Stanley Tollman, the founder and chairman of the Travel Corporation, which grew from a single hotel in Johanesburg, South Africa, to a travel industry powerhouse encompassing more than 40 brands, died following a battle with cancer. He was 91.
Travel Corporation brands include Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Red Carnation Hotels and Contiki. It also was in the sustainable travel movement via its TreadRight Foundation.
Over the years, Tollman and his wife, Beatrice, who was the founder and president of Red Carnation, grew their hotel group – a second venture, the Hyde Park Hotel, was home to an A-list attraction, the Colony restaurant and cabaret bar – into guided vacations, luxury escorted tours, small-group adventures, luxury cruising, real estate, safaris and youth travel.
In 2020, the Tollmans accepted a Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award from Cape Town, where Tollman reflected on his career in the industry. He called traveler’s annual holiday “the most important dynamic in their lives.”
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