Recognition by your peers tops it all. And if it’s a prestigious award by none other than TTG Asia, a leading trade publication that is even more sweeter.

The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) chief executive, Brett Tollman was awarded “Travel Entrepreneur of the Year” at the recent TTG Travel Awards 2016. The award presented in Bangkok recognises the most outstanding trend-setting travel professional in the region.

The TTG Travel Awards recognises leaders in the Asia-Pacific travel sector. Since the awards first began in 1989, this celebrated event is now arguably recognised as the most coveted and influential travel industry awards to be won in Asia-Pacific. Hong Leong Group Singapore executive chairman Kwek Leng Beng was a previous recipient for the “Travel Entrepreneur of the Year”. It is a non-voting category where winners are determined by TTG Asia’s editorial team.

Tollman has over 35 years’ experience in travel and tourism, and is currently also vice-chair of the World Travel and Tourism Council ( TTC is a privately-owned, family-run travel organisation that has grown significantly over the past 40 years.

Starting with just one small hotel in South Africa three generations ago, today TTC has over 30 brands operating in 70 countries. Some of TTC’s well-known brands include The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Trafalgar, Insight Vacations and Contiki.

“This is the first industry award and recognition I have received in my 35 plus years’ career. So I’m deeply honoured to receive this from TTG, and to share this with my family, my team, my peers and my followers on social media. This award is deeply meaningful to me, as my father, and Chairman, always brought me up to think and act entrepreneurially,” said Tollman, who is also founder of the company’s TreadRight Foundation.

Created as a joint initiative between TTC’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come.