BVEP's manifesto, which has been sent to 350 MPs, has called for support for the events and meetings industry through investment, business incentives and tax changes.
The manifesto will be presented again at the House of Commons on 20 October, during National Meetings Week.
BVEP chairman Michael Hirst said; "Despite those that suggest the industry hasn't got its act together, over the last decade the industry's leading organisations, both trade representatives and government agencies, have worked in partnership, to provide a powerful and cohesive industry voice, to influence and develop policies and practices from which the meetings and events sector can benefit in growing the visitor economy, trade and creative enterprise."
The document sets out ten reasons why meetings and events are important to the UK's economy, as well as calling for support for the industry.
Among key points highlighted in the manifesto are:
- Improve infrastructure and transport by offering incentives to airlines to increase access in major cities, and through greater investment in rail networks, especially to and from airports to major event destinations.
- Implement fair fiscal and taxation measures that encourage the growth of business visits and events, for example, by bringing VAT in line with other European countries on accommodation, conference and event services.
- Trial adjusted Daylight Saving to produce lighter evenings all year round which would benefit outdoor events with longer opening hours and increase business.
BVEP has requested meetings with the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt, the new Minister for Tourism, John Penrose and the new Minister for Culture and Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey to discuss the manifesto. Excel London has supported the document.