Stanley Tollman, chairman of The Travel Corporation (TTC), has died at the age of ninety-one following a battle with cancer.
Celebrated as one of the architects of the global tourism industry and a devoted philanthropist, Tollman’s visionary leadership, innovative approach to travel experience development, innate understanding of excellence in hospitality, and commitment to employee care nurtured TTC’s development into one of the most innovative and respected privately held travel companies in the world, with offices in numerous countries.
Tollman’s life’s work has embedded a spirit of family across the over 10,000 employees working within TTC’s portfolio of 40 award-winning brands operating in 70 countries worldwide.
His death represents a great loss that will be felt throughout TTC, and the travel industry at large.
Tributes to Tollman have been many, most notably from highly respected industry leaders including Geoffrey Kent, founder, co-chairman and CEO of luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent.
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.”
Tollman closed the final days of his life in France, surrounded by his close-knit family.