Mike Ness, former chief executive of The Travel Corporation (TTC), has died.

He held several executive roles within the organisation, including managing director of subsidiary Trafalgar.

Ness retired as chief executive of The Travel Corporation, which includes brands such as Uniworld, Contiki, Insight Vacations and Red Carnation Hotels, in late 2010 and remained as a director until his death.

Founder and chairman, Stanley Tollman, said: “I am extremely saddened to advise of the passing of our dear friend and esteemed colleague, Mike Ness, who was a mainstay of the travel industry.

“His drive, tenacity and vision for the company throughout our five decades of working together were a vital component in creating the success that TTC is today.

“Mike was a wonderful friend and a revered business associate, whom we will all deeply miss. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Mike’s family at this incredibly difficult time.”