Stanley Tollman, the chairman and founder of The Travel Corporation has passed away at the age of 91 following a battle with cancer.
Tollman – who is the father of TTC’s chief executive officer, Brett Tollman – spent the final days of his life in France surrounded by his close-knit family.
TTC’s founder was born in South Africa and was one of the architects of the global tourism industry as well as being a devoted philanthropist.
Sir Geoffrey Kent, founder, co-chairman of Abercrombie & Kent, said: “One of the most amazing figures in travel and tourism has left us. His name is Stanley Tollman. 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. Our travel paths have been closely linked over the years. 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.”
And the CEO of Tourism Ireland, Niall Gibbons observed: “We in Ireland are eternally grateful for the lasting impact and legacy of Stanley Tollman. His vision, positivity and values left a positive influence on us all. The investment of Red Carnation Hotels into Ashford Castle has meant Ireland continues to punch above its weight on the world stage. The consequential impact on rural Ireland cannot be overstated. Our thoughts are with his wife Bea and entire family at this time.”
In 1968, Stanley Tollman opened TTC’s first Canadian office and began acquiring and bringing TTC’s various brands to Canada for the past 53 years.
So, take a moment today and remember Stanley Tollman, one of the icons of the global travel industry.
He will be missed.