Sandals Receives Special Award for Hospitality and Tourism | Way of life



With six thousand rooms, 18,000 team members and over one million visitors a year, the global brand leader Sandals Resort International (SRI) has been duly recognized for its outstanding contribution to the hospitality and tourism industry.

The resort group founded by Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, was recognized with the 2022 Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality and Tourism Industry award by the World Travel Awards (WTA) on Wednesday. The presentation was made at the 29th annual World Travel Awards, held at the brand’s flagship resort, Sandals Montego Bay.

Shortly after accepting the accolades, band president Adam Stewart said The Sunday Gleaner that the magic of business is the opportunity it gives people to rise.

“We are a growing company, and with new resorts in the works such as Sandals Dunn’s River, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Curacao just opening, a new Beaches Runaway Bay, as well as a new Beaches in Turks and Caicos. The opportunities multiply,” Stewart revealed.

The chain, he says, has well over 250 to 300 leadership positions than the company currently envisions. Recruitment, he says, has begun.

While carrying on the legacy created by her late father, Stewart said her team loosely refers to the push as Sandals 2.0.

Looking to the future, the group introduces more features and amenities, more luxury, but never forgets who it is as a Caribbean brand, “the only super brand to come out of the Caribbean in hospitality” , did he declare.

To reinforce these facts, the WTA’s Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid, read a quote that spoke of SRI’s tireless efforts to elevate the visitor experience.

Innovations such as pool bars, butler service and à la carte fine dining restaurants that are the norm today, paired with their world-class Red Lane Spa; partnerships with iconic brands such as Mondavi Wines, Xbox, Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street and their most recent overwater suites have set them apart, she read.

“Pushing the boundaries of what vacationers should expect from an all-inclusive luxury experience makes Sandals the brand to watch, and their latest inclusions, including dining at local island restaurants and convertible MINI Coopers at explore on their own, literally have the company paving new roads for travellers,” says the WTA.

The Europe-based organization credits the Jamaican group with creating demand for the all-inclusive concept, having set the benchmark in the classroom.

Sandals’ strength has been demonstrated in the most recent industry challenges. The group was one of the first to return to the market, paving the way for others and helping to build trust with an audience eager to return to travel.

In the Caribbean alone, the company has developed solutions, from its Sandals Platinum Cleanliness Protocols, which have been shared with the hotel and tourism community as a whole, including competing hotels, tourism and transport companies, educational institutions and local governments, to Sandals Vacation Insurance. Program – a vacation protection program that brought people back to the Caribbean and eased fears of international testing – unifying the industry while championing the beautiful return of the Caribbean.

” It’s not surprising. For more than forty years, Sandals Resorts International – which is the largest private employer in the Caribbean, with 95% of its operations managed by Caribbean nationals – has put the Caribbean first, making the well-being of its region a origin, the environment, economic opportunity, education and health care are a priority and integral to its operation,” commended the WTA.

Since its inception, Sandals has taken an unprecedented approach to supporting the communities where it operates and strongly believes in the power of tourism to transform lives, empower people and make a difference, the quote said.

Sandals and its philanthropic arm, the Sandals Foundation, operate with an island-first mentality through its fundamental pillars of community, education and the environment. Brand-wide, they’ve invested in environmental education and advocacy programs, established marine sanctuaries, planted more than 12,000 corals, added more than 10,000 trees in the Caribbean, and engaged more than 55,000 people in conservation efforts, and more.

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