ABTA Tourism and Law Seminar

Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016

Time: 2:15pm – 3:45pm

Location: MU504/5, Lord Swraj Paul Building, University of Wolverhampton Business School, Molineux Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SG

Tourism & hospitality is one of the world’s largest service sectors involving the movement of people, capitals, and businesses on a global scale. As illustrated by the United Nations’ World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), travel legislation formulates a regulatory framework for the proper development and management of tourism activities. This covers travel consumers and organisations with basic legal protection, and also, regulates the conservation of natural resources and the preservation of cultural traditions.

The wide scope of tourism & hospitality transactions represents endless opportunities in travel law practice and the importance for managers in tourism & hospitality to understand the legal aspect of their actions. The University of Wolverhampton and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) jointly bring together three experts from the academia and the industry to discuss a number of key topics such as Brexit and international travel, the legal issues of sharing economy, human rights in hospitality industry, and contractual disputes.

This seminar is open to the public. Places are limited, so please book by email to Joshua Barnett at j.barnett@wlv.ac.uk

Guest Speakers

Simon Bunce, Director of Legal Affairs, ABTA

Simon is a solicitor and was appointed Director of Legal Affairs and ABTA’s Company Secretary in 2004, having joined ABTA as a Legal Adviser in 1996.  Simon’s team is responsible for the provision of legal and regulatory guidance to Members; the advice and alternative dispute resolution services to customers of ABTA Members; and for the operation and enforcement of ABTA’s Code of Conduct.


Erich Hou, Lecturer in Law, University of South Wales

Erich is an admitted lawyer in New York (2001) and a non-practising solicitor in England and Wales (2008). He has worked in Taipei, New York, Hong Kong and the UK in the areas of both business and law. After returning to academia, he now teaches law at University of South Wales and Intellectual Property Office in Newport specialising in human rights, intellectual property and consumer protection. His PhD thesis focuses on universal human rights and equal marriage.