Chris Barnes, groups, tours and marketing manager for Legacy Hotels & Resorts, has died.
Aged 48, Barnes had been with Legacy since the launch of the company in 2005, having previously worked at the Chesterfield hotel in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, which is now part of the group.
He was an active member of the Group Travel Organisers Association and a familiar face on the trade show and exhibition circuit for Legacy.
"Chris has been involved in Legacy Hotels & Resorts from the very initial stages and many of us have had the pleasure in knowing him for some years prior to that," said Legacy's chief executive, Andy Townsend.
"Over the years his involvement and loyalty to our business generally has been second to none and his contribution to the areas of groups, tours and marketing will remain a credit to him.
"Chris had been poorly for some time, however he continued to fight hard and keep his smile and sense of humour."
It is believed that Barnes died from a heart attack, following liver failure a few days previously.
By Janet Harmer
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