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Spice Island Beach Resort's Sir Royston Hopkin Bestowed Prestigious Trail Blazer's Award

November 11, 2019

Honor presented at International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show

GRAND ANSE BEACH, Grenada (July 29, 2019) – Less than a week after being recognized by Grenada’s Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation with the Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award, distinguished Grenadian hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, owner and chairman of Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com), received the Trail Blazer’s Award at the 23rd Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show.

Hosted by the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD ) in Miami from July 24-26, the summit educated attendees on hotel ownership opportunities, investment trends, supplier opportunities, marketing to minorities and diversity issues affecting the industry.

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(l-r) Jay Patel, Chairman Lodging Hospitality Systems LLC; Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG; Lady Betty Hopkin; Andy Ingraham, President and CEO of NABHOOD and Norman Jenkins, Senior Vice President of North America Lodging Marriott International.

“It is an honor to accept such an award and hope it will serve as an inspiration to fellow black owners as we strive for excellence in the hospitality industry,” said Sir Royston (pictured right) when accepting the award. “I was brought up by my mom and dad in a 12 room Inn. My mom was a pioneer in local cuisine and my dad dealt with operations. That was the beginning of my journey as to what hospitality meant. Now I lead by example to show the next generation of black entrepreneurs what they can achieve by holding on to their principles and refusing to sacrifice their vision.”

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Spice Island Beach Resort is the only AAA Five Diamond Property out of 121 in the world and the only resort out of seven in the Caribbean region owned by a black Grenadian and his family. No other property within the AAA Five Diamond listing holds such a distinction. Sir Royston and the entire team at the multiple award-winning resort are tremendously proud of such an achievement having obtained such status since 2016.

Sir Royston has had an extensive and distinguished career in the hospitality and tourism industry spanning more than 54 years of contributions to his home country, Grenada, and the entire Caribbean region.

Sir Royston began his tourism career when he joined the family business at the Ross Point Inn in 1965. Then, at the age of 20, he was appointed to the Grenada Board of Tourism where he served for 18 consecutive years. He holds the distinction of being the first Grenadian to be elected president of the Grenada Hotel Association (an accomplishment at the age of 24), a position he held 14 times.

In 1969, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Spice Island Inn, and in 1975, was appointed Deputy Chairman and Deputy Managing Director of the resort. He bought the Blue Horizon Hotel (now called Blue Horizons Garden Resort) along with his brothers Arnold and Gerald in 1978.

Sir Royston purchased a majority interest in Spice Island Inn in 1987 and became owner and chairman of the property, which he renamed Spice Island Beach Resort.

Under his skillful stewardship, the property expanded from 28 to 56 suites by 1990 and underwent a $6 million transformation in 2000, reopening with 66 elegant suites, a new spa, restaurant and bar. Also added were many enhanced services and amenities, further elevating the level of luxury at the property.

In 2004, Hurricane Ivan devastated the resort and Spice Island had to close its doors a second time. Undeterred, Sir Royston embarked on a US$12 million project to redesign and renovate the award-winning resort, which reopened on Dec. 15, 2005 at the highest level of Caribbean luxury and personalized service, with facilities on par with any major five-star resort in the world. The resort now employs 205 persons.

In 2013, the tourism industry icon invested in another multi-million dollar series of upgrades and enhancements to ensure the boutique resort remains at the forefront of the luxury tourism market.

At a regional level, Sir Royston has served on the Board of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), where he’s held numerous positions since 1970 including director, vice president, president and chairman. During his tenure with CHTA, Sir Royston founded the Small Hotels Committee, which today is still one of the most important sub-committees of the association. Sir Royston was also the youngest Director of CHTA ever elected.

Sir Royston was one of the first Grenadians to establish a Scholarship Fund for needy children when he adopted the Grand Anse R.C. School in 1992. He worked in collaboration with the Grenada Union of Teachers and the Ministry of Education to enlighten teachers about career opportunities within the Tourism Industry and created a lobby for tourism tobe included in the schools' curricula.

Sir Royston is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the coveted CHTA “Hotelier of the Year” honor, Lifetime Achievement Awards from CHTA and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, the inaugural Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award from Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit and numerous other recognitions from the Grenada Hotel Association.

In December 2004, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II graciously conferred the title of Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) for Sir Royston’s contribution to tourism in Grenada and throughout the Caribbean.

Today, Sir Royston is internationally known for his industry knowledge and savvy. He is the former Chairman of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST). He is also an Honorary Director of CHTA and the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association, and Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Queen Elizabeth Home for Children.

Spice Island Beach Resort

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the fullservice Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network's Hotels & Resorts Program and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

Click on http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/imagelibrary for pictures of the property. Visit http://www.spicebeachresort.com/VirtualTours.htm for a virtual tour.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473- 444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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