For those of you have not been informed already it is my extremely sad duty to tell you of the passing of Victor Middleton OBE, a Fellow of British Destination and a valued colleague and great personal friend to many of us working in the UK tourism industry. Victor died on the evening of Monday 13 August in Furness General Hospital, near his home in Ulverston, Cumbria after a brief illness.
Deborah his wife is understandably distressed and whilst she is aware of the great esteem in which he was held she has asked that Victor’s colleagues and friends refrain from contacting her just yet. There will be a private family funeral, followed by a memorial service at a later date, details of which will be circulated when known.
The loss of such a wise and insightful colleague, who’s academic and practical endeavours over a period of 50 years have informed, shaped and improved the fortunes of tourism and the visitor economy across the UK will be felt by us all.
My sincere apologies for the late notification, the news reached me late last week after I had departed on brief family break.