Travel Finance Conference - London
    21 Feb 2017


    Hill Dickinson


    The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London, EC2A 2EW


    09:30 - 17:30

    Travel Finance Conference - London

    Event details

    This event is sold out. Please contact events@abta.co.uk for details of the next conference.

    Our new one-day Travel Finance Conference offers an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the pertinent issues that travel industry finance directors are facing today, with a key focus on practical guidance and implementation. 

    The financial health of a business is paramount to its success and with laws surrounding topics such as VAT-TOMS and cyber security continually changing, it's vital that organisations have the most up to date information.

    This event will bring together experts, who will share their in-depth knowledge on important travel issues such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity, business continuity and hedging derivatives as well as providing a general accounting update. 

    To view the full programme, click here.


    Sessions for the day include:

    • VAT-TOMS – a policy update, where are we now?
    • A market update looking at travel in 2016 and the outlook for 2017
    • Financial reporting and accounting update 
    • Mergers and Acquisitions activity in the travel industry
    • The future of card payments 
    • The impact of travel law reform on your finances
    • What common pitfalls should your business be aware of in relation to cyber security, data privacy and the incoming GDPR legislation?

    A full programme will be announced in due course. 


    • Colin Scott-Morton, Senior Policy Advisor, HMRC
    • Carolyn Watson, Director of Finance and Resources, ABTA 
    • Chris Beveridge, Associate Director – Governance, Risk & Assurance and Alan Broadhead, Information and Cyber Security Manager, Moore Stephens
    • Chris Photi, Head of Travel and Leisure, White Hart Associates
    • David Bennett, VAT Consultant, Elman Wall Bennett 
    • Richard Bowden-Doyle, Executive Chairman, Neilson Active Holidays 
    • Russell Eisen, Tax Director, Elman Wall
    • Simon Moriarty, Director of Research: Brazil, China, India / Foodservice, Leisure, Travel (EMEA), Mintel 

    Benefits of attending

    • Take back the most up-to-date content around vital travel finance issues, to your organisation
    • Bring your questions and discuss real-life scenarios with our panel of financial experts
    • Take part in an interactive VAT-TOMS panel discussion
    • Hear member’s perspectives on how they are tackling key travel industry issues
    • Network with peers, hear about the finance concerns your colleagues are facing.      

    Who should attend?

    This conference is ideal for large and small companies within the travel industry, including the following:

    • CEOs and directors
    • Finance directors and managers
    • Finance, audit and commercial teams.

    This event is open to ABTA Members, non-Members and the wider travel community.

    Event prices

    ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rate: £245 plus VAT 
    Non-member rate: £365 plus VAT 

    *To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number. 

    Non-members are welcome to attend ABTA Conferences and Events. 

    Event sponsorship

    Headline sponsor

    Hill Dickinson is one of the UK's premier law firms known for its legal advice to the travel industry. It advises tour operators, cruise operators, travel agents and airlines across the industry on various aspects as diverse as the Package Travel Regulations themselves, right through to the smallest detail in setting their own booking terms and conditions.  Recognised as leaders in their field, they have particular expertise in defence of personal injury claims, commercial dispute resolution, commercial matters and regulatory issues.

    Hill Dickinson acts for companies such as www.jet2.com, Carnival, P&O, Advantage Travel Partnership, Thomas Cook and EasyJet.

    For more information visit www.hilldickinson.com or call Joanna Kolatsis, Head of Aviation and Travel, on 020 7280 9103 or Maria Pittordis, Head of Marine, Trade and Energy, on 020 7280 9296.


    Most Accountants don’t understand the Travel Industry

    We certainly didn’t many years ago. Our expertise took years to build. Just like yours.

    We are multi award-winning auditors, tax and business advisors to over 180 travel companies who recognise that we add value to them in ways that a non-specialist accountant simply can't.

    We can help you with TOMS & Travel VAT,  Travel M&A, ABTA,  ATOL & IATA requirements, R&D Tax Credits on Reservation Systems, Credit Card Acquirers, FOREX and best practice processes.

    Your travel business matters. Our expertise counts. Let’s talk.

    Please contact us for a complimentary, no obligation consultation.

    Elman Wall Bennett is a consultancy focused on travel VAT run by David Bennett.

    David is a VAT consultant specialising in the travel sector.  David advises a broad range of tour operators and travel agents on TOMS and other matters such as the VAT place of supply rules. 

    David has represented ABTA on the Fiscal Committee of ECTAA since 2000.  This has involved extensive work on issues such as the Commission’s proposals for reform of TOMS.

    David has been instrumental in the establishment of TTL Net, a network of VAT advisors specialising in the travel sector.  TTL Net now has consultants in 19 member states plus Switzerland and Iceland.

    Moore Stephens is a top ten accounting and advisory network, with offices throughout the UK and across the globe.

    With a long-established track record of providing accounting services, tax planning and business advice in the travel and tourism industry, Moore Stephens pride ourselves on giving insightful, practical and integrated advice to our clients within the Travel sector.

    Our clients have access to bespoke services and solutions, including audit and assurance, business support and outsourcing, payroll and employers’ support, business and personal tax, governance and risk, corporate finance, forensic accounting, wealth management, IT consultancy, and restructuring and insolvency.

    Travel Trade Consultancy is an independent advisory firm providing bespoke advice and services to new and existing businesses in the travel sector. We specialise in understanding the complex UK and European travel regulations and we are experts in matters concerning ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

    WHA are the UK’s leading firm of Travel Accountants who have been providing accountancy, taxation, licensing and regulatory advice to Travel and Leisure companies of all sizes for over 35 years.

    We have expertise in all areas of corporate tax, including Research and Development, TOMS VAT and other specialist tax reliefs such as SEIS/EIS and EMI.

    Chris Photi, Head of Travel and Leisure at WHA and his team have also acted as Corporate Finance Advisors to a number of high profile Mergers and Acquisitions in the travel sector.

    For details on how to promote your company via headline sponsorship, branding and exhibition, contact Matt Turton on 020 3117 0548 or mturton@abta.co.uk.


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