Tributes are pouring in for Barbadian hotelier Hal Martin who died in Florida, United States of America yesterday following a brief illness.
Martin, 67, was born in Barbados, but lived for much of his life in the US.
He was the owner of the Regency Cove Hotel, in Hastings, Christ Church and was also at one time the owner of the Windsor Hotel, also in Christ Church.
Friend and fellow businessman John Watson said Martin had a strong love for people.
“He had an ability to bring people together to mobilize ideas and get them going. I think, again like the late Trevor Clarke, [his death] is a great loss to the black business sector in Barbados. I think we have lost someone who would have done much to further the pace for black business development in Barbados,” Watson said.
Similar sentiments were shared by Muhammad Nassar, another businessman, who described Martin as “a very good man” who wanted to improve people’s lives.
“I think Martin was a very good man. He was always talking about the improvement of our people and he is a man that will be seriously missed. Though he lived in California, USA, he was always trying to get in contact with us to find ways and means to get resources in Barbados to help black businessmen. He is going to missed among us. Barbados has lost a good son,” Nassar said.
Martin, an accountant, was a strong proponent of medical tourism.