Training day

Travel VAT Training

    27 September 2022
  • Venue:
    ABTA, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ
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Event details

This popular event returns in-person for 2022.

ABTA's one day training offers practical guidance on VAT in travel and a comprehensive update on all travel VAT changes post-Brexit.

Get the latest updates and practical guidance from travel tax specialists, Elman Wall Bennett and MacIntyre Hudson LLP.

About the event

Attend ABTA’s practical training day to ensure that you are up to speed on changes to the Tour Operators Margin Scheme (TOMS) and understand VAT in travel.

Get answers to the following questions and benefit from practical guidance.

  • Where do non-EU tour operators currently need to register for VAT?
  • How do you account for VAT across the EU?
  • Are you aware of all the changes expected in EU VAT reform?
  • Have you considered the VAT risk in the countries you operate?

Take part in interactive sessions including travel VAT calculations, ask your questions and discuss key points with tax experts.

This seminar is aimed at travel industry finance professionals who require a full understanding of VAT.


  • Post-Brexit changes to VAT
  • EU VAT reform update
  • The current position for UK tour operators in other member states
  • How to account for VAT across the EU if you are a UK operator
  • Practical exercises on how VAT works in other member states
  • Likely changes impacting digital platforms


David Bennett, VAT Consultant, Elman Wall Bennett

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David Bennett is a VAT consultant specialising in travel. In 2014, he set up his own consultancy Elman Wall Bennett, in conjunction with travel accountants Elman Wall, to specialise in VAT and travel. David advises a broad range of tour operators and travel agents on the implications of TOMS and other VAT matters. David also advises ABTA and has represented the association on the Fiscal Committee of ECTAA (the Brussels based body representing European travel agents and tour operators). David is also a member of TTL (Tourism Tax & Law) Net, a network of advisers specialising in the VAT treatment of travel.

Sue Rathmell, VAT Partner, MHA MacIntyre Hudson

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Sue Rathmell is a VAT specialist with more than 25 years’ experience of VAT. She joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in April 2017 and was made a partner in 2020. Sue heads up the Indirect Tax services in the Kent region. With experience with over 50’s tour operator Saga under her belt, Sue is a travel VAT specialist, helping tour operators understand the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme. Sue and her team have a portfolio of more than 100 travel clients including tour operators, travel agents, B2B travel specialists and MICE businesses.

Benefits of attending

  • Receive expert guidance on travel VAT calculations
  • Ensure you are fully aware of all the changes to VAT post-Brexit
  • Hear about the EU VAT reform and how this could help your business
  • Gain a full understanding of the current position for UK tour operators in other member states
  • Take part in practical exercises to further your understanding around travel VAT 
  • Spend valuable time with VAT experts and have all your questions answered
  • Network with colleagues and learn how your peers are dealing with the challenges
  • Stay up to date and gain insight into future VAT issues impacting the travel industry

Who should attend?

Finance teams within large and small tour operators. This event is open to ABTA Members, non-Members and the wider travel industry.

Event prices

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £235 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £355 plus VAT 

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

Make payment by credit or debit card. 

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 partners

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. 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.

At MHA MacIntyre Hudson, our travel industry specialists understand the issues you are facing . We can help with the day-to-day running and strategic development of your business, helping you to plan effectively for the future. Alongside the usual audit, accounting, tax, advisory and compliance services you would expect, we can work with you on:

  • VAT accounting – including Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (TOMS) calculations
  • VAT compliance and tax and business advice in 145 countries around the world
  • Business planning, disposals and acquisitions
  • Employment tax issues and the engagement of workers
  • Licensing and protection support including ATOL, ABTA, IATA and TTA

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