The Association of Cruise Experts (Ace) is mourning the death of its co-founder, Ken Page, at the age of 81.
Ken was appointed director of the Passenger Shipping Association in 1985 and over the next nine years introduced a number of initiatives to raise the profile of cruise holidays.
In 1987, together with previous PSA chairman Bob Duffett, he established the first travel agency cruise training programme, PSARA (Passenger Shipping Association Retail Agents scheme), which is today known as Ace.
PSA director Bill Gibbons said: "Ken had established a fine track record before ill health forced his early retirement in 1994 when I took over. He had a huge amount of charm and humour and his stories were legendary.
"Over the last 19 years, Ken unfailingly attended our annual meetings and dinners in spite of increasing health and mobility problems. We can truly say that Ken was the PSA and he will be hugely missed."
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