The Package Travel Regulations: Preparing for 2019 – London

    30 October 2018
  • Venue:
    K&L Gates
  • Location:
    One New Change, London, EC4M 9AF
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Hear from the CAA, ABTA, industry and legal experts about the new Package Travel Regulations.

ABTA’s timely event will provide an update on the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations, helping businesses to prepare ahead of the 2019 sales period. The new regulations came into force on 1 July 2018. Four months on, the event is a chance for ABTA Members and the wider travel industry to take stock, question the experts and raise any common issues they are facing. Hear how businesses are managing their new liabilities, as a travel agent, package organiser and when selling Linked Travel Arrangements or business travel. There will be guidance for tour operators, OTAs, travel agents and TMCs.

Attend to benchmark and ensure your compliance under the new regulations. Understand the opportunities that the new PTRs provide for your travel business and how you can use the regulations to boost consumer confidence. Get an overview of the challenges that may arise and have your outstanding questions answered.

There is a range of support and guidance available on the Member Zone, and PTR will be a hot topic at ABTA's Regional Business Meetings, which are free-to-attend for Members and Partners. This one-day training seminar is for those who require additional practical guidance.


  • An update from ABTA, industry representatives, regulatory and legal experts
  • Travel industry case studies
  • Legal guidance on your obligations and liabilities, and how to update your terms and conditions
  • Brexit planning
  • Financial protection, insurance and booking systems – what you need to know


  • Moderator: Simon Bunce, Director of Legal Affairs, ABTA 
  • John de Vial, Director of Financial Protection and Financial Services, ABTA 
  • Paula Macfarlane, Senior Solicitor, ABTA
  • Luke Petherbridge, Senior Public Affairs Manager, ABTA
  • David Bourne, Head of Regulation and Governance, CAA
  • Stephen Mason, Senior Partner, Travlaw
  • Rhys Griffiths, Partner, Fieldfisher
  • Neil Baylis, Partner, K&L Gates 
  • Kirsteen Vickerstaff, Company Secretary and General Counsel, On The Beach 
  • Richard Simpson, Governance & Compliance Manager – Travel, The Midcounties Co-operative
  • Roisin Sweeney, Events and Marketing Manager, Traveltek
  • Dianne Clifford, Client Services & Operations Manager, Traveltek

Additional speakers will be announced in due course.

Benefits of attending

  • Benchmark and ensure your compliance under the new regulations
  • Understand the opportunities that the new PTR's provide for your travel business
  • Learn how you can use the regulations to boost consumer confidence
  • Get an overview of the challenges that may arise and determine solutions
  • Have your outstanding questions answered ahead of the January 2019 sales period

Who should attend?

The event is ideal for anyone working in the travel industry including large and small firms, including:

  • Directors, CEOs and senior managers
  • Legal and compliance teams
  • Sales teams
  • Product teams
  • Operations
  • Customer relations teams.

Event prices

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

Group booking discounts
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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.

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Event sponsorship



K&L Gates is a fully integrated global law firm with lawyers located across five continents.  Our broad global platform allows us to guide clients through the legal challenges inherent in the ever-changing international landscape. The deep latticework of relationships across our offices and practices enables our clients to respond to diverse legal issues and risks through the services of one law firm with a single communication.

K&L Gates represents leading global corporations in every major industry, capital markets participants and ambitious middle-market and emerging growth companies. Our lawyers also serve public sector entities, educational institutions, philanthropic organizations and individuals.


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ABTA Partner+ Travlaw LLP are 100% committed to serving the travel and leisure industry – from tour operators and travel agents to airlines, hotel groups, event management companies and their insurers. We pride ourselves on being one of the top travel law firms in the UK. We are a large, experienced team of highly professional yet approachable lawyers who are tried and tested specialists in advising.


Clients choose us because we understand their business. Our in-depth industry knowledge, technical excellence and down-to-earth delivery means you can trust us to provide you with the best possible service.

The travel industry has an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit which has seen it shape the development of law and regulation. Developments in technology have been a catalyst for change. Travel companies have developed the way they communicate with customers, offering much greater choice, flexibility and competition.

Our Travel, Data Protection and Technology teams are all ranked number 1 by the legal directories. This means we are uniquely positioned to support travel companies to embrace new technology and opportunities, whilst at the same time ensuring that they remain legally compliant.

It is not just about providing award winning, cutting-edge advice, it is about investing time to develop exceptional working relationships with our clients. We are flexible and personable and have built our strategy around helping clients succeed.


A pioneer in the travel industry, Traveltek has been delivering world-leading technology solutions for almost two decades. Their modular-based platform helps agents, operators and wholesalers increase efficiency and maximise profit margins by allowing them to package and book a range of flights, hotels, cruises and ancillary services in one single platform. The Traveltek portfolio also includes consumer-facing websites, a back-office system for reporting and documentation, a CRM to manage client information and a tour operating platform that controls pricing and distributes contracts. Today, no other travel technology provider offers such a vast range of aggregated content on one single platform.


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