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Author Archives: Chris Photi

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

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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 […]

AWTE Business Impact Award 2012 goes to Nikki Spoor Comments Off

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The WHA team would like to congratulate WHA partner Nikki Spoor on winning the AWTE Business Impact Award 2012. The award is presented to a female in the travel industry who has shown great innovation in her role and by doing so has made an impact on the industry. We are very proud to have […]

Acquisition International Magazine Comments Off

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Attached is a “Tombstone” that appeared in Acquisition International Magazine of a private equity corporate finance transaction, where we acted travel specialist advisors. Acquisition International Magazine

Travel Weekly – 7 June 2012 Comments Off

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As WHA travel specialist partner I am a regular presenter at the annual ABTA Law Society Seminar held in the Spring of each year. Attached is a comment from Travel Weekly regarding the May 2012 seminar.

ABTA Magazine – June 2012 Comments Off

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Enclosed is a link to an expert comment made by myself as the WHA travel specialist partner as published in the ABTA Magazine – June 2012. ABTA Magazine June 2012

Atol trust guidance palms off failure liability to agents Comments Off

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Atol trust guidance palms off failure liability to agents

OTAs selling no-frills flights can ‘sidestep’ ATOL reforms Comments Off

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“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”? Yesterday’s Atol reform announcement by the aviation minister was little more than a baby step albeit in the right direction.

Travel Republic Appeal Comments Off

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Using the analogy of Premiership football when it comes to the CAA and court hearings and appeals, the CAA would be Portsmouth! How many times can you go to court in less than five years and lose? How much tax payers money has been spent in fighting what from the outset always appeared losing causes? Presumably given the latest ruling they will also be paying the defendant’s costs too!!

Consumer Protection Comments Off

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The court enforced administration order granted today against Eclear (UK) was widely expected. However what ultimately has to come out of the undoubted ensuing enquiry is how such an “aggregator” type company could function unregulated in the UK. The other questions that need to be answered is who is the “Acquirer of Record” (Eclear was not a bank and could itself not clear credit cards)?. What role do Visa and Mastercard who formulate the credit card rules have to play in this fiasco? What checks did travel regulators and trade associations do for their licence holders and members in relation to Eclear?

ABTA swims against the tide Comments Off

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ABTA’s recent decision to change its “constitution” could lead to wholesale resignations by some current “supplier members”.