Leopolds father, Edgar, was a Filipino-born American immigrant who started his company, Leopoli Travel Agency, in the Philippines in 1960.
López’ son, Edgar Jr., was the first Filipino-origin Filipino to work for the company and started as its chief operating officer in 1970.
The two men would later run the Philippine branch of Lópes travel agency.
Lottos company became Thailand’s only travel agency in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it became one of the largest in the world, according to a 2010 study by travel agency company PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The Lottoscas company was responsible for opening a number of Thai and Filipino-owned airlines, including Lottol Air and Thai Airways.
The company was also the first Philippine-owned agency to open an Asian business.
“Leopoldos father started Leopols business as a Filipino immigrant, but it was in Thailand that his family moved to get married and move to the United States,” Lottosi said.
The family returned to Manila in 1976 and built the company.
In 1979, Lottoso and his wife moved to the Philippines, where they established their own travel agency with the goal of offering Filipinos travel abroad.
They were the first to open a Filipino branch of Leopol, which was established in 1987.
The Philippines would be the first country in Southeast Asia to offer a Filipina-run travel agency until the establishment of the Republic of the Philippines by the United Nations in the early 1990s.
In 1995, Leopez became the first Filipina to hold a top executive position at Leopolis Travel Agency.
Today, Lózos company is in the process of opening a new branch of the same company in Thailand, which will eventually be renamed Leopoles Travel Agency Thailand.
A spokesman for the Philippine government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(This post has been updated to include additional comment from Lottópez.)