Conference

Travel Finance Conference – London

Event details

Returning in March 2020 ABTA’s annual Travel Finance Conference provides a complete update on finance issues facing companies in the travel industry.

It’s vital that you keep well informed on the latest accounting, tax and regulatory issues as the implications of getting it wrong can be costly. 

About the event

The last year has seen a number of high profile failures, with Short Breaks Limited; Superbreak Mini-holidays Limited and the Thomas Cook Group, bringing to the fore issues for consumers, retailers and tour operators alike – as well as many successes with fulfilment, repatriation and refund operations. The conference will look at the key themes and lessons from a difficult year, overshadowed by Brexit and consumer uncertainty.

Hear from ABTA, finance experts, travel industry representatives and regulatory bodies on topics which include: your legal responsibilities as finance professionals; managing foreign exchange risk; innovative technology for finance such as blockchain and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software; the latest accounting and tax issues, and the changes you may need to make following the Airline Insolvency Review. 

Attend to hear first-hand experience from a panel of CEOs and from a travel business leader on how to manage a business during challenging times. Hear an update on how the industry may need to adapt, depending on the Brexit outcome. 

Understand what the implications of the new PSD2 strong customer authentication legislation might be to your business and hear an update on the future of payments. Listen to in-depth discussion on how to manage risk with trade partners and take away top tips on how to protect your business. 

Make sure you don’t miss the industry’s biggest finance event tailored specifically for travel companies. Take this opportunity to question the expert speakers on the key issues you are facing. 

Event timings

Day one
09:30-10:00 – Registration
10:00-16:45 – Conference sessions plus networking lunch
16:45 – Networking drinks 

Day two
09:30-10:00 – Registration
10:00-16:30 – Conference sessions plus networking lunch

Sessions

  • An economic overview and financial trends in the travel industry 
  • Technology for finance professionals in travel 
  • 2019 with the benefit of hindsight – lessons on financial protection
  • The current mergers and acquisitions (M&A) climate and a look at the M&A growth in Europe
  • An update on card payments including PSD2 – Strong Customer Authentication
  • The future of payments including blockchain and virtual cards  
  • Managing foreign exchange risk – practical tips for FX hedging and FRS102
  • Managing a business in challenging times – first-hand experience 
  • Travel VAT and TOMS – where are we now?
  • Looking to the future – predictions for 2020 and 2021 

Speakers

  • Moderator: Carolyn Watson, Director of Finance and Resources, ABTA
  • Simon Bunce, Director of Legal Services, ABTA
  • John de Vial, Director of Financial Protection and Financial Services, ABTA
  • Yael Selfin, Chief Economist, KPMG LLP
  • Jamie Freed, Director, Indirect Tax, KPMG LLP
  • Mike McDonald, Director, Corporate Finance, KPMG LLP 
  • Peter Hemmington, Partner, National Head of M&A, BDO
  • Hamish Muress, Senior Currency Strategist and Business Development Manager, OFX 
  • Nick Newbury, Director, Original Travel
  • Leah McGimpsey, Investment Manager, Waterland Private Equity Limited 
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy

Additional speakers will include CEOs and finance directors from travel organisations, finance specialists and regulatory experts. 

Benefits of attending

  • Listen to an update on all the key travel finance issues facing companies today, including the latest accounting and tax issues 
  • Hear first-hand experience from CEOs and finance directors from large and small businesses 
  • Understand how you can better manage your foreign exchange risk and take away practical tips for FX hedging 
  • Gain clarity on what the requirements will be for your business post-Brexit 
  • Have the chance to ask ABTA, industry speakers and finance and regulatory experts your burning questions 
  • Hear an update on the current financial trends and listen to discussion on what the future might bring 
  • Use the two-day event to contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development accreditation 

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 – £395 plus VAT 
One day rate – £275 plus VAT 

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

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

You may attend one day and nominate a colleague to attend the other day. Please register your place for both days then email events@abta.co.uk with the name and job title of your colleague, and which day they would like to attend.

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

View our booking terms and conditions here.

*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.

Group bookings:
If you are interested in sending a group, please contact events@abta.co.uk for a bespoke cost.
 

Event sponsorship

Host 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 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.
 


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.
 

OFX is a global money transfer company that helps people and businesses thrive in our evolving and fast-moving world. We are on a mission to lead the age of borderless money by combining a streamlined digital experience, expert personal service and great rates so our customers can transact across borders when, where and how they want. We empower our customers to live and work globally with confidence, 24/7. For more information on how OFX can help businesses like yours, please get in touch. Email us at corporate.london@ofx.com or call (+44) 207 614 4195. 
 

For more than 14 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.
 


WEX is a leading provider of B2B payments and has a team of specialists with in-depth knowledge and expertise in payments complexities unique to the business of travel. WEX pioneered virtual payments capabilities and continues to innovate travel payments globally across five continents, operating in more than 20 currencies. Our travel payments experts listen to business challenges and develop solutions to pay suppliers more efficiently and securely. WEX works with the world’s largest travel companies and can adapt best practices to suit any business model. Based on our global reach and understanding of regional payments nuances, WEX will always know where travel payments are headed.

For details on how to promote your company at this event, contact Matt Turton on 020 3693 0194 or mturton@abta.co.uk 

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Testimonials

Well organised and relevant topics. The finance conference has improved each year and is now a must attend for all travel finance professionals. Very informative and useful.
Mark Caldicott
White Hart Associates
Very well organised, time keeping, structure, clear agenda, good slides, good clear interesting speakers.
Teresa Schofield
WTH UK
Highly informative and useful.
Anthony Moore
Fred Olsen Travel
An extremely good event – one to keep on ABTA's agenda.
Mark Caldicott
WHA
"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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