A number of senior figures from the events industry are meeting with members of Parliament in a “closed-door dinner” as part of the Britain for Events campaign, reports Exhibition News.
Co-chaired by Nick de Bois MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, and Michael Hirst, chair of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, the dinner aims to create a close bond between the industry and government in order to boost the competitiveness of the UK’s event venues internationally.
Live music, festivals, cultural events, meetings, conferences and trade shows all fall under the banner of Britain for Events, which is now operating in its 10th year. The campaign, designed to promote the value of these tourist spaces, has the support of the number of regional tourism bodies as well as national bodies and corporate brands.
Rob Allen, Chairman of “the voice of the events industry” Eventia, commented on the meeting to incentivetravel.co.uk: “In the lead up to the Olympics, it is even more critical that the Government understands and takes seriously the overall contribution of the UK events industry.
“In just six months, we will be on the world’s stage, with the value of the Olympics expected to add substantially to our economy. To be able to discuss key issues and challenges for the industry with an MP who shares the same passion for events as we do is an important step forward,” he added.