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Red Carnation founder Bea Tollman inducted into the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame

30 April 2019 by
Red Carnation founder Bea Tollman inducted into the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame

Bea Tollman, the founder of the Red Carnation hotel collection, was one of six inductees to the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame, which took place at the Four Seasons at Park Lane, London, last night.

Tollman has led the Red Carnation Hotel Collection for the past 35 years and created a legacy in 17 individually designed properties.

Joining her husband Stanley Tollman, who was inducted into the hall of fame in 2015, she was described by Jacobs Media Group chairman Clive Jacobs as "one of the most inspirational individuals in our industry".

He added: "Her personal approach and obsessive attention to detail have always been central to her ethos of creating hotels where guests know they will consistently receive the very finest service."

In addition, the British Travel & Hospitality Hall of Fame welcomed new inductees Frank Del Rio, chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, AMAWaterways co-owners Kristin Karst and Rudi Schreiner, and Gary and Rita Beckwith, founders of City Cruises.

Foodservice and hospitality operator WSH, meanwhile, won the Business Achievement Award on the night.

Alastair Storey, chairman and chief executive of the group that includes BaxterStorey, Searcys and Benugo, accepted the award from Accor chief operating officer Thomas Dubaere at the gala dinner.

Dubaere said that the recognition was for a business "with a reputation for putting people first and a commitment to supporting talent within the industry".

"Where others may have struggled, WSH continues to strive and grow."

Other winners on the night included Yorebridge House, North Yorkshire, general manager Sophie Egglestone who received the Young Manager Award, and Urban Cordial founder Natasha Steele who was named Young Entrepreneur.

Presenting the Young Manager Award, Casna Group managing director Nick Appell said: "Sophie Egglestone juggles her responsibilities as general manager of the five gold AA star Yorebridge House hotel with raising her three-year-old son with skill, grace and a smile."

The Hall of Fame is owned and hosted by Jacobs Media Group, the parent company of flagship brands The Caterer and Travel Weekly.

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