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Colin Heal, OBE- Lifetime President of Worldchoice

It is with the greatest of regret that I have to advise you that Colin Heal OBE passed away at our Conference in Lake Bled, Slovenia.

Colin held the position of Lifetime President of Worldchoice, following his retirement in 2011.

I know we will all be deeply saddened. Colin was a major part of our company and the industry at large and I know he will be greatly missed by you, his friends and colleagues. His contribution to the UK travel industry was immense - he was a true legend, our thoughts are with his wife Valerie and his family at this very sad time.

As many of you will know, Colin's first career was in the oil industry but he left that to join the Royal Air Force, quickly moving up the ranks to Group Captain and RAF Station Commander, and then a Director at the Ministry of Defence. During his distinguished RAF career, Colin was awarded the MBE, the OBE and the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.

In 1989 he became a partner in Far Horizons Travel in Dorset, then three years later, became Chairman and Managing Director of ARTAC, which he helped develop into Worldchoice. More recently, he led the consortium in the merger with the Travel Trust Association.

As Helen Burgess, Group Membership Director, has said "He died doing what he loved, being at conference, and we can all celebrate his life while we are here at the conference."

We will of course find an appropriate way to celebrate Colin's contribution to our organisation on our return and our thoughts continue to be with Valerie and her family.

Simon Hargreaves

Group Chairman

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