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    20 Feb 2018


    Hill Dickinson offices


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

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    Travel Finance Conference – London

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    This event is now sold out. To be added to the waiting list please contact events@abta.co.uk

    ABTA’s second annual Travel Finance Conference returns in February 2018.

    This one-day event will offer an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the pertinent issues that travel industry finance directors are facing today. It will bring together experts, who will share their in-depth knowledge on important key issues such as financial reporting, business tax and financial trends within the travel industry.

    There will be a particular focus on the Payment Services Directive II and VAT-TOMS as well as The Package Travel Directive and cyber security.

    The Bank of England will give an overview of the current economic landscape. You will hear a review of the key financial trends and indicators to help you benchmark your business and identify opportunities, as well as an overview of the future currency issues that companies are facing.

    2018 is a monumental year of regulatory change. The conference will explore what these changes mean for you as finance professionals and offer practical guidance on what you need to implement.

    View agenda.


    • Cyber security: what are the risks
    • Travel VAT-TOMS, EU and Brexit
    • Business tax update including R&D tax credits, EIS and SEIS
    • Financial reporting and accounting update
    • The economic landscape
    • The future of card payments
    • Financial trends within the travel industry 


    • Moderated by: Carolyn Watson, Director of Finance and Resources, ABTA
    • Simon Bunce, Director of Legal Affairs, ABTA
    • Dominic Stammers, Partner, BDO
    • Andy Cohen, Head of ATOL, Civil Aviation Authority 
    • Matt Quinlisk, Finance Director, DER Touristik UK
    • Jonathan Wall, Managing Director, Elman Wall Travel Accountants
    • David Bennett, VAT Consultant, Elman Wall Bennett  
    • Peter O'Halloran, Vice President & General Manager, eCommerce, International and Tim Rumble, Business Development Manager, First Data
    • Suzanne Horner, Chief Executive Officer, ‎Gray Dawes Travel
    • Iain Donaldson, Partner, Hill Dickinson
    • Steve Williams, Contractor, Moore Stephens 
    • Peter Andrews, Agent, Greater London, The Bank of England 
    • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy 
    • Nikki Spoor, Director, White Hart Associates (London) Limited

    Benefits of attending

    • Ensure you fully understand what the upcoming legislative changes mean and what you need to implement in 2018
    • Hear a real-life case study on merger and acquisition activity
    • Leave with the most up-to-date content around vital financial issues, to take back to your organisation
    • Network and learn from industry colleagues who are facing the same issues as you

    Who should attend?

    The event 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 

    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 or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

    Non-Members are welcome to attend ABTA Conferences and Events. For information about becoming a Member click here.

    You can view our booking terms and conditions here.

    Please note that due to the popularity of this event, places are limited to 3 delegates per organisation.


    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.


    Event sponsors

    BDO is a global accountancy and business advisory firm. We operate in 162 countries with 74,000 people working out of 1,500 offices worldwide. Globally, BDO generates revenues of $8.1bn.

    In the UK, we operate from 18 offices, covering all major business centres, across the country, employing 3,600 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a wide range of consulting and advisory services.

    As the world's fifth largest accounting network, BDO International combines global reach with strong personal relationships. 


    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.

    Contact: david.bennett@elmanwall.co.uk 


    Next generation POS solutions for fast, secure and reliable payment transactions.

    Whether your customers shop in-store, online or on-the-go, they want convenient experiences that let them shop seamlessly and pay with ease. We offer everything you need to help serve your customers better, grow sales and simplify the way you run your business.

    First Data is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.


    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.


    For more than 12 years, we’ve been helping travel businesses. Helping with ATOL, ABTA and IATA regulatory and bonding issues. Helping with financial, back office and supplier payment services and helping create business plans, raise money, and find investors. 

    At The Travel Trade Consultancy we offer friendly, concise, practical advice to help you manage your business through changes that affect your business. We also offer a compliance management service that means you’ll never have to think about it again. 


    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.



    Established in 1993, we have developed a reputation as a leading global provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and financial management solutions (FMS). Our size and influence has grown significantly during this time, and we have developed a strong relationship with major software authors SAP and Infor, establishing ourselves as the global number one partner for Infor Sunsystems and SAP Business One. We have extensive experience implementing cost-effective financial and business management solutions for companies operating in the travel and tourism industry and work with businesses across the sector including travel agents, tour operators and holiday parks.



    “Paysafe is a leading provider of payments acceptance for the travel industry. Powered by award-winning proprietary technology, Paysafe offers:

    • Tokenized card payments
    • Transparent and competitive interchange++ pricing
    • 200 in-house risk rule tools tailored to your specific needs
    • Full suite of API’s and SDK’s to ensure a frictionless payment experience
    • Advanced reporting & transaction management system
    • Dedicated relationship management



    Founded in 1979, and transacting $20bn per year, AFEX is one of the largest privately owned currency providers globally. With offices across North America, EMEA and Asia-Pacific, and a diverse client base exceeding 35,000 commercial clients, we provide bespoke global payment and risk management solutions ranging from same-day, spot payments to flexible forward hedging solutions, market analysis and a comprehensive suite of tailored structured products.


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    An extremely good event - one to keep on ABTA's agenda

    Mark Caldicott