08 May

ABTA's Travel Law Seminar updates the industry

With package travel revisions steadily progressing through Europe and with the Supreme Court ruling in favour of Medhotels after what was a protracted legal battle, this year has proved eventful and insightful as far as Travel Law is concerned. ABTA’s annual Travel Law Seminar closes today and I’m delighted that a packed house of delegates from across the industry have been able to hear from ABTA’s legal team as well as other expert lawyers, civil servants and policy makers on this important and sometimes complex area. It has been clear from the discussion over the last two days that the Package Travel Directive and other policy reviews at EU level (of the Tour Operators' Margin Scheme and of Passenger Rights) as well as the Department for Transport’s review of the ATOL scheme here in the UK will all prove very significant for our Members and the wider industry. Ensuring that we can influence these processes to ensure positive outcomes for travel companies and for the consumer, as well as seeing that laws and regulations are ‘future’ proofed and are fair and workable for travel businesses are priorities for ABTA. We’re only part of the way through the process on PTD reform but you can find more from our Head of Public Affairs on recent and ongoing plans in this week's Travel Weekly.