Cruise specialist agent Willie Fulton of Belfast-based Knock Travel has died after a short illness.

He was named travel agent of the year in 2011 by Clia UK & Ireland having become one of the first ‘cruise masters’ in the organisation’s accreditation scheme.

Clia UK & Ireland director Andy Harmer said: “Willie was a great ambassador for the cruise industry in general and of the work of Clia UK & Ireland.

“On behalf of the cruise industry and the Clia UK & Ireland team, I would like to pay tribute to someone who was a true advocate of our industry and who was a pleasure to work with. He will be greatly missed.”