Three of the organisations which represent Britain’s tourism industry and its event venues sector face an uncertain future, after a document leaked to the BBC has placed them the list of quangos facing possible reform or abolishment in the government’s spending review.
As reported by Event Magazine, both Visit Britain and Visit England are listed in the internal document which details the quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations (“quangos”) currently under review by the coalition government. Although their future is “still to be decided”, unlike 180 others that are to be abolished and 124 that are to be merged, the document raises the possibility of reforms which will have a direct impact on event spaces in the UK.
Another quango placed on the “still to be decided” list could also have a significant impact on the industry. The Central Office of Information (COI), which hands out central government contracts to function venues as well as marketing/advertising agencies, also faces possible reforms or abolition.
Whilst no further information has been made available about the government’s decision regarding these organisations, the BBC reports that the Cabinet Secretary has launched an investigation into “the leak of a government document on public bodies reform.”
A spokeswoman for the office told BBC news that the list “made it clear that [the government] is committed to radically increasing accountability and improving efficiency.”