In my life of travel I have visited the most incredible places across the globe, but it was not until I was asked to compile my Top Ten Bucket List of Trips (#TTCTopTen) that I realized I still have many more miles to travel!
I have always enjoyed the concept of a Bucket List. Now that our global team is beginning to post their Top Ten lists it provided a wonderful opportunity for me to update mine and begin to look forward to the next ten incredible places that I plan to travel to. With over 60 countries that our 30 award winning brands take our guests to every year I had a lot to choose from!
I recently attended the launch of the masterpiece ‘S.S. Maria Theresa’. The Godmother of the ship is Princess Anita von Hohenberg, a direct descendant of Maria Theresa and the Great-granddaughter of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Maria Theresa was the inspiration for the decoration of the ship, which is designed to feel like a Baroque castle and includes the painting of the ship’s namesake shown in the photo above. The Princess gave a wonderful speech and the Dom Perignon used to christen the ship broke on the 2nd attempt. I hope this is lucky!
How proud this morning, and what a change after last week’s incorrect and unfair story in the South African Sunday Times, to receive the UK Sunday Times and see Bea Tollman’s Red Carnation Hotels named 2nd in the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ in the UK.
Selling South African Headlines, Regardless Of Ethics
I was shocked, angry and deeply disappointed to read in the 22 February 2015 edition of a South African Sunday newspaper that attempted, utterly untruthfully, and irresponsibly, to link me and the rest of my family with the on going HSBC scandal. This is journalistic malpractice; there is no other way to describe it.
It is perhaps easier to start with the elements of the story which are true. I am indeed 84 years old and my daughter, Vicki, does have a bank account in Geneva with HSBC. That, sadly, is where the accuracy of the article stops.
A complete absence of fact has allowed for a gratuitous attack on a family whose financial and emotional commitment to the country of their birth is, I would suggest, second to none.