Sandals’ UK staff have thanked the industry for messages of condolences following the death of Butch Stewart.
The brand’s chairman and founder died aged 79 following a short illness.
Karl Thompson, managing director of Unique Vacations UK, a sales and marketing representative for Sandals and Beaches Resorts, said: “The messages of condolences from industry friends has been truly humbling and I know he would be wishing everybody all the very best whilst we pull together to beat this pandemic.”
Thompson said some of the UK staff had worked for Stewart for more than 25 years.
“Not only was Mr Stewart a true visionary for the travel industry, but he was also like family to many of us. He had a fabulous sense of humour, was constantly there for support and always encouraged us to strive for excellence,” Thompson said.
“Those who knew him well will know him for his larger than life personality and his pioneering ideas. Nothing was ever impossible. His determination knew no bounds and he was always striving for bigger and better things.
“Echoing the sentiments of his son, Adam Stewart, he was an inspiration to all of us and I can say with certainty that there will never be anyone else like him.
“Mr Stewart was so proud of what we achieved over the years and his encouragement and support was always a real source of motivation for us.
“He allowed us to pursue our dreams and for that, as well as so many other things, we thank him. We will keep his legacy alive as best we can, and I hope that we can continue to do him proud.”