Amral Khan, founder of Amral’s Travel and a well known steelband impresario, has died.
Khan created one of the most popular travel agencies in the country, making his mark as an exemplary businessman. He later sold the business but employees throughout the agency yesterday remembered him as a kind man with a keen business sense.
Amral’s agency was revolutionary in the travel business when it first opened for business in 1967.
In preparation for this, Khan and his wife had spent a decade travelling to more than 100 countries studying the various aspects of travel, including hotel accommodations and conducted tours.
In addition to establishing a “travel service with a difference,” Khan led ten steelbands—including four onsored by Singapore Airlines—to almost every corner of the world for 11 years, performing to over one billion people.
Pan Trinbago’s Richard Forteau, when told the news expressed shock at Khan’s passing.
“It’s a big loss to the steelpan industry . . . first we lost Ken professor Philmore and now Amral Khan,” he said. “It’s really shocking news. Mr Khan was a pioneer. He had a lot of love for pan and all that it brought with it.
“He was really a pioneer in the industry and his talent and knowledge played an instrumental part in shaping it and we will always be thankful for that. This is truly sad news.”
Forteau recalled that Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers steelband did a memorable tour of East Africa and India.
“Amral Khan took the world by storm through his love for steelband and he was instrumental in marketing the instrument on an international level. He did it love and with pride,” he said.
Khan’s last active steelband involvement was as vice chairman of the World Steelband Festival 2000, which attracted steelbands from England, Sweden, Norway, the United States and the Caribbean.
In 1978 he wrote a 375-page autobiography.