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Mr. Hopkin

Sir Royston Hopkin

Owner & Chairman, Spice Island Beach Resort

Sir Royston O. Hopkin KCMG, is a dedicated philanthropist and owner and chairman of the award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada. He has had an extensive and distinguished career in the hospitality and tourism industry spanning more than 48 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, and 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. At a regional level, Sir Royston has served on the board of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and since 1970, has held numerous positions including director, vice president, president and chairman. During his tenure with CHTA, he founded the Small Hotels Committee, which today is still one of the most important sub-committees. He has also served on the board of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Sir Royston is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the coveted CHTA “Hotelier of the Year” honor, Lifetime Achievement Award from both CTO and CHTA, Grenada's Silver Anniversary Independence Awards for 25 years of dedicated service, and several other awards from the Grenada Hotel Association. Perhaps his greatest honor occurred in December 2004, when 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 his contribution to tourism in Grenada and throughout the Caribbean. Sir Royston is married to Lady Betty Hopkin and has three children, Ryan, Nerissa and Janelle.

Mr. Hopkin can be contacted at 473-444-4258 or info@spicebeachresort.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.