Renowned Caribbean Hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin Passes On
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Sir Royston Hopkin
Sir Royston O. Hopkin KCMG, owner and chairman of the award-winningSpice Island Beach Resortin Grenada has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 75 years old.
Sir Royston, the only Caribbean hotelier ever knighted by the Queen of England, had an extensive and distinguished career in the hospitality and tourism industry spanning more than 55 years of contributions to his home country, Grenada and the entire Caribbean region.
Hopkin was known not only for his work in developing tourism in Grenada, but in helping grow tourism all across the Caribbean region as he worked as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association and along with the Caribbean Tourism Organization officials to help hoteliers and destinations develop their individual products.
He was the recipient of many prestigious awards including the coveted CHTA "Hotelier of the Year" honour, Lifetime Achievement Awards from CHTA and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and numerous other recognitions.
Sir Royston Hopkin is survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and four children - Ryan, Nerissa, Janelle and Samantha – several grandchildren and the entire family of Spice Island Beach Resort.
Sir Royston's life will be celebrated on 5MAR, 2020.
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