Lynda Sinclair, a longtime standout of the Canadian travel industry and the former senior vice president of leisure travel with Vision Travel, passed away on Monday at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer.
After joining in 2004, Sinclair spent time across more than two decades with Vision, working in a variety of roles including as general manager and director of operations for the Vision 200 Travel@Home team and director of leisure business development. Sinclair, most recently, helped Vision rebrand its corporate division to Direct Travel last year.
Sinclair was a kind and strong voice across the industry, including as a member of Travel Market Report’s Advisory Board, as well as a member of the Abercrombie and Kent advisory board, and as a columnist for Canada’s Travelweek trade website.
“Lynda was an enthusiastic and passionate travel industry leader. She cared deeply about the teams she worked with and their success. She will be missed greatly,” Wendy Paradis, president of the Association of Canadian Travel Agents (ACTA) said.
“I’m so unbelievably sad to hear of this,” Richard Vanderlubbe, president of Canada’s tripcentral.ca said. “She was smart, practical, and had a great sense of humor. A warm person. She will be missed by many in our industry, even those who did not directly work with her.”
“I really got to know Lynda and her husband on an A&K Advisory Board trip in Tanzania in March 2017. Lynda was a consummate professional in everything she did, but particularly on advisory boards. Her passion was infectious and it was her zest to explore that made her a force in the travel industry. She will truly be missed,” Jennifer-Wilson Buttigieg told Travel Market Report.
“Lynda was an active member of TMR’s editorial board and was always willing to share ideas, knowledge and her expertise. She was also a strong advocate of the travel agency community,” Travel Market Report's Publisher Anne-Marie Moebes said. “She was a kind, caring and fun loving person who always lit up the room she entered. Lynda will be sorely missed by the travel industry.”