Copthorne Hotel, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, England 17th – 19th May 2006The Travel Industry has had a turbulent year, coping with not only the Tsunami disaster, but also what seemed to be a never ending hurricane season in Florida, the Carribean and Mexico. While all this was happening, the legislators, the regulators, the lawyers and the courts have all been busy. The ATOL scheme – the cornerstone of consumer protection in the industry, is about to undergo a radical review. The High Court has pronounced on the fundamental issue of ‘What is a package?’. The EU and the US Supreme Court have had important things to say about disability discrimination in the travel industry, and the EU has brought forth more controversial legislation in the form of the new Denied Boarding, Delay and Cancellation Regulation.All these topics are of vital importance to the travel industry, to policy makers and to travel lawyers and will be discussed at length in this, the sixth conference in this series hosted jointly by Northumbria University and Nova Southeastern University.As usual, our prestigious panel of international speakers has been given time to debate the topics at length. The purpose is to provide delegates not only with an in-depth approach to the issues but also for them to be able to enter into a dialogue with speakers.Additionally, the social programme, the lunches and the conference dinner will give delegates the chance to converse with each other and mingle with the speakers in a more relaxed environment.Please download the conference brochure, which gives further details on the programme, social events and also a booking form. To find out more about what the region has to offer in terms of accommodation, events and tourist attractions, please visit the Northumbria Tourist Board’s website.