Sir Royston Hopkin, owner and chairman of the luxury Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada, has died following complications from heart surgery. He was 75. 

Royston Hopkin
Royston Hopkin

An icon in the Caribbean tourism and hospitality industry and the only Caribbean hotelier ever knighted by the Queen of England, Hopkin had a career that spanned more than 55 years.

He was the recipient of many awards, including Lifetime Achievement awards from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Tourism Organization, CHTA Hotelier of the Year,  and the 2019 Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit.

Hopkin had served as president of the Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association and was a past president of the CHTA. He had worked as a volunteer on CHTA’s board of directors and, along with CTO officials, helped hoteliers and destinations develop their individual products.

He is survived by his wife Betty, four children, four grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and the entire family of Spice Island Beach Resort. 

Services are planned for March 5 in Grenada.

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