BVEP launches events manifesto

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP) has launched a manifesto in a bid to show how the event industry can boost both business and tourism.

BVEP chairman Michael Hirst
BVEP chairman Michael Hirst

The Events Can Win for Britain report features 39 recommendations highlighting a role for both national and local government, focusing on better regulation and more competitive taxation, as well as proposals for infrastructure, marketing and training.

Proposals contained within the document include the creation of a special events visa and integrating the events sector into the Creative Industries Strategy.

The partnership’s Manifesto Working Group, under the leadership of Brian Kirsch, Event Assured and EVCOM, compiled the manifesto together with input from the BVEP’s 22 leading representative bodies.

Kirsch said: "Increasingly we are getting the ear of government and we wanted a document that not only sells our industry, but explains how ministers and policy-makers can create a better environment for the industry to flourish.

"We have extended print runs of the manifesto so that anyone in the industry that has a relationship with government departments can pass on a copy ahead of the General Election."

The manifesto will be issued to senior policy-makers, government departments, MPs and ministers, as well as through the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, chaired by Nick de Bois.

Michael Hirst, BVEP chairman, said: "With a General Election only seven months away, now is a crucial time to start convincing politicians, prospective parliamentary candidates and those who compile the party manifestos that the events industry can help to shape Britain’s future.

"The document is comprehensive and lays out the ways government can support the £39.1bn event industr. Any political party seeking to win the election needs to take note of it."

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