Robin Yap awarded Gold Medal

The Travel Corporation President, Asia – Robin Yap awarded Gold Medal for Tourism from ATOUT France

Singapore, 8 July 2017 – Robin Yap, Asia President of The Travel Corporation received the prestigious Gold Medal for Tourism (“Médaille d’or du Tourisme”) from Atout France, the France tourism development agency, on 7 July 2017. The award was presented by His Excellency Marc ABENSOUR, Ambassador of France to Singapore at his excellency’s residence.

Operating in 60 countries, The Travel Corporation (TTC) is a highly successful international travel group with over 25 award winning brands. These include Insight Vacations, Trafalgar Tours, Contiki Holidays, Uniworld Cruises, Thompson Gateway Africa, Red Carnation Hotels and other leisure interests.

The Tourism Medal was created in 1989 and is the most prestigious token of recognition awarded by the French Tourism Industry. It is described as an honorary award for outstanding and valuable professionalism, either in France or abroad, to those who have contributed throughout their career to the development of tourism in France. The medal is awarded to individuals either in France or abroad, and Robin Yap is the second person in Singapore to receive this honour.

On presenting the medal, His Excellency Marc ABENSOUR said, “On behalf of the French Tourism industry, I am delighted to give the Gold Tourism Medal to Robin Yap, The Travel Corporation, President, Asia to honour and thank him for being a true ambassador for our country. Robin has been a voluntary member of our International Advisory Board from 2005 and this award is our way of showing him our appreciation for his active role in promoting French tourism. “

“I am deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award from Atout France and from His Excellency Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore. I am a firm believer that Tourism plays a key role in promoting mutual understanding and respect between countries. At The Travel Corporation (TTC), we understand that travel matters and we are deeply passionate about sharing our love for travel. Through enriching experiences, our guests can gain a deeper understanding of each destination, learning about history, culture and cuisine of the people they meet along the way,” said Robin Yap, The Travel Corporation, Asia President.

We also recognize that it is our responsibility to protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us. Hence, we established TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Therefore, promoting tourism is definitely not a one-man show and I humbly receive this award on behalf of The Travel Corporation and all my travel agency partners in Singapore.” added Yap.

Robin serves as a member of the Advisory Council of Pacific Asia Travel Association’s (PATA) Singapore Chapter and member of Outbound Travel Committee of National Association of Travel Agents (NATAS).

He is deeply passionate about sports, and counts bowling and cycling as his two favourite sports. Robin is currently Chairman of Singapore Bowling Pte Ltd, a business unit of Singapore Bowling Federation and Resource Advisor of Singapore Bowling Federation, which seeks to promote bowling in Singapore.

Robin is active in community work and has volunteered with several grassroots committees. He is currently serving his seventh term as District Councillor of the Northwest Community Development Council of Singapore and is Patron of the Canberra Community Club Management Committee.

Robin was conferred the Pingat Bakti Masyarakat (Public Service Medal), PBM by the President of Singapore in 2010, and a Community Long Service Medal in 2015 by the Mayor of the Northwest District for rendering commendable public service in Singapore.

About The Travel Corporation
Operating in 60 countries, TTC (The Travel Corporation) offers an extensive selection of award-winning international travel and tourism companies including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Contiki Holidays, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, and more. TTC is committed to sustainable tourism through the TreadRight Foundation which has to date donated more than two million dollars to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. To learn more about TreadRight, please visit

About Atout France:
Atout France is the France Tourism Development Agency, responsible for promoting France worldwide & developing France’s tourism economy. As the French government's sole operator regarding the promotion of all aspects of tourism in France, we provide services and events for tourism professionals (press, tour operators and travel agents as well as event planners) and information to the general public. We work in partnership with public and private organizations and companies involved in the tourism industry, i.e. over 1,200 members representing the whole spectrum of France's tourism sector, as well as with local partners all over the world. Atout France is the official government agency whose mission is to develop travel and tourism to France. It specialties cover: Tourism, Travel, Marketing, Advertising, Media Relations / PR, Partnerships, Event Planning, Social Media, Advice, Sales missions, Branding, Strategy.

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