Michelle Papas, business events stalwart, tragically dies of coronary episode

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Industry stalwart Michelle Papas passed away following an unexpected coronary episode on the weekend.

Micenet Magazine writes that Michelle and her husband, Kirk Fitis, were enjoying a regular Saturday morning when she suffered the coronary episode at around midday. Doctors were unable to save her life.

Michelle and Kirk were married in Greece in 2018. 

Michelle is remembered as one of the business events industry’s most charismatic and accomplished individuals, with her most recent role being as Event Director of Luxperience. Associated with the luxury travel showcase for over eight years, Michelle also serviced clients through her own company, The Experience Quotient. 

Earlier in her career, Michelle worked for the South Australian Tourism Commission, Shangri-La and Sheraton on the Park in sales.

Joyce DiMascio writes that Michelle stood out for her “elegant professionalism”.

“Warm, competent and so adaptable, she was involved in some of the most important events of the business events industry – whether as an exhibitor at AIME or in the later part of her career, as the Event Director of Luxperience,” DiMascio writes for Micenet.

“Her vast network of industry friends and colleagues are shattered at this untimely news and we send our deepest condolences to her husband, Kirk Fitis and her family and friends.”

Her friend and colleague, Helen Logas, also described her as a veteran of the travel industry whose contribution will be “valued eternally”.

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