The conferral of national honour, Order of Distinction, on businessman Ian Dear comes as no surprise, as his has been one of the most respected names in the Caribbean tourism industry.
Following a lifetime dedicated to national service and the development of Jamaica’s tourism industry, Margaritaville Caribbean Group (MCG) Founder and Chairman Dear will receive his award, in the Commander Class, by the Government of Jamaica tomorrow, during a virtual ceremony, following its announcement on August 6.
He will be recognised for his decades of “exceptional contribution to Caribbean tourism and real estate development”.
Dear will officially receive his honour on October 19th via a virtual ceremony.
Celebrated by his peers for his astute leadership, impeccable work ethics and vision, Dear’s resume showcases countless projects including major tourism attractions, a gaming and entertainment complex, multiple bar and restaurant concepts, cruise ports, and airport hubs.
Despite his many ventures, however, Dear is best known for his current role as founder of MCG, which, under his guidance, has become an internationally recognised industry-leading hospitality company with 25 proprietary brands in more than 50 locations throughout the Caribbean. MCG has also established partnerships with several world-renowned brands including Starbucks, Dairy Queen, Quizno’s and Cinnabon.
Reflecting on his award, Dear noted, “It is truly an honour for my life’s work and contribution to the tourism and real estate industries to be recognised by the Government of Jamaica at this level. I have always genuinely believed in the exceptional potential of Jamaica as