Training day

Data Protection and Cyber Security in Travel

    20 October 2022
  • Venue:
    ABTA, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ
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Event details

ABTA’s popular training day will provide a guide to data protection and cyber security in travel, including an update and refresher on key regulations including GDPR, DPA and PECR.

Understand what is next for data regulation, including the government’s data consultation, and ensure you are up to date on how to legally process and transfer data to the EU and the rest of the world.

Get the latest cyber security guidance, including the impact of hybrid working, and learn how to respond to a cyber breach.

About the event

Attend this travel industry focused training to improve your understanding of data processes and cyber security planning. Ensure you are lawfully and effectively managing the personal data held by your business.

Whether an operator, agent or supplier, learn about your responsibilities for storing and processing personal data, including how to handle cross-border data transfers and special category data. With many businesses operating a hybrid working model, get guidance on the ongoing processes around the handling of data across different departments.

Hear an update on compliance with key regulations including General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Protection Act (DPA) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR). Understand how the removal of third-party cookies will impact marketing.

The National Cyber Security Centre has urged organisations to take the steps to improve their resilience against an increased level of cyber threats. Hear an update on the current threat landscape and learn how to develop your cyber security plan. Get guidance on how to prevent and respond to a data breach through an interactive cyber breach workshop. 

Take the opportunity to discuss common practice with industry peers and bring your questions to the experts.


  • Key regulations and data protection principles for travel
  • Data reform and the proposed changes to GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act
  • Cross-border data transfers
  • Supplier management, processes and contracts
  • Update on web cookie consent banners
  • The role of the ICO
  • Data protection and marketing
  • Cyber security and preventing a data breach
  • Practical workshop: responding to a data breach


Moderator: Debbie Venn, Partner, DMH Stallard

Debbie Venn

With over 18 years of experience in acting as a trusted advisor, Debbie provides business-ready legal advice.  Debbie works with global brands and household names, advising on IT contracts (software licences, support and maintenance, SaaS / Cloud, managed services and IT infrastructure contracts), online trading / website regulation, privacy and data protection issues (including GDPRs), trading arrangements, contracts, collaboration agreements, intellectual property rights protection and commercialisation, licensing and royalty agreements.  Debbie has particular experience in the travel sector, working with tour operators, travel agents, destination management companies, suppliers, package travel and ATOL regulations, booking conditions and agency agreements.

  • Baris Aksoy, Chief Privacy Officer – EMEA, Flight Centre
  • Sheila Pancholi, National Cyber Security Lead, RSM UK
  • Richard Curtis, Director, RSM UK
  • Rebecca Leeves, Senior Associate, DMH Stallard
  • Malati Parekh, Solicitor, ABTA

Additional speakers to be announced, including cyber security experts and travel representatives.  

Benefits of attending

  • Update your understanding of, and assess, your compliance with the legal requirements for data protection and how they apply to travel
  • Learn how to legally transfer data to the EU and the rest of the world
  • Bring your questions to ABTA, legal and compliance experts
  • Take away practical tips that will improve your understanding of data protection processes across your company
  • Ensure you are prepared to handle a cyber breach and take part in a practical workshop to put your learning into practice.

Who should attend?

Travel professionals with a role in handling data, cyber security and implementing data protection policy. 

  • Directors, CEOs and senior managers
  • Legal and compliance teams
  • Data Protection Officers
  • HR, operations, finance and customer service teams
  • IT and information security teams
  • Marketing teams.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £235 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £355 plus VAT 

This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, all delegate materials, presentations and an attendee certificate. 

Make payment by credit or debit card. 

View our booking terms and conditions here.


  • Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
    (This discount will be automatically applied when you book online.)
  • If you are looking to book for a larger group please contact for a bespoke discount.

*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. For information about becoming a Member click here.


Event partner

DMH Stallard logo

DMH Stallard is an award-winning, independent law firm with offices across Sussex, Surrey and London that works in partnership with some of the most successful organisations in the country. We are able to provide multi-disciplinary legal teams with extensive technical knowledge to deliver high quality, tailored legal services to both companies and individuals. DMH Stallard has significant expertise in the travel sector, working with tour operators, travel agents, destination management companies and suppliers, advising on a wide range of commercial matters including package travel and ATOL regulations, booking conditions, agency agreements, supplier contracts and indemnities, as well as employment and corporate issues. We have particular experience in managing international and multi-jurisdictional transactions, with many of our clients operating worldwide.


At RSM, we have a cross-service team of experts working with travel agents and tour operators across the UK travel and tourism industry. Our services range audit, accounting and tax advice, technology implementation and risk advisory, corporate finance and restructuring and employment services and HR. With a 3,800 strong UK team and access to more than 43,000 people across the RSM global network, you can draw on the knowledge and experience of our sector specialists. Using our insight and experience we can help you navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic and what will be an ever-evolving landscape. No matter where in the world you operate, or plan to in the future, our team, active in over 120 countries, will be ready to share their insights and industry knowledge to help you move forward with confidence. 

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