Tim Gasson, the founder and managing director of Absolute Corporate Events and chairman of the Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA), has been killed in a car crash.

Gasson, 40, who became chairman of the HBAA at the beginning of the year, set up Absolute Corporate Events in 1995 after studying hotel management and went on to open offices in England and Australia.

In a statement, Amanda Stranack from Absolute Corporate Events said: “The thoughts and sympathies from us all in Nottingham, Box and Melbourne go to Tim’s family and friends. We have all been hugely touched by this truly remarkable and warm-hearted man who was so inspirational to us all.” 

Sue Burgess, vice chair of the HBAA said: “Tim was greatly admired by all of the HBAA for his input into the association.  Not only did Tim build a hugely successful event management company, Absolute Corporate Events, he also worked tirelessly to promote the association and to build professionalism within the sector. 

“Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.”