Travel Finance Conference – London

    26 February 2019 - 27 February 2019
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    15 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5GL
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ABTA’s annual Travel Finance Conference is back for a third year in a new two day format. Make sure you don’t miss the industry’s biggest finance event tailored specifically for travel companies. Hear from a range of ABTA Partners and industry experts with vast experience and expertise in travel finance.

About the event

Finance directors and managers, CEOs and MDs attend this event for the most comprehensive update on travel finance.

From the new ATOL online system, to managing foreign exchange risk, VAT-TOMS and Making Tax Digital, take away in-depth guidance on the key finance issues to be aware of in 2019. 

Receive an update on the M&A climate in travel. The conference will happen just four weeks before we are due to leave the EU. Learn from expert speakers about what we know about Brexit and what it means for your travel business. 

Gain the latest insights on financial protection and how the bonding requirements of the CAA and ABTA interact. Get practical advice on how to fill out the regulators’ forms and meet ABTA’s financial protection team. 


  • The economic outlook and financial trends in the travel industry 
  • The current mergers and acquisitions climate and what attracts investors 
  • Brexit preparedness: four weeks until we are due to leave the EU
  • Managing foreign exchange risk and planning ahead for unpredictable markets 
  • An update on VAT-TOMS and how to manage the new Making Tax Digital process 
  • Managing tax and non-salaried benefits
  • A general accounting and tax update 
  • Trends in treasury management and how to maximise your cash
  • Financial protection and the bonding requirements of the CAA and ABTA
  • GDPR for finance professionals 
  • The movement of people: preparing your travel business for Brexit 


  • Moderator: Carolyn Watson, Director of Finance and Resources, ABTA
  • John de Vial, Director of Financial Protection and Financial Services, ABTA
  • Simon Bunce, Director of Legal Affairs, ABTA
  • Luke Petherbridge, Head of Public Affairs, ABTA
  • Rob Elder, Agent, Greater London, The Bank of England
  • Dominic Stammers, Partner & Vicky Robertson, Tax Principal, BDO 
  • Christopher Beveridge, Director, BDO
  • Michael Budge, Head Of Operations – Aviation & Travel: Finance & Licensing, CAA
  • Trevor Price, Managing Director, CBF
  • Matt Quinlisk, Finance Director, DER Touristik UK
  • Jonathan Bryan, Managing Director, Discover Adventure Ltd and Oasis Overland Ltd
  • David Bennett, VAT Consultant, Elman Wall Bennett
  • Gavin Haywood, Director, Federated Investors (UK) LLP
  • Deborah Potts, Director, Summit Advisory (part of the Elman Wall Group) 
  • Andrew Stewart, CFO, Hotelplan UK
  • Alexis Pinchin, Senior Manager, KPMG LLP
  • Mike McDonald, Director, Corporate Finance, KPMG LLP
  • Joost Willemsen, Senior Manager, Indirect Tax, KPMG LLP 
  • Mark Essex, Director, Public Policy, KPMG LLP
  • Hamish Muress, Senior Currency Strategist and Business Development Manager, OFX
  • Andrea Dunlop, CEO of Merchant Acquiring, Europe, Paysafe
  • Fred Beardmore, Tax Assistant Manager, RSM
  • Trevor Stokes, Investment Director, Sovereign Capital
  • Adam Dent, Interest Rates Strategist, Santander
  • Tony Gilpin, Managing Director, Towergate Travel
  • Dominic Binefa, Chief Financial Officer, Travelopia
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy 
  • Chris Photi, Head of Travel and Leisure, White Hart Associates
  • Justin Hanna, Corporate Business Development Manager, Worldpay

Additional speakers will be announced in due course.

Benefits of attending

  • Take away in-depth updated guidance on the finance issues you face day-to-day
  • Get the latest information to help you to demystify Brexit and what this means for your business 
  • Take away innovative ideas on how to maximise staff benefits and attracting female talent to your organisation 
  • Listen to industry experts discussing the key issues their finance teams are focusing on and benchmark these against your own organisation 
  • Network with ABTA and its Members, accountancy, insurance and technology firms and the wider travel industry

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 rates*
Full two day rate – £389 plus VAT 
One day rate– £269 plus VAT 

Non-Member rates
Full two day rate – £599 plus VAT 
One day rate– £399 plus VAT 

Group bookings:
If you are interested in sending a group, please contact for a bespoke cost.

*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.

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Venue partner

About KPMG’s leisure sector: we help companies from across the UK leisure industry, including tour operators, pubs, restaurants, hotel groups, gaming providers, sporting facilities, and entertainment venues. We provide market insight and technical expertise, drawing upon our global network of 152 countries, to enable you to: improve the customer experience, strive for growth, make the most out of deals, increase productivity and protect your business.


Event sponsors

BDO is a global accountancy and business advisory firm. We operate in 154 countries with 64,500 people working out of 1,400 offices worldwide. Globally, BDO generates revenues of $7.3bn.

In the UK, we operate from 18 offices, covering all major business centres, across the country, employing 3,500 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. 


Credit & Business Finance is an independent specialist Credit Insurance Broker delivering impartial trade risk consultancy to the travel industry. We offer qualified guidance and support on Credit Insurance policies. Credit Insurance protects against the ever-present risk of becoming victim to bad debt. Our policies are designed to protect Operators by insuring their Agent bookings and pipeline monies get paid. A Credit Insurance policy gives you access to Underwriter information, not available in the public domain. This provides an early warning system, informing you ahead of a business failure. CBF have access to the entire Credit Insurance market. Our aim is to understand your business needs and identify the correct tailored policy specifically for you.


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.


OFX is a global payments provider. With more than 15 years of experience, we aim to take the mystery out of foreign exchange and provide clients with best in class service, competitive rates, market insights and the right currency strategy to help you plan ahead.
We understand each business is unique, which is why OFX is with you every step of the way to ensure your global transactions are seamless.  
The world’s moving to unpredictable markets. And nothing reflects volatility more than the foreign exchange market. Currency fluctuations can leave businesses vulnerable. It’s critical to prepare for sudden market shifts, which could result in an unforeseen hit to your bottom-line. 
Our team of global experts are there for you 24/7 and will help you build sustainable currency strategies and plan for the future with more certainty, whilst reducing your exposure and saving you money. For more information on how OFX can help businesses like yours, please get in touch. Email us at or call (+44) 207 614 4195. 


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

  • Tokenised 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.


RSM is a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally. Its roots are firmly embedded in the consumer sector and that’s why your business will always be central to what we do.
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. We invest in our people and in their understanding of the travel and tourism sector in the UK so we are in the best position to help you drive and build a successful business.
Our dedicated team can support travel businesses in navigating the operational and financial challenges and opportunities as and when they arise. 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. 


Towergate Travel are a specialist Insurance broker in the Travel sector. We work with clients large and small to ensure they meet their legal requirements as set out in the new July 2018 Package Travel Directive. Specific areas of expertise include Financial Failure Insurance (TRIP), Travel Bonding ABTA, IATA, ATOL & BCH, Tour Operators Liability & Car Hire Collision damage waiver excess products. Our TRIP Financial Failure Product is one of very few that is fully approved / recognised by ABTA and Merchant Acquirers. Our friendly / consultative approach allows us to work with you to find the option that is right for you. For more information please visit our website here or alternatively please click here to view our company video.


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


WHA are the UK’s leading firm of Travel Accountants with unparalleled experience in providing accountancy, taxation, licensing and regulatory advice to travel and leisure companies of all sizes. 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.


Worldpay support travel companies to optimise costs, minimise fraud and increase conversion. 
As a leader in the sector, Worldpay strives to provide businesses with a wealth of industry news, cutting-edge insights, payment events and trends. 
With a team of payment professionals dedicated to travel from Strategy, Sales and Implementation to Project Management and Relationship management, our customers are supported by travel industry experts in the payments world.
We enable our customers to provide travellers with a seamless payment experience across all their distribution touchpoints, from in-store, desktop and mobile to virtual reality all with a goal in increasing your net revenue.



Established in 1993, we have developed a reputation as a leading global provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and financial and accounting management solutions. 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.


We are WEX and we are reinventing the way payments serve businesses, no matter the industry or continent. Our unique team of experts is focused on building simple, easy-to-use solutions tailored to your business—allowing you to operate easier and faster while creating lasting growth and success.




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An extremely good event – one to keep on ABTA's agenda.
Mark Caldicott
"Excellent speakers and good relevant topics."
Rachael Wallis
Premier Holidays
"Interesting presentations – a useful update about finance in the travel industry."
Catherine Goudge
Buffalo Tours
"Very well organised as usual, with excellent content, speakers and handouts."
Anthony Moore
Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd
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