Government receives event industry wish list

The Business Visits and Events Partnership has sent the government a Wish List, designed to raise awareness of the events and meetings industries' needs.

Government receives event industry wish list
Government receives event industry wish list

The "Keep Britain Talking" campaign, launched this Spring, has already shared its concerns with Barbara Follett, the minister for tourism and her officials at the Department for Culture, Media & Sport.

"We understand she [Follett] is discussing these and other tourism issues with her newly established Tourism Advisory Council and other Government departments through the Cross Whitehall Inter-Ministerial Group on Tourism," said Michael Hirst OBE, Keep Britain Talking partner and chairman of The Business Visits and Events Partnership.

The organisation's proposed initiatives include:

  • Seminars for local authorities to better inform them about the benefits of events to local economies,
  • A meeting for event representatives across the UK to discuss how to revitalise UK plc through events.
  • Reinstatement of corporate hospitality tax allowances on activities that seek to bring events to Britain
  • A National subvention package for UK destinations when bidding for international events to enable British cities to compete with international destinations.
  • A step up in the Ministerial Support Programme for bidding for International Events to come to Britain.
  • Boris Johnson, having agreed to champion the creation of a London International Convention Centre, Government could now help with some pump priming.

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