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The Travel Corporation has announced that the company’s founder Stanley Tollman died last week, aged 91 years.

TTC said, “Tollman made it possible for tens of millions of consumers at every stage of life to discover the world through his portfolio of brands and businesses,” with TTC including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki Holidays, Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld, Adventure World Travel and AAT Kings, operating in 70 countries,

Tollman was born in South Africa, but he and his wife Beatrice left South Africa in 1976 and for England and the USA.

I met Stanley several times when I was working in New York and without any question he was an industry leader, a visionary and a pioneer with an intimate knowledge of business and a keen eye for new opportunity.

TTC said that Tollman also had a deep commitment to sustainability, with his family’s Treadright Foundation supporting more than 55 projects worldwide, adding, “Under Tollman’s leadership
as Chairman, TTC has become one of the most renowned and respected family owned and run travel businesses in the world.”

Breaking Travel News in the UK said Tollman carefully oversaw TTC, maintaining an uncompromising commitment to offering the highest standards, with internationally, each brand strategically positioned and is clearly differentiated in its market sector, adding that from an employee development perspective, across all brands and businesses is the ethos first and continuously lived out by Tollman: genuine care for the people of TTC, their clients, partners and staff.

Chief executive of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, Geoffrey Kent, was among the first to pay tribute, asying, “One of the most amazing figures in travel and tourism has left us – his name is Stanley Tollman”, adding, “I have known him and his lovely wife Bea since I met them for the first time in 1972 in the Tollman Towers, a brand-new hotel they had just built in Johannesburg in 1970.” and “Our travel paths have been closely linked over the years”, and “Stan and his lovely family were always on the cutting edge in the travel industry and continually creating new products run with consummate style”….“They made so many people so very happy.”

Breaking Travel News in the UK added that Tollman family’s success with TTC was always driven by the entrepreneurial and industrial spirit of the patriarch, with Tollman unwavering in his insistence that family bonds must never compromised and that from the beginning his partnership with his wife Beatrice, known universally as Bea, to whom he had been married for 67 years, provided Tollman with the love, support, confidence and complementary expertise needed to courageously venture out into the global tourism world.

Three of the Tollman’s four children, Toni, Brett and Vicki are today central to TTC’s operations, as are Gavin, the son of his late brother Arnold, and Michael, a nephew and beyond them, grandchildren are now forming part of the fourth generation of Tollmans within the expanding operation.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “We in Ireland are eternally grateful for the lasting impact and legacy of Stanley Tollman, adding, “His vision, positivity and values left a positive influence on us all” and “The investment of Red Carnation Hotels into Ashford Castle has meant Ireland continues to punch above its weight on the world stage”, adding, “The consequential impact on rural Ireland cannot be overstated” and “Our thoughts are with his wife Bea and entire family at this time.”

Rest in Peace Stanley Tollman.

A report by John Alwyn-Jones.

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