Government forms specialist events commitee

Event venues are to receive Government help in the UK as the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events (APPG) is formed.

The group will be made up of 27 MPs and peers and it aims to improve event industry links to Parliament. The contribution of function venues, corporate venues and conference centres to the economy is estimated to be worth £36m a year.

MP Nick de Bois told CIT Magazine, that previously the Government has “not really represented itself well within the industry,” and this new committee should change that.

With big events like the Olympics secured in London next year, the spotlight is firmly on the APPG to continue to bring big events to the UK.

Michael Hirst, chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership told Meetings Review: “The creation of an APPG specifically for the events sector is a major step forward for our industry.”

“The enthusiasm for this group within Parliament and the sheer number of MPs and peers seeking to join demonstrates the interest in our sector, and will significantly help us to communicate the importance of events to both Parliament and government,” he added.

The APPG are set to meet on June 13th where they are to be briefed by leisure event leaders on outdoor and cultural events, and festivals.