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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.

Meet the team

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Rebecca Bishop

VAT Supervisor

Rebecca is ACCA qualified and joined the firm in 2019, specialising in the Tour Operators’ Margin Scheme for VAT. She previously work for eight years at a regional firm of accountants where she worked closely with a portfolio of clients in various industries assisting with all aspects of running and managing their accounts functions, software requirements and providing bespoke management reports.

Rebecca is now using her accountancy and software experience to advise clients on how TOMS impacts their accounting, their margins and their businesses.

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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

Partner

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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Rob Dando

Corporate Finance Partner and Transaction Services Leader

Rob joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson Corporate Finance in April 2020 to lead the Transaction Services team. Rob has over 15 years’ transaction consultancy experience, with considerable knowledge in global markets. He specialises in advising mid-market businesses, corporate clients and financial institutions, in their assessment of acquisitions and divestments, as well as assisting organisations on their journey to initial public offering. Rob’s primary focus is on providing financial due diligence services for M&A transactions.

Rob has extensive deal experience across a variety of industry sectors, deal sizes and on a global basis. He has a particular interest in business services, education, healthcare, technology and transport & logistics sectors.

Rob is a chartered accountant (ACA) and holds the Corporate Finance Qualification (CFQ) from the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW).

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What they say about us

The teamwork and support from the MHA team really made the difference to a complex deal. Anthony Pile - Blue Skies
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What they say about us

The continuity with their core specialist sector team and ability to give advice across several areas of support has been key to us working together. - Feefo Holdings Ltd