Atherton Advisory Travel Law consultants

Laws & legal frameworks

Compliance, Security & Risk Management

Governance, institutions & administrative systems

Policy, planning & development

Trade & regional cooperation

Education, Training & Capacity Building

International Tourism Law Institute

About Us

Atherton Advisory is a multidisciplinary international consultancy which provides specialized advice and services to industry, government and international development agencies in relation to tourism.

Our particular specialty is tourism policy, law and development and we have provided advice and services on these subject areas for projects and clients as diverse as:

  • Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
  • Raffles Hotels, Cambodia
  • Qantas Airways
  • Queensland Government Tourism Policy Bureau
  • Australian Government Standing Committee on Tourism
  • Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
  • Hawaiian Visitors Bureau
  • Hong Kong Trade & Development Counci
  • Cambodian Ministry of Tourism
  • Angkor Wat Tourism Development Zone
  • Eastern Province Regional Tourism Authority
  • Saudi Arabian Supreme Commission for Tourism
  • World Travel & Tourism Council
  • World Tourism Organisation
  • Asian Development Bank
  • World Bank
  • UNDP
  • UNEP

Directors & Affiliates
The directors of Atherton Advisory are multidisciplinary experts in these subject areas with extensive qualifications and experience in law, tourism, commerce, policy, planning, development and management. Because we have worked in these areas in academe, professional practice and in the industry we pride ourselves on delivering advice and services which are not only technically sound but also practical and implementable in the client's particular circumstances.

In addition, we have a network of affiliated consultants available as needed around the world who are experts in complementary and related fields including finance, marketing, statistics, IT, human resources, economic and environmental assessment, heritage protection, land use planning, transportation, infrastructure, architecture, engineering and construction. We have the demonstrated expertise in program management and project management necessary to manage diverse teams on larger and more complex assignments if required.

Managing Director : Trevor C. AthertonTrevor Atherton

  • Lawyer: Australia, England, Wales
  • B.Com, Queensland University, Australia, 1974
  • LLB (Hons), Queensland University, Australia, 1976
  • MSc (Tourism Management) (Distinction) Surrey University, England, 1991 including major in Tourism Planning and Development
  • LLM (Tourism Law) Bond University, Australia, 1997 including submajor in Dispute Resolution
  • Visiting Professorships at Bond University and other University Tourism Research & Teaching Centres
  • Founding Editorial Board, International Travel Law Journal
  • Founding Member, International Centre for Research and Study of Tourism (CIRET), Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Member Advisory Board, Centre for Tourism & Risk Management, Queensland University, Australia
  • Founding Director, International Tourism Law Institute (ITLI)

Trevor is an internationally recognised expert on tourism policy, law and development who has practised, lectured, written and consulted on these subjects for more than 25 years in Australia and internationally.
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He has recently completed a 4 year assignment for the Supreme Commission for Tourism in Saudi Arabia firstly as Program Manager for the Sustainable Tourism Development Plan and then as Senior Advisor in the implementation phase and Director of the Laws & Regulations Program.
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Director: Trudie AthertonTrudie Atherton

  • Lawyer: Australia, England, Wales
  • LLB (Hons), Queensland University, Australia, 1976
  • Certificate in Conversational French, Surrey University, UK 1991
  • LLM (Tourism Law) Bond University, Australia, 1994 including submajor in Dispute Resolution
  • BA, Queensland University, Australia, 1997 majors in English and French
  • Mediator, Queensland Building Tribunal, Law Society, Legal Aid Office
  • Director, Tourism Law Unit, University of Technology, Sydney
  • Co-Founder, International Tourism Law Institute (ITLI)

Trudie is an expert on tourism law, policy and training who has practised, lectured, written and consulted on these subjects in Australia and internationally.
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She has a particular interest in mediation, training, tourism awareness, capacity building and world heritage and is currently undertaking doctorate research in regulating marine tourism.
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