A no-deal Brexit could torpedo a key benefit of the EU Package Travel Directive, warns Chris Photi

UK Package Travel Regulations (PTRs) which came into force in July brought mutual recognition of consumer financial-protection regimes across the EU, in line with Europe’s Package Travel Directive. It meant UK-based travel businesses could sell EU-wide under UK protection rules and businesses based elsewhere in the EU could sell into the UK under the rules…

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The Big Tent Event 2017

Travlaw’s Big Tent Event is fast becoming a core event in the travel calendar, with industry professionals meeting to network and discuss important industry topics and future developments.  WHA had the privilege of once again sponsoring this excellent industry event. Celebrating 10 years, The Big Tent Event 2017 drew its largest audience yet, where attendees enjoyed…

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Will Chancellor to “Batten down The Tax Hatches” With Approaching World Economic Storm?

Chancellor George Osborne has stated in recent days that the “storm clouds” are gathering, and we should all expect a difficult few years with slower growth and potential global economic turmoil. When an actual storm is approaching, those who prosper are the ones who make preparations, and protect their homes and assets from the oncoming…

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MIND THE GAAP

This is a WHA article that recently appeared in ABTA’s frequent newsletter, ABTA today, which provides important and relevant information to all of its members:- FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARD 102 (“FRS 102”) The purpose of this guidance note is to advise Companies on the changes in accounting and reporting required by the mandatory adoption of FRS…

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We’re All In

Auto Enrolment – Are You Ready? You may have been aware of the government’s “We’re all in” advertising campaign, which refers to reforms to workplace pensions.In the past you may have thought that this only relates to larger firms with typically  over 250 employees.  This has been the case since October 2012, but its coming…

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ABTA Travel Law Seminar

ABTA Travel Law Seminar 7-8 May 2014   ABTA’s annual Travel Law Seminar was attended and enjoyed by a number of its members, representatives and travel industry professionals this week. Its aim was to provide professional assistance to its members helping them to become compliant when it comes to key areas of taxation, employment law,…

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It’s not credit card charges that are excessive it’s the criticism

Last week the BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme rapped the travel industry over “excessive” credit and debit card charges. The Department for Business Innovation & Skills (“BIS”) issued guidance on the Consumer Protection (Payment Surcharges) Regulations 2012 in March 2013. This guidance quite clearly refers to the prohibition of excessive payment surcharges, but clearly…

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Understanding the annual investment allowance

When the previous government doubled the annual investment allowance (AIA) from £50,000 to £100,000, the response was widely received in positive manner. It was also a way for the former government to keep our businesses spending to apparently “stimulate growth” within the economy. However, since the coalition government gained power the “goal posts” have subsequently…

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The contractual situation is changing

The demise of the package, component selling, split contracting, unbundling, single products, principal or agency – the ever changing face of the marketplace brings with it related problems. When was the last time you carefully reviewed your terms and conditions, sales documentation, website and advertising to ensure the contractual arrangements with your customers were clear…

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