the Florida International University School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
SRI had more than one reason to celebrate at the colourful event as in addition to Stewart's award, they also walked away with the Hotel Worker of the Year Award, which was copped by Earl Cummings, a senior air condition and refrigeration technician at Sandals Royal Caribbean.
Cummings, who studied electrical engineering at the St James High School (formerly Montego Bay Secondary School), began his career as a junior technician at Appliance Traders Limited and has been an air conditioning technician for 22 years.
In addition to electrical engineering work, Cummings also does voluntary work in literacy programme in schools, infrastructural projects, as well as environmental initiatives. He also mentors young people.
The other awards were as follows:
- The Hotel Manager/ Supervisor of the year award: Marcia Morris, executive housekeeper at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.
- Tourism Employee of the Year Award: Christopher Bailey of Appleton Estate Rum Tour.
- Purveyor of the Year: J. Wray and Nephew Limited.
- Attraction of the Year: Dolphin Cove.
- Local Transportation Provider of the Year: Tropical Tours.
- International Airline of the Year: JetBlue Airways.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Joyce Wright, founder of the Rondell Village in Negril.
- Abe Issa Award for Excellence: Alia Atkinson, national swimmer.