John Downes

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John Downes is an International Legal Consultant. Acknowledged as a world expert in Tourism Law by United Nations World Tourism Organisation, he has acted on behalf of the UNWTO, UNDP, European Commission, SNV (Dutch Aid Agency), USAID in Tourism Law projects. He has drafted tourism legislation for Albania, Armenia, Bahrain, Bhutan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Eritrea, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Libya, Malawi, Moldova, Montenegro, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Syria, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza and Tanzania/Zanzibar. He was appraiser of Malta's compliance with EU Law in the tourism sector prior to its accession. He was the legal adviser to the Government of the Maldives on the leasing of 11 islands for tourism development. He is the co-author of Travel and Tourism Law in the UK, other books and numerous articles and papers. He has regularly contributed to BBC programmes and has regularly been interviewed as an expert on tourism law by broadcasters from around the world. He is a regular speaker at conferences and delivers training programmes for the travel industry in the UK and in Dubai. He was national examiner in Travel Law for the City and Guilds of London and the Guild of Business Travel Agents. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Travel and Tourism.
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John J Downes
50 Woodberry Drive, Walmley
Sutton Coldfield
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