Jen Savedra, Editor

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ARTA president dies
17 JAN 2013: I am shocked and saddened to report that Bruce Bishins died yesterday morning - his 62 birthday. Bruce was a strong and passionate advocate for travel agents. He pulled no punches and regardless of any resistance, he made his case exactingly, rigorously, sometimes exasperatingly, and with no heed to the opposition. MORE

Marilyn Barker Paulsen
11 JUL 2012: Marilyn Barker Paulsen would have been 75 years old today. There would have been a party and it would have been a blast. Marilyn did nothing by half measures. Unfortunately Marilyn died just before her 70th birthday – it seems like just yesterday. I’ve been thinking of her recently, usually with a smile, and thought it appropriate to run the piece we did five years ago to honour a woman worth remembering. MORE

Visit Orlando CEO dies suddenly
07 MAY 2012: Colleagues were stunned to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Visit Orlando president and CEO Gary Sain. As chairman for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Sain spoke at a fundraiser for Celebrate the Children at the Orlando World Center Marriott on Friday evening. Reportedly he felt ill sometime after making the speech and walked to the lobby, where he apparently collapsed and was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. MORE

Jamaica Tourism pioneer dies
17 AUG 2011: Eric Anthony Abrahams, popularly known as ‘Tony’ Jamaica’s third Director of Tourism and the first Minister of Tourism died earlier this month. He was 71. MORE

The industry pays tribute to Dennis Gill
15 NOV 2010: His family, friends, peers were all there. Former employees and old rivals - all fellow travellers in this wonderfully addictive industry that he loved, lived and played such a huge role in shaping. We gathered Saturday afternoon to say a final “Bon Voyage” to Dennis Gill. And to remember, with a smile, a man to whom integrity and decency were a way of life, not words on a mission statement. MORE

Dennis Gill was one of the originals
09 NOV 2010: Dennis Gill, one of the founding fathers of this industry, died on Saturday. I knew and worked with Dennis for many years, and have always had an abundance of respect and affection for him as a businessman, a colleague and as a human being. MORE

Secretary General Jim Power dies suddenly
15 JUN 2010: Sk�l International secretary general, Jim Power, died unexpectedly at his home in Torremolinos, Spain, on Saturday. Power was recently in Frankfurt for the IMEX and in Sydney on June 9, to attend the golden anniversary luncheon of Sk�l International. He was one of the industry’s highly-regarded individuals and was frequently seen at industry events such as the ITB in Berlin and World Travel Market in London, as well as many of Sk�l’s global events MORE

They don’t come any better – or any nicer
Neil Cooper Winter was born in Gillingham, Kent England on November 3, 1935. He started his Travel Career in 1957 when he joined University Tours Ltd after emigrating from Ireland. Later he was vice president of International Sales for Holiday Inn Canada.   MORE

Travelling companions don’t come any better
  09 FEB 2009:  I can’t let today pass without paying tribute to one of the best travelling companions ever. Though not much into flying, this little adventurer took to the road with enthusiasm, passion and gusto.  Whether driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains, strolling along  the beach, looking (with unconcealed irritation) for a patch of grass in downtown Manhattan, or strutting along Bourbon Street at midnight, Jake Borenstein Savedra was always a perfect companion and a pleasure to travel with.    MORE

A truly good guy
24 JAN 2008:  Being universally admired as a ‘nice guy’ is a very real compliment.  And Mark Salter epitomised the term and truly deserved the moniker.  Mark died on Tuesday - suddenly, stunningly - and way too soon.  His death shocked the travel industry he had been a part of for so long. As word spread amongst his friends, associates and colleagues, the tributes, while shocked and saddened, were very similar.   MORE

Marilyn Barker Paulsen July 11,1937 - June 19, 2007
19 JUN 2007: Marilyn Barker Paulson.  If you are a woman executive in this industry – or if you aspire to be one – chances are your road to success was made just a little easier by a very special woman who died Tuesday afternoon.  MORE