Essential Guide to Travel Finance – London

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Would you like a better understanding of your financial responsibilities as a company director or owner? 

Are you new to the industry and require an overview of travel finance?

About the event

ABTA’s new seminar will give you the fundamental finance principles that business leaders from travel companies should understand. 

Learn how to maximise your rewards and minimise your tax. Get a regulatory update covering VAT-TOMS, FRS 102, Making Tax Digital and more.

Do you know what your accounts are going to show at the end of the year? You will be given practical advice on the responsibilities of directors and how you should interpret your financial accounts. Ensuring you have motivated teams is vital to the success of your business. Understand the needs of your employees and the various incentives they will love that won’t cost you much. 

There will be a particular emphasis on what the CAA, ABTA and IATA require of you and your business. You will have an opportunity to put your questions to the travel finance experts in our surgery session. 


  • The responsibilities of company directors
  • The differences between management and financial accounts 
  • The importance of stakeholders and how to work with them 
  • Maximising your rewards, minimising risk: the latest tax issues to be aware of
  • Why it’s important you understand TOMS VAT 
  • ABTA, IATA and CAA criteria and requirements 
  • Incentivising and motivating your team
  • Planning for an exit: what considerations should you take when selling a business?


Moderator: Carolyn Watson, Director of Finance and Resources, ABTA
Jonathan Wall,
Managing Director, Elman Wall Travel Accountants
Ian Palmer,
Director – Head of Audit, Elman Wall  Travel Accountants
Deborah Potts,
Director, Summit Advisory (part of the Elman Wall Group)
John de Vial,
Director of Financial Protection and Financial Services, ABTA
Doreen McKenzie,
Consultant, Oasis Travel
Russell Eisen,
Director – Head of Tax, Elman Wall Travel Accountants 
Claire Steiner,
HR Specialist, Elman Wall Travel Accountants 
Laura Quirke,
Associate Director – Head of VAT, Elman Wall Travel Accountants
Yasin Khandwalla, Audit Director, Elman Wall
Karen Gill,
Associate Director, Elman Wall Travel Accountants

Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

Benefits of attending

  • Understand your financial responsibilities as a company director – what are you liable for and what records do you need to keep?  
  • Learn financial strategies to help grow your business 
  • Leave with a deeper understanding of how FRS 102, Making Tax Digital and Business Owner’s Tax might impact your business 
  • Gain practical advice how to keep the CAA, ABTA and IATA happy and how to meet their varying criteria
  • Put your questions to our finance experts during an open panel discussion

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at tour operators and travel agents from the ABTA Membership and the wider travel industry including:

  • CEOs 
  • Owners
  • Managing directors and company directors
  • Finance managers that are new to the industry. 

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £229 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £349 plus VAT 

Group booking discounts
Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
Book five places and get the fifth place free.
(This discount will be automatically applied when you book online).

​*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.

View our booking terms and conditions here.

Event sponsorship

Event partners

Elman Wall is one of the UK’s leading firms of travel accountants providing Audit, Accountancy, Tax, TOMS/VAT, M&A and travel regulatory services to 200+ travel clients. As an award winning boutique practice, our aim is always to add real value to your business using our accounting expertise with ‘hands on’ travel entrepreneurship. Summit Advisory are the mergers & acquisitions arm of Elman Wall, and are specialists in helping travel business owners to grow, sell, business or acquire another travel business. Both companies understand not just your ‘numbers’, but also your ‘story’ and are passionate about helping you succeed. We boast a unique ‘joined up’ approach that is fully cognisant of the complexities and challenges of the travel industry. Whatever your business challenges, we are here to help.


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