Mergers and Acquisitions in the Travel Industry – London

    13 May 2020
    9:30-16:30 followed by networking drinks
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ABTA’s Mergers and Acquisitions in the Travel Industry seminar returns for a third year, with updated content on the current state of the market and a look at the travel deals that have happened in the past year. Take this opportunity to listen to the experts and increase your knowledge on the mergers and acquisitions space, with a focus on travel.

About the event

Hear from finance and legal experts as well as ABTA and travel industry representatives on key topics including valuing your business, the process of acquiring a business and ways of raising finance. Listen to a discussion on the different ownership models to consider when selling, such as management buyouts and Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs). Leave with all the information to make an informed decision as to how you can sell your business. 

There will be in-depth insight on bonding and the regulatory implications of M&A transactions. Understand ABTA’s financial protection criteria, when to engage with us and the change of control procedures. 

Listen to discussions on the top issues in M&A transactions and leave with the skills needed to ensure that your future deals are successful. 


  • An overview of M&A activity in the last year 
  • Pre-sale considerations – analysing timescales and company performance 
  • The process, top tips and things to think about when acquiring a company 
  • A legal guide to mergers and acquisitions  
  • Regulatory considerations including ABTA, ATOL and IATA
  • The top M&A issues and how to avoid them 
  • How to keep tax to a minimum when selling a business


  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy
  • Deborah Potts, Director, Summit Advisory 
  • Harry Stoakes, Corporate Finance Partner  –  M&A, BDO
  • Representative, Kemp Little 

Additional speakers will include travel industry case studies. 

Benefits of attending

  • Assess the latest trends in travel M&A
  • Understand the key considerations when buying or selling a business 
  • Ensure you maintain regulatory compliance whilst changing the ownership of a business 
  • Take away guidance on the process for a trade sale and a sale to private equity 
  • Ensure you are better informed for future M&A transactions 

Who should attend?

The event is ideal for large and small companies within the travel industry, including the following:

  • CEOs, managing directors and owners
  • Finance directors and managers
  • Finance and commercial 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, a networking drinks reception, all delegate materials, presentations and an attendee certificate. 

Make payment by credit or debit card. ABTA Members and Partners can request an invoice.

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 sponsorship

Event sponsors 

BDO is the world’s largest accounting and advisory firm that focuses on entrepreneurial businesses. Our global organisation extends across 162 countries and territories, with 80,000 people working out of 1,600 offices – and they’re all working towards one goal: to provide our clients with exceptional service.Our firms across the organisation cooperate closely and comply with consistent operating principles and quality standards. That means local resources who understand your business, your local and international markets and the specifics of your industry: all backed by a truly global organisation. The fee income of all BDO firms, including the members of their exclusive alliances, was US$8.99 billion as of 30 September 2018. BDO’s vision is to be the leader for exceptional client service. This is not about reinventing our profession’s approach to service, but about delivering our services exceptionally well – and delivering that high quality consistently in every office, every country and every territory where we have a presence. No matter where you do business, we have people who can help.

Kemp Little’s specialist travel team has an in-depth understanding of the travel industry and the issues which travel businesses face. As a result, our team can provide pragmatic and commercial legal advice helping you comply with your regulatory obligations, whilst also managing risk and maintaining strong commercial and customer relationships. We have experience in acting for tour operators, online travel agents, hotels, airlines, travel consortia and accredited bodies, travel management companies, flight consolidators, villa and accommodation providers, adventure travel operators and festival organisers. As the UK’s leading specialist technology and digital law firm we are best placed to support travel and tourism businesses as the digital revolution creates further opportunities for their operations as they create the best possible experience for their customers.


Summit Advisory helps travel business owners grow, acquire or sell their business. As an independent, specialist boutique advisory firm, you and your project benefit from our tailor-made, discreet service and total commitment to your success. Our approach is clear, collaborative and consultative. Our aim is to demystify the world of corporate finance, not to complicate it. Founding directors, Jonathan Wall and Deborah Potts, combine years of travel industry accounting expertise with ‘hands on’ travel entrepreneurship. Our extensive buyer network extends to both UK and international trade buyers, in addition to extensive private equity contacts. Furthermore, Summit’s multilingual team is fully cognisant of the complexities and challenges of the travel industry, a key consideration when it comes to M&A in this sector. As a sister firm to Elman Wall Travel Accountants,  we have access, as required, by in-house Tax, Audit, TOMs and Personal Wealth specialists. Please contact us for a confidential, complimentary consultation. 
Contact: Deborah Potts, Director –


For more than 13 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

For details on how to promote your company at this event contact Matt Turton on 020 3693 0194 or

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"Excellent event. Good speakers. To the point."
James Mannings
Top Villas
"Excellent event. Good speakers. To the point."
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Top Villas
"Very informative and engaging."
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