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Travel & Tourism

You’re facing the threat of terrorism and concerns over carbon emissions. You’re dealing with disruptive technologies and new business models. You’re catering to increasingly independent and demanding customers. That’s plenty to keep you occupied without having to worry about accounting and compliance. 

Our travel industry specialists understand the issues facing owner managers and SME travel agencies, tour operators and travel management companies. We can help with the day-to-day running and strategic development of your business, including all your taxation, audit and regulatory requirements, helping you to plan effectively for the future - or for the next industry disruption.

How our travel accounting specialists can help your business

Alongside the usual accounting, advisory and compliance services you would expect, our team is expert in the specific nuances of the travel and tourism industry. We can work with you on:

  • Business planning, disposals and acquisitions
  • Maintaining cash flow and profitability through difficult times
  • VAT accounting and mitigation – we have VAT specialists who can help with the complex Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (TOMS) calculations
  • International VAT compliance
  • Dealing with employment tax issues and the engagement of workers
  • Licensing and protection support including ATOL, ABTA, IATA and TTA
  • Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requirements such as the APC
  • Completion of travel sector regulators annual accountant's reports (such as CAA, ABTA, ABTOT)
  • Transfer pricing assistance
  • BSP data audits

Get in touch with our sector head, and let’s chat about helping you focus on what really matters to your business.

Key contact

Head of Travel &Tourism, Partner
Rajeev Shaunak
+44 (0)20 7429 4100
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Meet the team

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Rajeev Shaunak

Head of Travel &Tourism, Partner

Rajeev has over 15 years experience working with a varied portfolio of clients especially in the healthcare and travel sectors. In addition to audit, accounting and tax issues, Rajeev has considerable experience in giving general business advice including advising on AIM flotations, systems reviews, preparing specialist reports and advising on regulatory compliance.

He is a member of the firm’s Business Strategy Group and enjoys advising on a variety of matters affecting businesses, from audit and accounting issues to budgeting and strategic planning and puts an emphasis on planning for growth and profitability.

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Martin Pooley

TOMS VAT Consultant

Martin specialises in the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme for VAT (TOMS). This is the special VAT scheme which saves tour operators from having to register in every Member State where they send clients.

He joined the firm in 2019 and is passing on his TOMS expertise to the VAT team in Kent led by Sue Rathmell.

Martin was previously an independent TOMS consultant for 27 years, acting for 500 operators over that time. Before that he was a tax partner at KPMG after training with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London.

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Sue Rathmell

VAT Director

Sue is an Indirect Tax specialist with more than 25 years’ experience of VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, excise and customs duties. She joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in April 2017 and heads up the indirect tax services in the Kent region. 
 
Sue spent 5 years as in-house Indirect Tax Manager at Saga plc. Before that Sue worked for a Big 4 firm in London and in Central Europe and initially she worked for HMRC. Sue is a Chartered Tax Advisor.
 
With experience with over 50’s tour operator Saga under her belt, Sue is a travel VAT specialist, helping tour operators understand the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme (known as TOMS) which calculates how much VAT is due on holidays. TOMS is also used in the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) world.  
 
Outside the office, Sue enjoys travelling, particularly island hopping in Greece in search of the perfect beach and the perfect taverna.
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What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group

What they say about us

SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector