Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has expressed deep sadness at the passing of celebrated architect and hotelier, Earl Levy.
“On behalf of all of us in tourism, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Earl Levy, during this very difficult time,” said Minister Bartlett.
Levy is the mastermind behind the luxurious Trident brand in Portland. He opened the Trident Vacation Villas in the mid-1950s; then later designed the lavish Trident Castle, Hotel & Villas, in the 1980s. Over the years, Trident has received a number of service awards and has played host to a large number of celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Kate Moss, Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington.
He also assisted with the refurbishing of the iconic Devon House attraction in Kingston, as well as designing a number of well-appointed residential properties across the island.
“The contribution that Mr Levy, or the Earl of Portland as he is affectionately called, has made to the tourism industry is significant. He was an outstanding entrepreneur, family man and designer. He will certainly be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him,” said the Minister.
Mr Bartlett also noted the influence Levy had in strengthening brand Jamaica through his extraordinary designs.
“Earl Levy is truly irreplaceable but we take comfort in knowing that the industry will benefit from his contributions for many years to come,” said Minister Bartlett.