Old Abtarian and cruise guru dies

Old Abtarian and cruise guru dies

Old Abtarian and cruise specialist Bryan Moreton has died aged 78.

Moreton was diagnosed with cancer three months ago when he was found to have a brain tumour. He died on January 23 at the Warwick Myton Hamlet Hospice.

He was a well-known figure in the ABTA Midlands region where he served as a committee member for a decade during the 1980s while he was also a chairman of the shipping committee.

While on the shipping committee, Bryan worked hard to improve relationships between cruise operators and travel agents while he was also influential in the setting up of the Passenger Shipping Association Retail Agents’ scheme which is now the Association of Cruise Experts.

In later years he used his cruise contacts to secure a number of deals for the Old Abtarians.

Bryan was also vice-chairman of the travel agents council from 1986-88 when he worked with chairman Colin Brain.

Brain said: “A harder working and more supportive vice chairman could not exist. He made my life as chairman a breeze and it was a pleasure to work alongside him.
“We will all miss him and our feelings go out to his lovely wife Avril and his daughter Julia.”

Founder and former PSARA chief executive Bob Duffett added: “Bryan will be sadly missed by all of us in the cruise industry that worked with him over many years.”

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