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, and regulatory requirements.
The two days were full of discussions, lively presentations and audience question and answer sessions. These included an informative overview of HMRC’s Tour Operators Margin scheme and a series of presentations highlighting how a company’s website can be legal compliant.
A particular highlight of the seminar was a popular sequence of presentations which focused on the theme “Agent and principal – has Medhotels changed everything?”. WHA’s head of travel and leisure Chris Photi closed this symposium and provided his expert view of this hot topic.
With the Supreme Court decision to uphold Medhotels status as an agent rather than a principal, Chris Photi developed theme after excellent presentations by Iain Lindsay, Vice President and General counsel of sabre holdings and lastminute.com and Peter Stewart Partner of Field Fisher Waterhouse.
Chris looked at the present effects of this landmark and “game-changing” ruling, but also focused on the future effects of this ruling in the industry.
ABTA’s Simon Bunce concluded the seminar by stating that there has never been a more dynamic time in the travel industry.
WHA were described at the seminar as the leading firm of accountants servicing the travel industry, therefore for expert advice during these dynamic times please contacts us.