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Travel Licensing

Travel licensing consultancy services that get you straight to what you need.

We want to get to know you: it’s part of our service.

As a new or existing travel company, knowing what travel licenses and memberships protections are  needed for which of your sales can be a headache to say the least. Our consultants’ years of experience and knowledge will ease that burden allowing you to spend time where it’s better spent.

It goes without saying that all our advice on any topic is given against our background of experience and thorough working knowledge of:-

  • Your chosen agent or principal status;
  • The Requirements of the Package Travel Regulations and EU Directive on Package Travel;
  • The ATOL Regulations, ATOL standard terms and ATOL mandated terms;
  • The ABTA Code of Conduct;
  • The travel industry’s preferred and best practice;
  • Your particular administrative, sales and accounting restrictions
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Air Travel Organiser’s Licenses (ATOL)

Whether you are a new applicant or are renewing your existing licence, we can ease the burden by:-

  • Giving guidance on the most appropriate type of ATOL for you, any variations required and the categories to be covered;
  • Completing or reviewing your ATOL application or renewal form, business plan, financial projections and other supporting documentation;
  • Liaising, negotiating and corresponding with the CAA throughout the ATOL licensing process;
  • Attending any necessary meetings with you and the CAA;
  • Giving support and advice about the meeting of the final ATOL grant or renewal requirements;
  • Helping you to identify and monitor your ATOL licensable sales and the completion of ATOL returns;
  • Advising you about and helping you to arrange any bonding, trust account or other security requirements.

And our legal professionals are of course fully equipped to help you with ATOL mandated agency terms

ABTA

Help is on hand to ease the administrative burden that ABTA membership can bring by:-

  • Assessing the type of membership you need: ABTA Retail and/or ABTA Principal (Tour Operating;
  • Helping new members with their membership application, business plan, financial projections and other supporting documentation;
  • Advising and assisting with applications under the ABTA /ATOL Joint Administration Scheme;
  • Liaising, negotiating and corresponding with ABTA throughout the application process;
  • Attending any necessary meetings with you and ABTA;
  • Giving support and advice about the meeting of any grant requirements including helping you to arrange any bonding, trust account or other security requirements.
  • Helping existing members with their annual turnover returns and net assets reports.

IATA

In the same way, we support new IATA applicants and existing members by:-

  • Giving advice on the financial and other requirements for new and ongoing IATA agents;
  • Giving guidance on the most appropriate type of IATA accreditation for you and whether any variations are required to an existing accreditation;
  • Completing or reviewing your IATA application form, business plan, financial projections and other supporting documentation;
  • Liaising, negotiating and corresponding with IATA throughout the application process;
  • Helping existing IATA agents with annual account submission and Notice of Changes
  • Giving support and advice about the meeting of IATA grant or renewal requirements;
  • Advising you about and helping you to arrange any bonding, trust account or other security requirements required.

Tricks of the Trade

Our holistic knowledge of all that is travel regulation means that our professionals can sometimes pull rabbits out of hats using tricks of the trade:-

  • Financial and structural ring fencing arrangements and restructures;
  • Trust accounts and blocked cash/ charge accounts;
  • Mergers, acquisitions, disposals and refinancing;

And our access to the full range of professionals – legal, accounting and trade, means that we can pull these arrangements together quickly and efficiently, sometimes meaning the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful application.

Establishing a UK arm of an existing overseas business?

We also have experience in supporting travel companies in obtaining the necessary UK visas in Tiers 1 to 5, as well as work permits necessary to allow your personnel to remain in the country to get your business off the ground.