Terry McCabe
Terry McCabe

Terry McCabe, who started her career as an agent and was most recently in a senior management position at Altour, died May 4 after a battle with cancer. She was 62.

McCabe, of Glen Rock, N.J., started her career as a travel agent in her home state. She went on to work at Stratton Travel Management in Oakland, N.J., for 25 years, ending her tenure there as president.

After Stratton was sold in 2004, McCabe was approached by Altour’s owner, Alexandre Chemla, who opened the company’s office in Paramus, N.J., for her. Altour said that office remains one of its most successful locations.

McCabe was most recently Altour’s senior vice president and national leisure director. The company said she was very involved in the creation of and property selection for the Altour Hotel Collection, in addition to serving her clients.

Throughout her career, McCabe — an expert in tropical beach destinations, including the Caribbean — was a consistent presence on Wendy Perrin’s annual list of top travel advisers, as well as Conde Nast Traveler’s annual list. She was The Travel Channel’s online beach expert.

McCabe was a member of several advisory boards: Conde Nast Traveler, Four Seasons, Preferred Hotel Group, Starwood Luxury Collection, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Belmond, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Ritz Carlton.

“Terry was an amazing friend and colleague,” Chemla said in a statement. “Without her wisdom, strong industry relationships and luxury focus, Altour Paramus would not exist. She is greatly loved throughout the industry and will be missed."

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