Business secretary Vince Cable has claimed that Britain and Ireland’s events sector amount to more than the sum of their parts when working together.
He made the point at an event in London alongside Irish taoiseach Edna Kenny, in which it was confirmed that the British government would support joint activity with Ireland, irishpost.co.uk reports.
In response to a question on collaborative working between Britain and Ireland, which was put forward by vice-chair of the British Visits and Events Partnership, Richard Foulkes, Cable answered: “Speaking from a UK point of view, we lose out when we don’t work together.”
Cable and Kenny were speaking at an event organised to explore the existing business links between Great Britain and Ireland, as well as the direction these could take in the future. The meeting came as part of a wider itinerary of events which culminated in a historic visit to London from Irish President Michael D Higgins, during which he met with the Queen.
Explaining just why he put forward the question, Foulkes told meetpie.com: “The reason I asked… was that it’s important for us to be seen as a sector.
“We’re a massive sector of tourism, hospitality and events and it’s important to remind people on a senior level of that, and that we get recognised. They’re starting to realise that ours is a sector that generates genuine jobs.”