News, views, hints and tips from The Travel Trade Consultancy team. 


Its been a busy few months here at The Travel Trade Consultancy as we all get to grips with new ATOL regulations, Accredited Bodies, the ABTA Joint Administration Scheme, new agency agreements not to mention the hectic schedule of travel conferences. Thankfully a new office TV and an outstanding summer of Sport provided some welcome respite. 

As the September ATOL renewal draws to a close, the next big challenge is the introduction of the ATOL Certificate, which should be issued from 1 October 2012 (that's next Monday by the way!). 

Going forward, we aim to use this newsletter to provide you with an update on key issues, advanced notice of changes to regulatory requirements as well as practical hints and tips to save your business time and money. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please get in touch. We would love to hear your views. 

Best regards,

Matt Purser 

New TTC Brand And Website Launched

The designers and codemonkeys have also been working flat out over the Summer and our newly designed logo and website are now up and running. On the website you will find more information on our services, industry commentary and other useful content. Please have a look and let us know what you think.

ATOL Certificates:
Are you ready?

From 1 October the CAA will require all ATOL holders to issue an ATOL Certificate in an effort to make it clearer to the consumer when they are protected. There are 3 types of certificate Package, Flight-Only and Flight-Plus and they should be issued to the customer at the point of sale. Further information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website as well as the official ATOL Reform webpage .

Comment: Save money by improving your Business Plan

An enduring legacy of the 2008 financial crisis is the continued difficulty faced by small businesses in obtaining credit, insurance, bonding or even so much as a free ballpoint pen from our formerly lavish banks and financial institutions. No sector feels this more acutely than travel. So how can you improve your terms? You could start with improving your Business Plan.  
Read more. 

Changing Faces      

Its not just the regulations that have been changing. The TTC dipped into the summer transfer window early to secure the services of two experienced old pros. Martin Alcock joined as joint owner and Director in April and Simon Brodie joined as a Manager in May.

Martin previously worked as a Senior ATOL Analyst for the CAA and prior to that he was a manager at PricewarerhouseCoopers. Simon spent over 10 years working as an ATOL Analyst.

Both Martin and Simon bring a wealth of travel sector experience and have increased the number of ways in which TTC can help your business. 

Finally Joe Ellis no longer works for TTC having been snapped up by Virgin Atlantic in a big money move back in May. We'd like to thank him for 5 years of service and wish him all the best in his new career!
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