The Travel Corporation

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The Travel Corporation
Industry Travel and Leisure
Key people

Stanley S Tollman, Founder & Chairman
Michael Ness, Deputy Chairman
Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer
Australia – John Weeks, President
Canada – Jeff Element, President
New Zealand – Mark Turner, President
South Africa – Theresa Szejwallo, Managing Director; Michael Tollman
Switzerland - Gavin Tollman

USA – Richard Launder, President
Products tour operations, hotels, river cruise ships
Number of employees

The Travel Corporation (TTC), sometimes known as TravCorp, is a Travel and Leisure Group operating in over 60 countries with 35 offices around the world and more than 10,000 staff, serving over 1.5 million customers annually. As a Group it comprises 24 successful travel brands. The brands are independently managed and comprise tour operations, hotels and river cruise ships. Some of these established businesses have been in operation for over 40 years.[1]

The Group has operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Canada, Germany, China, Singapore, Guernsey, Switzerland, Greece, France, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. The Group’s brands include Trafalgar Tours, Insight Vacations, Contiki Tours, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Red Carnation Hotels, AAT Kings, Creative Holidays, Brendan Vacations, New Horizons, Grand European Travel, African Travel, Lion World, Busabout, Aussie Adventure, HAGGiS Adventures, Highland Explorer Tours Shamrocker Adventures, Inspiring Journeys and Evan Evans Tours.

The Company also established some years ago a non-profit affiliate, the TreadRight Foundation, to oversee various projects initiated around the world to support sustainable tourism, help foster the preservation of popular tourist sites and areas to assist in ensuring they are around for people to enjoy for generations to come.[2]

Escorted touring[edit]

The Travel Corporation's motor-coach escorted touring divisions include AAT Kings (with its sub-brands Aussie Adventure and Inspiring Journeys), Brendan Vacations, Busabout, Contiki Holidays, Evan Evans Tours, Grand European Tours, HAGGiS Adventures, Insight Vacations, Shamrocker Adventures, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and Trafalgar Tours.


This brand, established 1 April 1998,[3] has been described as a "hop-on-hop-off but geared to backpackers and student-style travelers".[4] As of 2002, the service linked 66 cities (up from 30 in 1998,[5] and "more than 60" in 1999)[6] in 14 countries.[4] Each bus sports a guide who can help with advice and information about served localities.[4]

Independent touring[edit]

Unlike escorted touring, independent touring is characterized by a more independent travel experience. The tourist is provided travel information and touring packages, however independent tours allow tourists to plan their own itinerary and tour a destination independent of a group or tour escort. Independent touring packages offered by The Travel Corporation include Brendan Vacations (based in the US); New Horizons (based in Western Australia); Creative Holidays (based in Australia); African Travel, Inc. and Lion World Tours. Creative Holidays is Australia’s largest independent travel company.

Youth travel[edit]

The Travel Corporation builds tourism packages for different demographics; one such group is the 18–35 age-bracket. Travel Corporation tour packages offered to this age group are characterized by fast-paced travel, budgeted tours and what is known as ‘hop-on/hop-off’ bus tours. Youth Travel brands owned and managed by The Travel Corporation include: Contiki Holidays, HAGGiS Adventures, Shamrocker Adventures and Busabout.


Red Carnation Hotels is a group of luxury boutique hotels located in the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, South Africa, Guernsey and Switzerland.

In August 2015 Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland was voted world's best hotel by Virtuoso Travel Week and third best world hotel in July 2015 by Travel + Leisure magazine, US.[7]

In January 2011, five Red Carnation hotels (The Milestone, Egerton House Hotel, Hotel 41, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve, Twelve Apostles Hotel) featured in Condé Nast Traveller's Gold List of 'best places in the world to stay.'[8]


In addition to tour packages, The Travel Corporation owns and operates transportation services which operate locally as well as internationally. The transportation brands include: AAT Kings and Atlas Reizen (based in The Netherlands). AAT Kings has received numerous awards from the Australian Travel Industry for Best Domestic Tour Operator. It was the first national touring company to include cultural interaction with local Aboriginal people. Both companies operate 155 vehicles in total.[citation needed]


The Travel Corporation also offers river cruising packages through Uniworld, a US-based river tour company. Similar to ocean liner cruises, river cruises offer food and accommodations on large riverboats that visit tourist destinations. Uniworld operates river cruises across Europe, Asia and the Middle East on a number of rivers including the Rhine, Main, Danube, and the Seine River. The Trvael Corporation is a very big company


In South Africa, the Group is the largest shareholder of Cullinan Holdings Ltd, one of South Africa's oldest public companies, and which owns household travel brands such as Thompsons Africa, Thompsons Holidays, Thompsons Touring & Safari, Hylton Ross Tours, Planet Africa, Gateway Tours, Pentravel as well as Marine businesses Manex and Central Boating. The Travel Corporation is also a significant shareholder in Wilderness Safaris, a publicly listed Group on the Botswana exchange and which is Africa’s leading Safari and Conservation Group.

Tollman family[edit]

The Travel Corporation, which has been trading for over fifty years, was founded by the current Chairman, Stanley Tollman. The Company is wholly owned by members of the Tollman family, four generations of which are actively involved with the business.

In 2008 Stanley Tollman pleaded guilty to one count of tax fraud and agreed to pay more than $105 million to the U.S. government in back taxes and various fraud penalties[9].

Beatrice and Stanley Tollman have had £50,000 political donations returned by the Conservative party, after conducting an investigation into the donations[10].

Brett Tollman, their son, pleaded guilty in 2003 to tax fraud and in 2004 was sentenced to 33 months in prison and a $3.5 million restitution fee[11].

Trafalgar Tours[edit]

Trafalgar Tours
Industry Travel and Leisure
Key people
Gavin Tollman, Global CEO
Products guided holiday tours
Number of employees
Parent The Travel Corporation

Trafalgar Tours is a travel company that provides guided holidays to over 200 destinations worldwide. The company is owned by The Travel Corporation which has been in business since 1947. Trafalgar has offices in Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the UK and the USA and operates guided tours across six continents. Trafalgar specializes in providing local experts and guides and offers a variety of package options for individuals, couples, groups and families.

The Travel Corporation, which has been trading for over fifty years, was founded by the current chairman, Stanley Tollman. The company is wholly owned by members of the Tollman family, and four generations of Tollmans are currently actively involved with the business. In 2010, Gavin Tollman, Stanley Tollman's nephew, was appointed as the new global Chief Executive Officer of Trafalgar. Gavin Tollman has worked with Trafalgar since 1997. He served as the company's global head of sales between 2003 and 2010 after working as the President for Trafalgar Tours from 1997. Prior to joining Trafalgar Gavin held the position of Executive Vice President of the Buckhead Hotel Management Company in the United States.

In 1972, over 4,000 Canadians used Trafalgar's services in international locations. At the time, it was owned by British company Simpsons Travel Service.[12] In the same year, over 40,000 Australians and New Zealanders used the company's services.[13] From the start of the company in 1947 until its 65th birthday in 2012, Trafalgar has served over 2 million customers worldwide. Trafalgar offers a variety of tourism packages.[14] "First Class packages" include first class hotels, VIP entry into attractions and luxury transport. "Leisure packages" cater to travelers who want a combination of guided excursions and independent travel. Trafalgar also offers "Family Experiences" packages catered to the needs of families with children.


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  2. ^ "Foundation Overview | TreadRight Foundation". TreadRight Foundation. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Izon, Lucy (25 January 1998). "Hopping on New Bus Services". Backpack & Budget. Los Angeles Times. p. L20. Retrieved 2 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra). 
  4. ^ a b c Izon, Lucy (28 April 2002). "Low Prices to See Sea Turtles in Costa Rica". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra). 
  5. ^ Jellie, Dugald (25 April 1998). "Europe by bus". Travel. The Sydney Morning Herald. p. 7, Col. 7. Retrieved 2 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra). 
  6. ^ "Busabout Web Site". Travel. Sun-Sentinel, South Florida. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 3 October 1999. p. 3J. Retrieved 2 July 2018 – via (Publisher Extra). 
  7. ^ Irish Independent August 12 2015
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  9. ^ "Former travel executive Tollman guilty of tax evasion". 
  10. ^ "Conservatives forced to return another £20,000 after accepting donation from convicted tax evader". 
  11. ^ "General Election 2015: Conservatives forced to return more than £50,000 donated by wife of convicted fraudster". 
  12. ^ "European Tours for 1973 with "Trafalgar Tours"". The Montreal Gazette. 1973-03-10. 
  13. ^ "Visiting Europe?". The Age. 1973-03-05. 
  14. ^ [1], Trafalgar tourism packages