Travel legal expert shares his knowledge with Tourism students

Posted on 23rd February 2018

A leading specialist in the legal aspects of the travel industry has shared his knowledge with students at the University of Chester.

Alan Bowen.
Alan Bowen.

Alan Bowen, who is a qualified solicitor with more than 30 years of advising the travel industry, gave two guest lectures to students on Tourism programmes at the University’s Business School.

He discussed legal issues which could impact on tour operators, such as how the travel industry has fought back against claims of gastric illnesses.

Alan spent eight years as Head of Legal Services at ABTA and has been Legal Advisor to the Association of ATOL Companies (AAC) for more than 20 years and is the ATTA (African Travel and Tourism Association) Honorary Legal Advisor.

He specialises in regulation and licensing for new start-ups to multi-million pound businesses with the IATA (International Air Transport Association), CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and ABTA. He has vast experience in advising operators, large and small, on regulation, customer service, terms and conditions and other contractual matters. Alan also regularly works with the media on travel related questions and regular pieces in Trade Travel Gazette, Watchdog and BBC World News.

He is a former colleague of Dr Ann Hindley, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Tourism and Events Management, and lived in Handbridge while studying at the University of Law.

Alan said: “As a former student in Chester I was delighted to return and discover a vibrant Business School, full of enthusiastic students and lecturers who live in the real world and can impart not just academic knowledge but real life examples to the students.

“The Tourism and Hospitality sectors are not only important to Chester itself, but will provide a significant number of jobs in the world in the future. I hope the students enjoyed our sessions and look forward to returning in the future.”

Dr Ann Hindley said “Alan gave a fascinating guest lecture which introduced our students to travel law in a lively and engaging way, using anecdotes and real-life industry cases to help them understand some of the challenging contemporary issues facing the industry. Alan’s wealth of legal experience really made the subject come to life.”