Government thanks events industry for survey input as it 'finalises report'

The Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has thanked the UK events industry for 'widespread input' into its Events Industry Survey at the end of 2014.

Simon Hughes, vice chair, BVEP
Simon Hughes, vice chair, BVEP

The survey was part of an effort by a DCMS taskforce to look at ways that the government can add value to the UK’s events industry.

The Business Visits & Events Partnership (BVEP), which coordinated the distribution of the survey, expects to receive the results within the next month.

Writing on behalf of DCMS to the BVEP, John-Paul Corcoran said: "I would like to thank you for your participation in the Events Industry Survey. I can confirm that having received the data, the department is in the process of collating the information that you have so generously provided.

"We are now finalising a report that will set out recommendations to fulfill the Secretary of State's objective to highlight the UK as a key destination for business conferences and events. We very much look forward to sharing the recommendations with you."

Simon Hughes, vice chair of the BVEP, said: "It's a positive sign that DCMS is getting the right level of engagement from the industry. Ensuring that they are speaking to the right people and helping them take an informed, consultative approach to working with the industry has been critical. 

"All of our partners are obviously looking forward to hearing the results of the work undertaken by the DCMS and seeing what tangible proposals government has developed to provide practical support to the industry that will enable us to build on the economic value we create for the country."

In October, BVEP chair Michael Hirst told C&IT: "Government is at long last giving recognition to the events industry and what it can do to the economy. There’s a series of activities going on within government right now to scope a policy plan for the industry."

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