The TTC helps the world’s best travel companies sell the world’s best holidays.

Since forming in 2005, The Travel Trade Consultancy has assisted over 500 companies navigate and understand UK, European and global travel regulations.

Setting up a Travel Business in your Country

We can assist you in getting set up correctly whether you are looking to trade in Europe, the Americas, Asia or Australasia.

Travel continues to grow with more people travelling overseas each year. In 2014 there were 1.08 billion international tourist arrivals with travel & tourism contributing $7.58 trillion to the global economy.

If you would like to be part of this growing sector then you will need to ensure you have the correct licences and memberships and complied with local regulations.

What is an IATA licence and do I need one?

If you are looking buy flights direct from airlines then you will need to consider becoming accredited with International Air Transport Association – IATA.

IATA is the trade association for the world’s airlines and represents 260 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. Airlines appoint IATA agents to issue tickets on their behalf and collect money regularly through the Bank Settlement Plan. Without IATA it is very difficult to be appointed as an agent of the airline.

The cost of IATA and the requirements vary from country to country so please contact us with details of your plans and we can give you a list of the requirements and costs.

Other Licences and Memberships

Even if an IATA licence is not for you, you will still need to consider what other licences and membership are required for your business.

In many countries it is mandatory to become licenced as a travel business. This can also include the requirement to provide financial protection to your clients so if your business was to cease trading, your clients would be refunded or repatriated if abroad.

Some countries have moved away from mandatory licensing of travel businesses but many businesses still choose to obtain a travel association membership because the public or travel trade take comfort from an affiliated travel business.

About us

The Travel Trade Consultancy is an independent practice providing bespoke advice and services to new and existing businesses in the travel sector.

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We’re a team of specialists with many years' experience in understanding the complex UK, European and global travel regulations.

Whether you are starting your first travel business, expanding overseas or going through changes, we can provide advice and assistance.

We work together with the best travel industry accountants, insurance companies and lawyers to provide you with a joined-up service that covers all your advisory needs.

Getting started

As every company's requirements are different, we offer an initial, free consultation to find out what's right for your business. You can call us or use the form below to contact us and we'll provide you with a tailor-made plan of the licences you'll need to sell holidays in your country.

  • +44 20 8123 4567
  • info@thettc.co.uk
  • The Travel Trade Consultancy
    Coppergate House
    16 Brune Street
    London
    United Kingdom
    E1 7NJ