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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
  • 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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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.

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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Gordon Thrower

Senior Tax Manager

An employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars.

More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.

Outside the office, Gordon is a season-ticket holder at West Ham United and is deputy editor of the popular West Ham website kumb.com, in which capacity he is often invited on to podcasts, tv and radio programmes, usually when the producers cannot find anyone famous to talk to.

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Batanayi Katongera

Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing

Batanayi is a Partner based in the London office.

Batanayi leads the transfer pricing service line at MHA and has over 18 years of transfer pricing experience in the UK across a broad spectrum of industry sectors including financial services, private equity, funds, manufacturing, media and technology, as well as life sciences and telecommunications.

Batanayi helps clients prepare and defend transfer pricing policies and he has a particular focus on resolving transfer pricing disputes involving complex transfer pricing enquiries.  This extends to handling MAP proceedings and agreeing APAs, and ATCAs. 

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Hilary Barrett

Audit Director

Hilary joined MHA Macintyre Hudson in April 2017 as a Director, having previously been a partner in a Surrey firm.  She has 20 years’ experience working with clients spanning the range from small businesses and individuals to international groups, providing audit, accountancy, business services and taxation advice.  Her qualifications as both a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser allow her to provide a broad service to her clients.

Hilary has experience of a varied range of sectors including travel, hospitality, engineering, pharmaceutical, care homes, leasing companies and charities, dealing in both UK and international accounting standards.

Outside work Hilary spends much of her time dealing with her two teenage children and her Labrador dog but tries to make time for pilates, swimming, films, friends and nights in with her husband and a box set.

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What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions

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